If your health-related New Year’s resolutions usually transition into just a to-do list for the first week of January, there’s hope in the form of snacking – healthy snacks that are actually delicious. And while that does sound like a bit of an oxymoron, there’s more to healthy snacks than just apple slices with nut butter. Meet Savoir Flair’s favorite simple and healthy snacks that will satisfy your cravings – whether sweet or savory – and clock in at under 200 calories each.
Simply blend 2 tablespoons of raw cacao powder with one large banana and a handful of ice – and you’re done! Not only is this super filling, but bananas are also bursting with potassium and magnesium to keep your ticker in check. Meanwhile, cacao – the unprocessed form of cocoa – has 40 times the amount of antioxidants as blueberries!
Three squares of 85 percent Lindt (or other high-quality) dark chocolate will not only satiate those sugar cravings, but they’ll also give you some serious health benefits, too. Dark chocolate is rich in iron, copper, magnesium, and potassium, and recent studies have shown it can increase concentration and boost heart health. Always opt for a content for 60 percent cocoa or higher.
Edamame beans have become a takeout staple, and with good reason too. Low in sugar and carbohydrates, they’re rich in amino acids, plant protein, and an array of vitamins to keep everything from our bones to our lungs in checks. Try ¾ cup edamame beans that are shelled and sprinkled with lemon juice and chili flakes.
Avocados have finally got their own emoji, and rightly so, seeing as this super fruit is one of the best healthy snacks around. Loaded with monounsaturated fatty acids, which are vital for heart health, they’re incredibly filling and satisfying thanks to their creamy texture. Try ½ ripe avocado with lemon juice and black pepper. Eat straight from the fruit or get mashing!
Baked Banana Chips
This is the perfect snack if you want something that tastes naughty, but isn’t. Slice up two bananas and dip them in lemon juice. Lay the slices flat on a lined baking tray, and bake for three to four hours at 200°F/93°C until they’re nice and crispy.
Dates are Mother Nature’s answer to a healthy sweet treat without the need for nasty additives or artificial sweeteners. These little dried fruits contain vitamins, minerals, and nutrients to help boost energy levels and improve digestive health. They’re also a match made in heaven when teamed with rich, creamy cashews. Remove the stones from five dates and replace with two cashew nuts each for the perfect snack combination.
Three cups of frozen grapes are the next best thing to munching on candies – honest! Grapes contain flavonoids, minerals, and powerful antioxidants called polyphenols that have been proven to help the body combat cancer and fight off disease. Plus, they’re delicious and will help you steer away from the Haribo…
Popcorn is actually incredibly healthy and low in calories, if it’s not made with bad oils and butter like that at the movies. It’s really high in fiber, which helps with digestion, and therefore a little goes a long way in terms of filling you up. Prepare four cups of popcorn and then sprinkle over one tablespoon of coconut-palm sugar and one tablespoon of salt whilst it’s still hot, mixing well.
Carly Neave is the blogger behind LeanLivingGirl, a health and fitness website based in Dubai.