By Guest Blogger: Rita Amaral
If you are like me, and you need a mid-morning and mid-afternoon snack, this post is for you! When we want to maintain a healthy diet or even to loose weight, sometimes it is hard to choose well which snacks to eat, specially if we are at work or on the street running from yoga class to yoga class. When that time for a snack comes and if we are not prepared, we easily go to the vending machine or grab the first thing at a coffee shop. So the secret lies in being prepared at all times! You can prepare snacks at home and take them with you so you are always prepared if you get hungry. I always carry something in my handbag!
Here is a list of healthy snacks you can easily make at home:
- raw vegetable slices (carrot, celery, cucumber) with a vegetal spread (olive, hummus, eggplant or black bean)
- raw nuts without added salt (hazelnuts, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, cashews, almonds)
- fresh or dried fruit (without added sugar)
- energy balls (recipe below)
Energy balls are very easy to make and are an excellent snack as you can add your favorite superfoods. In this recipe, I used hemp seeds, which are rich in protein and healthy fats like omega 3 and 6, but you can also add chia seeds, rich in antioxidants, calcium and iron.
- 200g pitted dates (Medjol dates are the best ones but any dates will do)
- 4 tbsp shredded coconut
- 2 tbsp raw cacao powder
- 2 tbsp hemp seeds
- 2 handfuls of nuts (my favorite are hazelnuts, almonds and Brazilian nuts!)
Mix everything in a food processor and roll the dough with your hands to form balls! You can keep them in the refrigerator for several days! I hope you like them!
About the writer:
Rita is a Mother, a Scientist and a Yoga teacher, founder of Casa Shakti Yoga Shala in Portugal. With a PhD in Biology, and after years of doing research on whales and dolphins, she found Yoga and Meditation and her life changed forever. She has been practicing and studying Yoga and Mindfulness for several years. Through her daily yoga practice and meditation and by maintaining healthy eating habits she found her well-being and overcame an eating disorder that haunted her for years. She is set out on a mission to reawaken herself and to help others achieve the same. Follow her on Instagram and get more info on her website.