I am a bit of a snack girl. I love my breakfast, lunch and dinner but I also like to have a snack in between meals - breastfeeding sure makes me hungry! It is important to me that my snacks are healthy, filling and tasty as I don’t want to waste my meals on junk. I do like to have a treat here and there if I am out at a cafe but I will usually choose something based on its ingredients.
For example, I am a sucker for these delightful tarts at my local cafe Olaf’s. They have a very thin butter pastry, a smidgen of dark chocolate, silky smooth real egg custard piled high with raspberries or blueberries and a thin glaze. This may sound quite decadent but I'm still getting nutrients from the berries with all their antioxidant goodness plus protein and healthy fats in the egg and cream. I could break it down further but you get the idea. Yes there is some sugar in there and yes there is wheat, but as I have spoken with the owner I trust their ingredients overall. I know they use real butter, real cream, free range eggs and fresh fruit. This is a treat worth pushing all other treats aside for.
So what are our normal snacks during the week? Well, these vary of course, often due to the season but here is a list of many of the things we snack on, Bowie included. When we are at home I like to put together a platter of several things that we can pick at over half an hour or so. And if we go out I throw a few things into containers to take with us so I am less tempted to grab something in a hurry.
Salami, bier sticks, cold chicken drums
Sun dried tomatoes, gherkins, pickled onions
Cherry tomatoes, cucumber/capsicum slices
Cold roasted broccoli florets
Kale crisps, beetroot crisps
Cold green beans with peanut butter
Mini frittatas, quinoa mini muffins
With oat/rice crackers or sourdough:
Salmon and cream cheese dip
Brewers yeast spread
Cold pressed extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar
Hummus (Preferably not for children under 18 months)
Avocado and lemon juice
Avocado with brewers yeast spread
Nut butter and banana
Pesto (basil, coriander, mixed herbs, spinach, kale)
Pâté and micro-greens
Berries (fresh or frozen)
Banana chips, coconut chips
Raisins, prunes, dried apricots, pears, peaches
Baked apple wedges with cinnamon
Banana dipped in peanut butter and coconut
Chocolate or caramel custard pot
Buckwheat crepes with lemon curd
Chocolate and peanut butter smoothie
Coconut pikelets with jam and cream
Today I made a batch of my amazing raspberry oaty bars and baked apple wedges, both great snacks and quick and easy to make.
1 Tbsp. chia seeds
2 Tbsp. filtered water
1/2 cup frozen raspberries
1 Tbsp. coconut oil
2 Tbsp. honey
3 Tbsp. ground almond
1/2 cup desiccated coconut
1/2 cup rolled oats
Soak chia seeds in water for 5 minutes then blend in a food processor with raspberries, coconut oil and honey. Once it is smooth mix through ground almond, coconut and rolled oats before spreading onto a tray in a thin layer, about 1/2 cm thick. Bake at 120˚C for 1 hour. Cut into rough bars and store in an air tight container.
1 tsp. cinnamon
Slice apples into wedges and toss with cinnamon in a bowl. Lay out in a single layer on a tray lined with baking paper. Bake at 120˚C for 25 minutes. Cool on a wire rack. Store in an air tight container for 2 days.
I hope you are inspired by some of these snack ideas and I would love to hear what your favourite snacks are!