Living a clean, healthy lifestyle is easy to understand once you know the basics
, but it can sometimes go a bit wrong when it comes to snacking. Old habits creep in and, let's be honest, it's so much easier to reach for that bag of crisps than to prepare a healthy snack.
No matter how healthy your meals are though, if you throw all of your hard work away on unhealthy snacks then you are only making your weight loss journey even more difficult.
Here are some easy and delicious guilt-free snack ideas to keep you on track:
1. Raw carrots and peanut butter
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This is my personal favourite. Admittedly, it sounds a little odd, but try it...you'll see why I love it. It's ridiculously simple to make, and takes barely any time at all, so there's no excuse to go rummaging through the cupboard for unhealthy snacks.
Peel and chop some raw carrots, then dip them into a small pot of peanut butter...and enjoy!
2. Raw vegetables and dip
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If peanut butter isn't your thing, then try chopping some raw vegetables and dipping them into some hummus, or check out my recipe for creamy garlic avocado dip
. Both of these options are healthy and delicious!
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The best nuts to reach for as a snack are almonds; because they are packed full of fibre, protein and healthy fats, or walnuts; because they also contain plenty of protein and fibre, as well as omega-3 . All of which are great for weight loss. Cashew nuts are also great because they are filled with essential minerals: magnesium, phosphorus and zinc.
4. Greek yoghurt with berries
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Greek yoghurt is full of nutritional benefits, and, just by adding some berries to it, you can make the perfect snack. High in protein and yet it tastes like you are having a treat.
5. Cottage cheese-filled avocado
Avocado baked eggs
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is a delicious lunch, but for something involving avocado that takes a lot less time, try removing the pit from half an avocado, and filling the space with cottage cheese. You'll get a high protein and high fibre snack that tastes great!
6. Frozen fruit lollipops
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Rather than buying sugar-filled lollies for the summer, make your own by simply freezing fruit juices in ice lolly moulds. If you find that they need a little sweetening (which is only because we are all used to manufacturers adding sugar to most things), add some honey. They're delicious
, and great to have in the freezer throughout the summer.
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Raisins may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you fancy a snack, but they are great because they can satisfy your sweet-tooth, so will help to eliminate any sugar cravings.
8. Hard boiled egg
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Yes, this is quite plain, but I keep a few (already boiled) eggs in the fridge ready for if I fancy a snack, and they do the trick...plus they're obviously full of protein; which is a bonus!
9. Fruit kebab
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This is really easy to make, but looks impressive...particularly if you've got children who don't want to eat fruit. Simply chop some fruit and push it onto either cocktail sticks for small kebabs, or kebab sticks for larger ones. Very refreshing and they look great too!
10. Apple bagel
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This is something a little different; you remove the core from an apple and cut it in half, then use it like a bagel; spreading peanut butter (and a little honey if desired) on it. A healthy alternative to a bagel, which actually tastes really good.
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