8th July 2014 by Jess
These recipes are low in calories, but high in lip-smacking satisfaction – you can take our word for it.
If, like us, you easily succumb to the temptation of picking, you’d may as well pick at something full of protein, healthy fats and skin-clearing vitamin E.
Simple, quick, delicious.get the recipe
You read that correctly.
Instead of the high-calorie, high-carb treat that usually fuels your box-set evenings, create your own, nutritious version in a blender.
Mix a large handful of raw coconut, 2 tbsp honey, 1 tsp vanilla extract and then blend until smooth; freeze for a naughty but nice treat.
Don’t adjust your screen; this is actually as good as it looks.
Blend two frozen bananas with a handful of mint. Add a dash of vanilla extract and vigorously mix with cacao nibs.
These small-but-mighty nibs are one of the best dietary sources of magnesium, the mineral that powers hundreds of biochemical processes in your body.
Think of that while you devour them tonight!
Great for both entertaining guests and those pyjama parties for one.
Fire up your stove and heat 8 tbsp coconut butter (available at most local health food shops, but feel free to substitute with 6 tbsp pumpkin puree), 4 tbsp honey, 8 tbsp cacao powder.
Mix over a low heat and add chopped nuts and dried fruit.
Freeze in a shallow dish for a couple of hours, then all that’s left is to do is smash the tray up – and get chocolate all over your face, of course.
Something refreshing to accompany your sweet treats: chop up cucumber and mint, add to a jug with water, let it sit overnight. Simple!
For lemonade add sparkling water, fresh lemon juice and stevia or honey. Both of these make staying hydrated and healthy much less of a chore.
If you’re looking for an excuse to indulge in ice-lollies this summer, here’s one that the, erm, kids will love (just play along…).
The colour is more than just an eye-catcher: the nutrients that create the green tint have an anti-oxidising effect on your body, keeping your immune system in check.
Simply blend your favourite fruits and green veg, and freeze in lolly moulds (aim for two part fruit, one part veg).
Looks too good to be true, tastes too good to be healthy!
Chop bananas into thirds and place them onto skewers before dipping into melted dark chocolate; roll in crushed walnuts and freeze.
Aside from being a fun snack that kills cravings, these also offer some serious health benefits: eating walnuts regularly has been linked to a longer lifespan, as has – wait for it – eating dark chocolate.
If simplicity is the ultimate sophistication, this is the most-sophisticated snack around.
Grab a bunch of grapes (we recommend red, if you’re into the disease-fighting effects of the resveratol in their skin). Mix them into low fat yoghurt and arrange neatly on a freezable dish. Throw them in the freezer and remove after a few hours.
Et voila, a surprisingly delicious snack for those hot evenings - and equally good for 'British’ weather. Speaking of which…
Brew yourself a comforting hot drink to knock you out during the colder evenings.
Make up a decaf espresso, then blend 1 tbsp coconut oil, 200ml coconut milk, 1 tsp cinnamon and ¼ tsp chilli powder, then add the coffee to the mixture.
This creates a frothy drink just like a latte, which warms you from the inside out with its rich, spicy flavour.
It’s also brimming with healthy fats, which help you to better absorb vitamins, in case you needed another reason.
Now we’re going to get utterly indulgent.
Blend equal parts nuts or seeds (almonds or walnuts work best) with dates, and press firmly into a baking dish. Bake for 20-30 minutes until the crust begins to brown.
Now for the fun part: fill it with whatever tickles your fancy – berries, dried fruits, the choice is yours!
Drizzle with honey for a sweet solution to all of your cravings!
By Jess, graze nutritionist.
Our nutritionist extraordinaire, Jess trained at the Institute for Optimum Nutrition and is a registered practitioner with the British Association for Applied Nutrition & Nutritional Therapy. She's the creator of our health badges, to help you choose the snacks and boxes that are right for you. Check out everything from Jess on our blog, with recipes and tricks to help you keep making better choices, or go to Jess's blog at jessipes.co.uk for even more.
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