Break the cycle of the same snacks day in and out and keep your options delicious and creative with some of the ideas below.
1. Kale chips
Wash 1 bunch of kale and chop into 2 inch sections. Drizzle with 1 tbsp of olive oil and a pinch of sea salt and black pepper. Bake in the oven at 160o C for 10-15 minutes until crispy.
In a food processor, add 1 ½ cups walnuts; ½ cup raw cacao; ¼ cup flax seed meal; ¼ cup goji berries; ¼ cup desiccated coconut; 1 tsp coconut oil; 8 fresh dates; vanilla, cinnamon and a pinch of salt. Roll into balls and store in the fridge.
3. Sliced apples with cinnamon almond butter dip
Chop up 1 green apple into thin slices. In a bowl, combine 3 tbsp almond butter with 1 tsp honey and ½ tsp cinnamon.
4. Carrot cake smoothie
Blend together ¼ cup grated carrot, 1 scoop of vanilla protein powder, a handful of walnuts, 2 tbsp Greek yogurt (optional), 1 tsp of cinnamon, a pinch of nutmeg, 1-2 tsp of vanilla stevia/honey/maple syrup, 1 cup almond milk and a handful of ice cubes. Top with extra grated carrot, crushed walnuts and cinnamon.
In a blender or food processor combine 2 cups chopped tomatoes, a handful each of chopped celery, cucumber and red bell pepper, 2 tbsp chopped red onions, 1 tbsp chopped cilantro, 1 tbsp lime juice, ¼ cup water. Pulse the above ingredients for 1-2 minutes and add an additional ¼ cup of water. Optional: add hot sauce.
6. Honey sesame bark
Combine ¼ cup of honey, ¼ cup peanut butter, ¾ cup sesame seeds, ¼ cup shredded coconut in a bowl. Spread into an 8 x 8 baking dish and refrigerate for 3-4 hours. Cut into 1 inch squares when ready.
7. Vegetables with almond butter sauce
Chop up your choice of vegetables: red peppers, cucumbers, carrots or broccoli. In a bowl, mix 4 tbsp of almond butter with 1 tbsp of orange juice and tsp apple cider vinegar. Top with toasted, crushed peanuts.
8. Creamy berry ice pops
Puree 2 cups of mixed frozen berries with the juice of l lemon. Add a few drops of vanilla stevia/honey/maple syrup. In a separate bowl combine 1 cup coconut yogurt with a sweetener of choice until desired sweetness is achieved. Pour alternating layers of the berry puree and yogurt mixture into popsicle molds and insert the popsicle sticks halfway down. Freeze until firm or approximately 8 hours.
9. Superfood trail mix
Get creative and mix up your ingredients. You can rotate the various nuts, seeds and dried fruits that you use. Options include: brazil nuts, roasted almonds, cacao nibs, golden berries, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, sea buckthorn berries, cranberries, dried blueberries, goji berries, raisins and granola bites. The list is endless and preparation time is quick.
10. Tamari roasted almonds
It is best to first soak your almonds in order to release the phytic acid content, which increase the bioavailability of vitamins and minerals. Soaking nuts and seeds also neutralizes enzyme inhibitors, which makes digestion easier.
Add 2 cups of almonds to 1 liter of water with 1 tbsp sea salt. Cover with a breathable cloth or napkin and secure in place with a rubber band. Soak over night or for 24 hours and rinse. Preheat the oven to 175o C. Add the almonds to a parchment paper-lined baking tray and roast for 15 minutes. Add 2 tbsp of tamari to the almonds and return to the oven. Roast for another 15-20 minutes until deep brown.