Finally some healthy snacks! I have been in a bit of a funk over the last couple of weeks and it has completely wiped away my mojo to eat healthy. I get in these tricky cycles of feeling rubbish, eating rubbish then feeling even more rubbish. It can be really hard to break out of but eventually I find myself so sick of feeling miserable that the effort it takes to get out of it is a lot less painful than the feeling of being stuck in it.
Planning, preparation and organisation really are so important to becoming successful in most things in life and I seem to be learning this lesson over and over again recently. Life is busy, but my head is busier and because of that I am finding myself caught out when it comes to accomplishing the things I want to achieve each day. Eating healthy is SO MUCH EASIER when you have planned, prepared and organised yourself and your meals.
I am going to be really working hard on planning, preparing and getting myself organised this month in hopes that I can manage my time better, feel happier, healthier and more accomplished. The thought of meal prep can be a bit overwhelming, but if you are organised then it doesn’t have to take up much time at all. I spent just under an hour preparing these snacks this week and it has made a huge difference already.
I started out by writing a list of snacks that I wanted to prepare. I had most of the ingredients I needed already and popped to the shop to grab what I didn’t have. My plan was to make;
- Clean Eating Spiced Apple Bread (with my old red apples and other kitchen cupboard ingredients)
- Clean Eating Golden Banana Bread (with my old ripe bananas and other kitchen cupboard ingredients)
- Cut up fruit
- Boiled eggs
- Cut up veggie sticks
- Nut free pesto/houmous dip
Starting with a clean and organised kitchen really helps. I preheated the oven whilst I got all of my ingredients ready and made sure I had all of the kitchen appliances and utensils that I needed out and ready to go. I made the breads first and put them in the oven, then I prepped everything else whilst the breads were cooking.
It took me just under an hour to get everything done and thats 3 days worth of snacks for the whole family sorted! The boys have been eating the banana bread for breakfast too, and I had some of the spiced apple bread and fruit with my lunch because it was there (just in the same way I would eat half a pack of Liquorice Allsorts… just because they were there!).
Wholewheat breads like these don’t last quite as long as white flour/sugar breads but I keep mine in an airtight container once cooked and cooled and we enjoy it for about 3 days or so. They might stay a bit fresher unsliced but I always slice and store mine, which makes it even easier to grab and go!
Fresh fruit is so handy to have cut up in the fridge, especially when you are craving something sweet. After dinner I always seem to want something sweet but I wouldn’t often think to pick up an apple and eat it. However, I LOVE a green apple, melon and strawberry combo so putting them together feels like more of a treat and something that satisfies my cravings a little better. (Pineapple and watermelon are another winning combo!). Top Tip: If you squeeze a little bit of lemon juice over your sliced apples, it stops them from going brown.
Boiled eggs are great to have in the fridge ready to add to salads or to snack on in-between meals. They are a great inexpensive source of protein and keep you feeling full. My boys absolutely love eating boiled eggs, especially if they get to peel them open too! I love them sliced on top of rice cakes topped with houmous or pesto…. or both. Yum!
There aren’t many veggies that I don’t like, but when I cut up vegetables to put in the fridge I only pick the ones I love to eat raw. Raw broccoli, cauliflower, peppers or mangetout just wouldn’t get eaten in this house but carrots, celery, radishes and tomatoes do! It doesn’t matter what the veggies are, it just matters that they will get eaten. I made a little nut free pesto/houmous dip for the veggies with chickpeas, basil, lemon and olive oil (it wasn’t blog worthy) but you could also use regular houmous or make your own pesto, my Kale, Basil and Walnut Pesto is my favourite. (I like to double or even quadruple the recipe when I make it, and freeze it in ice cube trays).
Once I was done and had tidied the kitchen back up it felt really good to see all of these containers with healthy wholesome snacks in them ready for when we needed them. 1 hours work for 3 days feeling healthier and happier during the day is well worth it. Did it stop me craving Liquorice Allsorts and Kettle Chips? No. BUT what it did do was give me a healthier snack available which is half of the battle sometimes. I will restock this throughout the week and replace what has been eaten, or maybe change it up a little bit. Other snacks that are easy to prepare in advance are
- Homemade Naked Bars
- Energy Balls
- Roasted Chickpeas
- Healthier Cookies
- Smoothie Packs