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Delicious Guilt-Free Snacks
September 1, 2021
Delicious guilt-free snacks

As the days start to get shorter and the nights get darker, many of us are prone to snuggle on the sofa munching on our favourite snacks to enjoy on a cold, wet autumn evening binging our favourite TV show or watching a cosy film.

We all enjoy a tasty snack, and treats can easily be enjoyed as part of a healthy diet. However, snacking on food with high sugar or high saturated fat content can quickly sneak up on us, leading to weight gain and cravings for more high-calorie foods.

Luckily, there are plenty of nutritious, low-calorie snack options that will help you to keep your energy levels topped up and your hunger pangs at bay. 

From crispy aubergine chips to homemade popcorn, these healthy snacks will satisfy every craving and keep us coming back for more.

  • Homemade nachos

You may think that nachos are a calorie overload, but with a few easy tweaks we can make these healthy and tasty. It is easy to sneak a little nutrition into this snack but add some delicious toppings like peppers, jackfruit, black beans or chicken.

If you fancy a light, fresh-tasting snack then we always suggest the classic nachos with salsa, guacamole and cheese. We love the taste of avocados, tomato and lime.

Not only do avocados contain more potassium than bananas, but they are also great for giving you an energy boost because they provide plenty of B vitamins, which are responsible for helping us to convert our food into energy.

You can get creative with nachos which is another reason why they are a great snack. You can also add a flavourful twist by using sweet potato chips or any other baked vegetable crisps rather than the standard tortilla.

  • Homemade popcorn

Popcorn without lashings of sugar or butter is a very healthy snack. It’s considered to be one of the world’s best sources of fibre and contains high amounts of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.

By popping our own popcorn kernels at home, we can be in charge of our popcorn flavours, and choosing healthier options, doesn’t mean that you have to compromise on taste. 

If you haven’t tried spicy popcorn yet, we recommend it as one to try! Add some paprika and chilli powder to your popcorn for a taste-bud-pleasing experience.

If you fancy something sweet then why not try this cinnamon and honey popcorn recipe from Naturally Ella.

  • Healthy flapjack

Sadly some of the flapjacks in our supermarkets won’t make this see list as they often have added sugars and additives. No worries though, you can make your own tasty version from home, add some of your own touches and be confident in your snack’s nutritional value.

This healthy flapjack recipe from Savvy Bites is made with whole oats, honey or maple syrup and baked until golden brown and chewy. These healthy flapjacks are soft and chewy and full of dried fruit and protein-packed nuts. 

Flapjacks are delicious and simple, you can also add ingredients like nuts, seeds, dried fruit or chocolate chips.

Another great thing about flapjacks is that they are the snack to pop in your bag if you are feeling peckish and want a quick energy boost. 

  • Crispy Aubergine Chips

Looking for a simple and easy way to incorporate more vegetables into your diet? Then next time you fancy a snack, why not try and make crispy aubergine chips.

Take care to make sure they’re all the same thinness so they bake at the same rate and keep a close eye on them as they cook! Depending on how thin you slice the aubergine, it could take anywhere between 10 and 20 minutes. 

You really can season these to whatever flavours you love, we like to add Parmesan, mixed herb, and garlic powder. 

This recipe is super easy and flexible, you can switch it up with a number of vegetables, so it all depends on what you have in the house. If you fancy an extra kick of flavour you can sprinkle them with spice. 

  • Apple slices with peanut butter

This is one of the easiest snacks and one of the tastiest. If you are feeling peckish, you don’t need to get cooking, just grab an apple and some peanut butter (you decide if you fancy smooth or crunchy.)

This isn’t a complicated recipe, it is as simple as cutting an apple up and spreading it with peanut butter. To be even more healthy, pick a peanut butter that has no added sugar or oil and you will reap the health benefits.

Peanut butter is a protein-packed spread that’s very popular as it provides a good amount of protein, along with essential vitamins and minerals, such as magnesium, potassium, and zinc. However, as peanut butter is high in fat, it should always be enjoyed in moderation – which experts say is no more than 2 tbsp a day.

It isn’t just the PB that adds all of the benefits, apples are exceptionally healthy with many research-backed benefits. Apples are low in sodium, fat, and cholesterol and are a good source of vitamin C and fibre. This snack is super simple, but it packs a healthy punch!

  • Spiced roasted chickpeas

If you’re looking for something to pick while you watch a movie or read your book, why not try these spicy roasted chickpeas from BBC Good food?

We love this recipe because they are salty, slightly crunchy on the outside, and have a soft middle – which means they tick all the boxes for both taste and texture! If spicy isn’t your thing then like many of our other snacks you can get as creative with them as you like for example lime and black pepper, or even something sweet with cinnamon and sugar.

Chickpeas have a huge range of health benefits, they are high in fibre and protein, which makes them filling and keeps you full longer.

  • Courgette Fritters

Courgette fritters are perfect for all the family and a simple way to incorporate more vegetables into your diet. These fritters are a quick healthy snack that you can make in a hurry.

Grate your courgette and add to a pancake batter then fry up these mini veggie patties, pick your dip, we love sweet chilli dip with ours,

We hope that you’ve found something delicious in this list that you loved or wanted to try. We would love to know which ones you decide to try yourself – or whether you have any additional healthy recipes that you think we should know. Drop us an email at hello@guardiancard.co.uk

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Esther George