Friday, 9 March 2012

Health wknd Treats

Snacking is the biggest challenge you face while staying on a healthy diet. Just have a think at some of the foods we associate with snacks: crisps, chocolate, creamy dips, biscuits to name just a few. So with all that temptation around its easy to see how more people fail to stay on track but we are here to help. The trick to snacking is preparation and planning. If you can organise yourself to buy in healthy options or even better make them and have them tucked away in the fridge ready for when you most need a fix then your going to stay on track. Second thing we need to do is make sure our "healthier" snacks actually taste nice!

Try these and let me know what you think.

Savoury Dips

Guacamole- blend lemon juice, half a tomato and half avocado until smooth. Dice the other half of a large tomato into big chunks and mash the remaining avocado with a little olive oil. Combine both mixtures and season, add garlic, cumin and chilli to taste.

Salsa- finely chop 1 onion, 3 tomatoes, 1 green pepper, 1 red pepper, coriander and parsley. Add the juice of one whole lemon, cayenne pepper, season and blend. Add 2 more tomatoes (chopped) to the mix with fresh chillies if you like it hot!

Protein Pesto- 5 cloves garlic (yes you will stink but garlic is good for digestion), basil, parsley, handful of crushed mixed nuts(almonds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, pine nuts), olive oil, pepper and 2 spoons of sundries tomatoes. Blend the mixture up and your done.

Serve with celery, carrot sticks or buckwheat tortilla.

Sweet tooth

Always go for high coco value, dark chocolate. Dairy in general is acid forming and therefore bad for your digestion and absorption of nutrients leading to possible fat storage or reduction in fat loss. However as long as you only have dairy on occasion it can be a protein packed snack which will stop that sweet tooth leading you to the eater eggs! Well until Easter wknd!
Try Greek yoghurt as its higher in protein or keep to low fat natural yoghurt as your snack base. Add a swirl of melted dark chocolate like green and blacks organic bars (only use 4-5 squares max), with crushed nuts like almonds, pine or pumpkin seeds.
You honey as an alternative and swirl a small spoon of the sweet stuff into your yoghurt. Remember this is a snack or evening desert and not a meal so don't go crazy, a little can go along way.

Always-ALWAYS have a pint of water with your evening snacks as this will hydrate you and keep you fuller for longer.

Keep exercising Easter is on its way and we want you looking and feeling amazing for the bank holiday wknds!

As always contact me with any questions.

Good luck this week

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