We’ve all been in a similar situation, sitting in class, head in hands, daydreaming about what we’re going to be eating for lunch (praying that it’s the pasta and not the lumpy, week-old looking cottage pie that your canteen so frequently serves up) and suddenly your stomach roars as if it’s holding prisoner to a Tyrannosaurus Rex, just as everyone falls silent.
Enter — the healthy snacks. Full of flavour and natural fats, these snacks will keep you full up when you need it most and save you from the embarrassment of a rumbling stomach in class.
Personally, I spend an awful lot of time in the kitchen and that’s for one reason only — the food. I love to cook it but, even more so, I love to eat it. Unfortunately some people say that eating all day long isn’t exactly healthy so I try to stick to three main meals a day. However, snacking allows me to frequent the kitchen more than three times a day. In fact, you could say that by now I’m a regular, the cupboards even know my name and every time I walk by they shout out “Issy! Issy, over here! Check me out, I’ve got a fresh batch of bagels in here with your name on it.” Not wanting to be rude I always yield and have a peep inside but sometimes my snacks can turn into mini meals and then I’m no longer hungry come dinner time. So, to overcome this I came up with some ‘good-for-you’ snacks that are especially great during that hunger-filled stretch between lunch and dinner. But whatever time you decide to eat them, these snacks will be sure to keep your hunger at bay.
For me, peanut butter is one of the greatest foods out there. There was once a (sad, sad) time when I spurned even the very thought of peanut butter but now I rejoice in the rich flavour and contrasting textures. So smooth and creamy, yet with hidden jewels of crunchy goodness hiding throughout. Peanut butter is simply delicious. If you’re still lurking on the dark side and have yet to discover the delights of peanut butter then skip over to the next recipes that will be sure to take your fancy.
If you can resist eating these before you put them in the freezer, it’s well worth the wait!
If any of you have a go at making some of these snacks, Tweet me your pictures @issybudd. I’d love to see them!
First published February 2015