Cooking Lifestyle

3 healthy snacks you can take to work

Credit: Ellie's Kitchen - The Growing Up Guide

In an age where supermarket shelves are packed with proteins bars, vegetable crisps and other healthy ‘clean’ snacks it can be hard to summon the motivation to make your own! Well let’s face it, shop bought healthy snacks are often overpriced and a lot of the time you find yourself eating a chewy, tasteless bar of mush that you don’t really enjoy!

Well here are some simple, easy and ‘clean’ snacks that will have you converted to homemade, with not a ‘raw’ protein bar or kale chip insight!

Chickpea ‘nuts’

When dry roasted at high temperatures chickpeas go really yummy and crispy! Try this recipe out at home and portion out into zip-lock bags for an instant grab bag snack!

What you will need:

  • 1 can of chickpeas rinsed and drained
  • 1 tsp. olive oil
  • ¼ tsp. ground allspice
  • 2 tsp. ground cumin
  • ¼ tsp. salt

Method:

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 200
  2. Blot your drained chickpeas dry with kitchen paper
  3. Toss the chickpeas in the olive oil and spices
  4. Spread them evenly on a baking sheet and bake for 30 minutes, string once or twice throughout.

It’s that simple!

Sweet potato crisps

Need a crunch fix? These are SO easy to make and you can add different spices and dry rubs to flavour them up!

What you will need:

  • 2 sweet potatoes
  • Olive oil
  • 2 tsp. Smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp. salt

Method:

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 180
  2. Slice your sweet p VERY thin. This is best done using a mandolin.
  3. Toss the slices in a little olive oil and the paprika and salt.
  4. Place the slices one by one on a baking sheet with no overlapping!
  5. Bake for about 10-15 minutes until the edge curl and they are crispy and browned!

Portion them into individual sandwich bags so you can just grab and go!

Curried cashews

Cashews are, in my onion, the king of all nuts! They are high in healthy fats and protein so only a small potion is needed to keep you fuller for longer.

What you will need:

  • 200g raw cashews
  • 20g melted coconut oil or olive oil
  • 1stp curry powder
  • ½ tsp. ground cumin
  • ½ tsp. ground turmeric
  • 1 ½ tsp. sugar
  • ½ tsp. ground ginger
  • ½ tsp. salt

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 180
  2. Toast the cashews on a lined baking sheet for 5 minutes
  3. Take the cashews out and toss them in the oil and spices before putting back in the oven for 10 more minutes

Enjoy!

Tip: You can tweak all these recipes with more or less of even different spices!

Words by Ellie from Ellie’s Kitchen

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