Ah snacking- the word itself conjures up images of grabbing at bowls of chips, chocolate, and generally anything that is on hand that can be consumed quickly. The problem is that it is usually unhealthy foods that we tend to reach for when our appetite is ravenous and we cannot afford to wait an hour while a meal cooks. Healthy eating requires planning in advance, and most people are incredibly time poor.
A lot of us tend to reach for coffee and maybe a bagel in the morning to get going. But if you think about it, are you doing this out of routine or are you actually hungry? That question in itself is the key to identifying unnecessary snacking, and realizing that when you are, that you shouldn’t be filling yourself with unnecessary sugars.
The key message here? Mindful eating.
And that’s exactly where we come in. We’ve pulled together a couple of ideas of what we think are the perfect savory snacks to help you get through the busy days, without the guilt that comes with sweeter treats.
Chickpeas with Chorizo & Spinach
This dish is flavor-packed, versatile, and gluten-free. You can change out the chorizo to vegan chorizo if you prefer. Add slices of avocado on top or a poached egg for a more filling meal. Ideal for a kicked up breakfast, lunch or side dish, top it off with a squeeze of lime, and (if you have the time!) add something delicious and grilled alongside it.
Crispy Kale Chips by Meg van der Kruik from This Mess Is Ours
Easy, quick, and you hardly have to do a thing! A healthier alternative to packaged potato chips, The brains behind This Mess Is Ours believe you don’t have to limit yourself to simple kale salads.
The simple carrot is finally given a chance to shine! Flavored by Massel Vegetable Ultracubes or All Purpose Bouillon & Seasoning (take your pick!), poach carrots in Massel broth, toss in either butter and/or olive oil with dill, and let your tastebuds run wild.
This is one dish that is just perfect to satisfy hunger pangs. If you want to go for a vegetarian option, leave the prosciutto wrap out out and eat alongside a salad or something grilled.
However, don’t forget that the point of these recipes is to have something easy and healthy to grab for instead of a sugary alternative! Just because they are snacks does not mean you shouldn’t go ahead and add these alongside any main dishes you create. The great thing about these ideas is that you can mix and match everything up, and eat these meals how you see fit.
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