Nutritious Snack Ideas

Struggling to compliment your main meals with healthy nutritious snacks? Hopefully this blog post will provide you with inspiration to get creative and add some whole hearty ingredients into your daily nutrition. When snacking and grazing in-between meals it still remains important to consume quality food sources.

Why?

For me, it’s really about feeling optimal! Why would you not want to feel focused, driven, and energised on a day-to-day basis? I think it’s very easy for people to fall into the trap of consuming foods that have a calorie value but no nutritional value. We get bombarded with advertisements of fast foods, diet foods, fad weight loss companies and people promoting health via food that is simply not food. What we consume from meal to meal will dictate how we operate on both a mental and physical level, from optimal brain functioning to aiding in performance and recovery.

Something I pride myself on in life is the expression fail to prepare, prepare to fail. In my opinion being organised and knowing where your food sources will come from as the day unfolds is critical to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. We’ve all heard the excuses;

I’ve not had time to prepare anything

I’ve been busy

The shops were shut

This is down to a lack of commitment and willingness to change. Think about creating a plan that will take you from A to B. While it’s important to remember that A to B won’t happen overnight, it’s about thinking of the bigger picture and remaining dedicated in achieving your goals. 

Whether you’re on the run and need something quick and easy for time constraints, or simply just want to improve on consistent protein feedings throughout the day, these snack options will certainly cater for your every need. I have provided 6 different snack options with 5 very simple steps to follow. Happy Snacking!

 

Homemade Protein Bars

  • 150g Raw Oats
  • 5 Tablespoons of Organic Peanut Butter (smooth)
  • 250ml Coconut Milk
  • 5 Scoops of Protein Powder
  • 1 Large Plastic Bowl
  • Grease Proof Paper & baking tray/glass dish

 

Step 1: Pour Oats into the plastic bowl, protein powder next, followed by the 5 tablespoons of peanut butter and 250ml coconut milk

Step 2: Mix together with your hands until you have a big dough ball

Step 3: Flatten the mixture onto grease proof paper in the baking tray/glass dish

Step 4: Place in the fridge to set for 3 hours or leave in over night

Step 5: Cut into bars. Enjoy!

 

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Sweet Potato Fries

  • Large Sweet Potato
  • Pink Himalayan Rock salt (ground)
  • Black Pepper (ground)
  • Paprika or Cayenne Pepper
  • Olive Oil
  • Sharp Knife
  • Cutting Board
  • Baking sheet

 

Step 1: Cut the sweet potato in half

Step 2: Take half of the sweet potato and cut it into large slices about 3/4 inch thick

Step 3: Then cut the larger slices into fries. Your fries should be 1/2 inch to 3/4 inch thick.

Step 4: Place on try, sprinkle ground black pepper, Pink Himalayan, paprika or cayenne pepper, finishing with a drizzle of olive oil

Step 5: Oven cook for 15 minutes, take them out and flip them, oven cook for a further 10 minutes. Enjoy!

 

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Protein Yogurt

  • Natural/Greek Yogurt
  • Protein Powder
  • Strawberries
  • Blueberries
  • Cinnamon
  • Normal sized bowl and spoon

 

Step 1: Natural yogurt into bowl (150g)

Step 2: Add 1 scoop of protein powder (25-30g)

Step 3: Mix together until blended in

Step 4: Sprinkle cinnamon

Step 5: Add 100g of fresh berries, Enjoy!

 

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Celery Sticks

  • Celery Sticks
  • Cottage Cheese
  • Olives
  • Plate

Step 1: Lay celery sticks out on a plate

Step 2: Spread cottage cheese down the middle of the half pipe

Step 3: Place olives accordingly on top of the cottage cheese

Step 4: Enjoy! 

 

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Proats Mix

  • Raw Oats
  • Protein Powder
  • Raw Cacao Powder
  • Ground Flaxseed, almonds, Brazil nuts, Walnuts, Co-Enzyme Q10 (Linwoods)
  • Almond Milk
  • Large Plastic Bowl

 

Step 1: Pour oats into a large bowl, serving size will vary dependent on the individual, if you want just a standard portion shoot for 30-50g

Step 2: Add protein powder

Step 3: Next throw in the raw cacao powder and Linwoods flaxseed

Step 4: Finally pour 300-400ml Almond milk and mix together until blended

Step 5: Enjoy!

 

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Protein Pancakes

  • Raw Oats
  • Egg (1)
  • Milk
  • Banana (1)
  • Protein Powder
  • Blender
  • Frying pan and Spatula

 

Step 1: Add 30g raw oats with protein powder (25g) to blender

Step 2: Add 1 banana and Crack 1 egg into the mix

Step 3: Pour 50ml milk into the blender then blend

Step 4: Pour carefully creating round circles as large as you want

Step 5: Flip and stack on a plate, Enjoy!

 

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