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On the hunt for healthier options?
Try these healthy Snacks for the Easter period
As we enter the Easter period and the supermarket shelves fill with chocolate eggs, it can feel harder to keep up good snacking habits that you might keep to throughout the year. You still want a sweet treat, but are there healthier options?
The answer is – yes!
Here are six nutritious snack options, which will tickle your sweet tooth too.
1. DARK CHOCOLATE
You might find this surprising, but high quality dark chocolate with a high cocoa content is actually a nutritious option.
With a considerable amount of fibre, quality dark chocolate also includes iron, magnesium and copper. Not to mention the wide variety of antioxidants you find in dark chocolate.
With all sweet treats however, it’s best to enjoy this in moderation. But boy, what a good alternative!
2. COMPLETE BY JUICE PLUS+ BARS
Our Complete by Juice Plus+ bars are also a fabulous healthy on-the-go snack.
Full of Omega-3 fatty acids and fibre, choose between the chocolate and mixed fruit bars for a delicious snack.
The mixed fruit contains raisins, cranberries, mango and goji berries and combined with flax seeds, the bars are also vegan and gluten free.
3. DRIED FRUIT
Dried fruit is an excellent way to satisfy snack cravings. When selecting your dried fruit, try to go for a packet with no added sugar and consider which fruit you might like to go for.
Dried apricots are a great source of potassium and vitamin E, whereas raisins and currants are rich in potassium and manganese.
If you’re feeling extra decadent, you could even go for a dried fruit covered in dark chocolate or yoghurt - yum!
Nuts are packed with so many things that are good for us; it is no wonder they are always high up on the list for healthy alternative snacks!
Each nut contains a range of different nutrients so do your research; for example, almonds are laden with calcium and vitamin E, whereas cashews are a good source of zinc and iron.
Hazelnuts are great if you need more folate and pecans are rich in oleic acid, the healthy fat found in olives and avocadoes.
5. ENERGY BALLS
Anyone who hasn’t tried an energy ball as a filling snack needs to try them ASAP!
The great thing about energy balls is you can literally make them from almost anything in your cupboard, any dried fruits, desiccated coconut etc.
For a simple homemade energy ball, add crushed pecans, currants, ground almonds, desiccated coconut, nut butter and agave syrup to a bowl. Mix up and roll into golf size balls. Leave in fridge to firm up and voila!
6. FRESH FRUIT
Of course this is on the list, and not to be forgotten. Whilst fruit does have a naturally high sugar content, most are low in fats and packed with essential vitamins and minerals.
If you’re getting bored of the same apples, oranges and bananas, try something different.
Pick up a grapefruit, pineapple or even blueberries for a change; every fruit has something unique to offer.
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