Monday 8 January 2018 / London, UK

5 Healthy Snack Recipes to Try this Month

5 Healthy Snack Recipes to Try this Month
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We all treat ourselves over the Christmas period - whether that's a full overindulgence with Christmas dinner and all the trimmings, or just a few chocolates here and there. I'm definitely guilty of this. And what makes it worse is that I get in the cycle of overeating (and, possibly over drinking), then severely cutting back when it comes to the New Year.

But it shouldn't take all that cutting back in order to return to the body that I had before the month of December reared its ugly head - just some small changes, including drinking lots of water to cleanse the body of toxins, regular exercise and making healthier choices when it comes to diet.

If you're a snacker, like me, your diet will benefit from some healthier options when it comes to the food you consume in between meals. Instead of chocolates, cakes and crisps, switch to a small piece of dark chocolate, homemade oat bars and vegetable crisps. You don't have to cut things out of your diet completely - just substitute them for smarter choices. With that in mind, here are five easy-to-make, healthy snack choices that you can try this month and, hopefully, carry on eating throughout the year.

Chocolate overnight oats
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1. Chocolate overnight oats

60g oats
1 1/2 tbsp Exante Chocolate Shake powder
120ml plain yoghurt
120ml almond milk
30g pecan nuts (shelled and crushed)
Handful of blackberries

Mix the oats, chocolate shake powder, plain yoghurt and almond milk together. Pour into a container and leave in the fridge overnight or for a few hours.
Sprinkle the pecan nuts and blackberries on top, and enjoy!

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2. Tzatziki

1/4 of a cucumber
1 clove garlic
100g plain yoghurt
Juice of half a lemon

Grate the cucumber into a bowl. Flip the grater over and finely grate the garlic into the same bowl.
Add the yoghurt and lemon juice, stir and enjoy straight away with rye bread.

Protein flapjacks
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3. Protein flapjacks

Ingredients (makes 12)
Oil for greasing
50g baking spread
2 tbsp almond butter
3 tbsp maple syrup
2 ripe bananas
1 apple
250g oats
2 tsp Exante Vanilla Shake powder
80g dried apricots
80g mixed seed
100g raisins

Heat oven to 160C/140C fan/gas 3. Use the oil to grease a 20cm square tin, then line it with baking parchment. 
Mash the bananas, chop the dried apricots and peel and grate the apple, then leave to one side.
Heat the spread, almond butter and maple syrup in a small pan until melted. Add the mashed banana, grated apple and 100ml hot water, and mix to combine.
Pour the oats, chopped dried aprictos, raisinsand seeds into a large bowl. Pour in the banana and apple mixture and stir until everything is coated. 
Tip into the cake tin and level the surface. Bake for 55 mins until golden. Leave to cool in the tin. Cut into 12 pieces to serve or store in an airtight container in the fridge.

Apple, banana and cinnamon smoothie
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4. Apple, banana and cinnamon smoothie

300ml almond milk
1 apple
1 banana
1 teaspoon cinnamon

Chop the apple and banana, then place in a blender with the almond milk, protein powder and cinnamon. Blend until smooth, then drink straight away.

Butterscotch nice cream
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5. Butterscotch nice cream

Ingredients (makes 1 serving)
1 large banana

Chop up the banana, place it in a container and leave in the freezer overnight.
Place the chopped, frozen banana in a blender and blend until smooth. Add the protein powder and blend again until it is all mixed in.
Enjoy right away or freeze to eat later.


Did you overindulge over Christmas, too? What are your favourite healthy snacks? Let me know in the comments section below!



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