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Healthy snacks for when you’re feeling peckish

You can’t concentrate or your tummy is rumbling. Many people grab the simplest solution – a chocolate bar.

Fruit is always good

But there some are healthy treats that can give your body lots of energy but fewer calories. Fresh fruit is ideal for snacking - on its own, in fruit salads or even in low fat yoghurt, buttermilk or a smoothie. Bananas are proven to be good for the nerves: they supply 95 kilocalories per 100 g, but also important minerals such as potassium and iron and leave you feeling full for a long time thanks to their high fibre content.

Energy balls for that extra portion of power

Home-made energy balls will sweeten your afternoon and give you power until the evening. There are lots of different variations – for instance with dates, honey, flax seeds, rolled oats, pistachios and cranberries. All of the ingredients are chopped in a blender. Then the stiff mixture can be formed into small balls. If you prepare a large quantity and store them in an airtight container, you will have a supply for the whole family. Muesli bars and savoury crackers can be prepared extremely easily and don’t need any extra sugar. Dried fruit also gives you an energy boost. However, it is really high in calories and should therefore only be enjoyed in small amounts. The same applies to nuts, which contain important unsaturated fatty acids. Even a small quantity will beat the afternoon slump. A small piece of chocolate will also do the trick if it is enjoyed sensibly. Don’t forget to drink enough. It is only possible to focus on your work if you drink enough fluids.

Sticks, Dips & Chips

Vegetable sticks with various dips like hummus, guacamole or cream cheese with herbs taste great for an evening TV snack. Carrots, cucumber, peppers, kohlrabi and radishes are the perfect choices. Instead of high calorie crisps you can nibble on homemade apple crisps. They are easy to prepare but do take a little time. Peel some apples, remove the core and slice thinly. Lay out on a baking tray, sprinkle with cinnamon and place in an oven at 120°C for 90 minutes. Turn the crisps over half way through cooking so they can brown evenly. Savoury courgette crisps are lightly coated with oil and seasoned with salt, pepper and Mediterranean herbs.

 

Source: Heike Kreutz, www.bzfe.de