Quick and easy healthy snacks

By | August 8, 2014

Hey Team!

One of my favourite things to do is eat! Seriously. I love good healthy, nutritious food…as well as the occasional ‘not so good for me treat’ – I’m human too! So when I’m between meals and I get hungry, I find it great to have on hand a quick, easy snack that isn’t loaded with sugar and additives.  

What do you snack on? What is the one thing you always have nearby to satisfy your stomach when it’s talking to you? 
 
Something I have been experimenting with these past few weeks is a homemade muesli bar. It’s super quick to make and very cost effective compared to the ones you buy at the supermarket, not to mention better for you! And this week I am giving you all a copy of the recipe for FREE! Keep scrolling to the end of this post and you will find it there.

In this weeks video I go through different options for you to have as a snack, and there’s a sneaky one in there that most people don’t even think of!
 
Check it out here: http://youtu.be/noPabPoO8TQ

Let me know your thoughts on the video on Facebook or email me (details below). I love to hear from you so I can find out how you are going and if any of the videos I post are working for you!  
 
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Rock on!

Dr Gareth
 
P.S As promised here is my quick and easy muesli bar recipe! 

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter (Get a good quality peanut butter that has no added extras, just contains nuts and maybe some salt)
  • 1/4 cup honey (Raw or manuka if you can get it)
  • 1/4 cup protein powder (I prefer pea protein but you can use whatever type you have available) 
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder (I use cocoa powder as that’s what I have available at the moment but you could also try raw cacao powder as a healthier option – it may make it a little bitter)
  • 1/2 cup almonds
  • 3/4 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 3/4 cup sunflower seeds
  • 3/4 cup dried sultanas
  • 1/2 cup dried dates
  • 1/2 cup desiccated coconut 
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt (Natural, pink, himalayan sea salt, not the white, iodised table salt) 

Directions: 
1. Melt the coconut oil, peanut butter and honey together in a pan, over a low heat, you don’t want to burn the mixture.

2. Take the pan off the heat and add in the protein powder and cocoa powder. Stir well to combine.

3. Then add in all the nuts, seeds and fruit and mix together.

4. Add in the desiccated coconut and salt and stir it all together. It should start to look like it is sticking together, but if you notice there is still some liquid in the pan just add a little more of any of the dry ingredients until it is all absorbed.

5. Then line a baking tin or tray with grease-proof paper and spoon the mixture in, smooth it out so it is all even and place in the fridge to set for approximately 1 hour. When it has set take it out and cut it into slices.

6. When you take it with you make sure you either glad wrap it or have it in a container as when it gets to room temperature it can go a little soft and break apart a little.

7. Enjoy!

Feel free to substitute the dried fruit, nuts and seeds for whatever varieties you like – cashew nuts, chia seeds, brazil nuts, currants, cranberries, blueberries – are just a handful of options. You can also play with the quantities used if you find the amounts in the recipe aren’t quite right for you.

Please send me your feedback on this – what you liked, what you didn’t, any variations you made that worked better! I’m always open to comments and suggestions! 

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