Our busy schedules can often get in the way of our daily routines. It is so hard to always stay on track with healthy eating habits and sometimes it's easier to grab the most accessible snack when you're in a pinch, which doesn't always mean the healthiest. We find the key to success in terms of healthy eating and staying on track is meal prep. Yes it does sound boring but it works! It's so easy to switch on some Netflix instead of doing a few minutes of meal prep before bed, however when you don't bring a lunch or plan what you're going to have, that's when you often opt for the quickest and easiest choice. Which might not always be the healthiest option. We wanted to share some of our favourite go-to recipes that are super easy and healthy. They will make such a difference when you're stuck for ideas on healthy snacks and also provide you with some better options than reaching for that delectable chocolate chip cookies are your local Starbucks (yes we are guilty of that too!). Hope you enjoy! XX
1. Apple Slices and Almond Butter
One of the easiest and healthiest snacks to make when you're in a rush that only takes a few minutes is some apple slices and a spoonful of almond butter. Cut up an apple in medium size slices and add a large spoonful of almond butter in a small separate container. Its so easy to snack on throughout the day when you're on the go. The almond butter provides you with some protein (keeping you full) and satisfies that afternoon sugar craving. It's one of our daily go-to's!
One of our favourite snacks that is so easy to make and great to prep beforehand, even freezing for those busy weeks that you can't seem to find any time is no bake energy balls. It's great for snacking on throughout the day, as they keep you full and they're actually healthy!
Ingredients: (serves about 2 dozen)
- 2/3 cup of toasted coconut
- 1 cup of dry oatmeal
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup of old fashioned oats
- 1/2 cup of honey
- 1/2 cup of flax seeds
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup of almond butter
1. Mix all the ingredients together in a large bowl. Roll into 1-inch balls and place in the fridge for about 20 mins.
Egg cups are a great option for breakfast on the go or even for lunch. These are super easy to make and honestly take no time at all! They are great to prep on a Sunday and keep refrigerated for the week to grab and go when you're late to work and need a quick and easy breakfast or lunch. These egg cups from Ambitious kitchen are easy, healthy and delicious!
- 2 cups of spinach
- 1 large roma tomato (diced and seeds removed)
- 1/2 cup of baby bella mushrooms (diced)
- 1 jalapeno (seeded and diced)
- 12 eggs
- 1/4 cup of unsweetened almond milk
- 1/2 teaspoon of salt
- freshly ground black pepper
- 3/4 of shredded cheddar (optional)
1. Separate the spinach, tomato, mushrooms and jalapeno. Divide evenly into each muffin tin.
2. In a separate bowl mix together the eggs, almond milk, salt and pepper. Fill each tin 3/4 with egg mixture.
3. Bake for 25-30 mins (until egg sets and rises in each tin).
Let the egg cups cool for about 10 mins and serve. Or pack in container and keep refrigerated for the week. Serve 2 per serving.
If you don't already know, we're huge Gwyneth Paltrow fans and of course Goop fans. We love all her recipes that she features on the Goop website. Paltrow always has the most creative and healthy recipes, that for the most part are pretty easy. One of her favourite recipes for a great healthy snack is her Beauty Seed Bars. They are a healthy morning or afternoon option, as most granola bars have tons of sugar and aren't actually nutritional.
- 1 cup of walnut halves and pieces
- 1 1/2 cups of gluten free oats, divided
- 1 cup of unsweetened coconut flakes
- 1/4 cup of flax seeds
- 1/2 of roasted sunflower seeds
- 1/4 cup of of hemp seeds
- 1/2 teaspoon of cardamom
- 3 tablespoons of melted coconut oil
- 1/2 teaspoons of melted coconut oil
- 1/2 teaspoon of course sea salt (maldon)
- 1/2 cup of brown rice syrup
- 2 tablespoons of maple syrup
- 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
2. Place the walnuts, oats and coconut in the bowl of a food processor. Process until they are finely ground. Remove from the food processor, place into another separate bowl and stir in the remaining 1/2 cup of oats and remaining ingredients.
3. Line an 8x8 inch pan with parchment paper and coconut oil.
4. Take the mixture and place into pan, evenly spread it out and make it flat with a spatula.
5. Bake for 25 mins (until edges are golden).
One of the most flavourful and unique snacks we've made lately is the Sweet Pototo Sage Latkes from the Goop website. Not only are they healthy, but they are actually easy to make and you can substitute these is practically any meal of the day or have them as a snack. They are flavourful and feels like you're cheating when eat these because they are THAT good!
- 2 cups of grated sweet potato
- 1/2 medium white onion, grated
- 1 tablespoon of mined sage
- 1 egg beaten
- 1/2 cup of Cup 4 Flour
- 1/2 Kosher Salt
- Sunflower seed frying oil
- Flaky salt
1. Combine the first ingredients in a bowl and mix well.
2. Heat a heavy bottom pan and add a few tablespoons of neutral oil. When the oil is shiny and hot, add 1/4 cup of batter to the pan. Flip the batter after about a minute of two. Cook on the other side for another minute and add. Place on paper towel and sprinkle some salt over top.
3. Serve with applesauce.