Seasonal Snack Ideas by Hip & Healthy
Our friends at Hip & Healthy have penned the below blog post for us, featuring their top tips for healthy snacking as the weather gets colder. Click on the links below to view each item in our online shop!
As the seasons begin to change and winter sets in, you may find you start to crave comforting food and reach for the first sugary snack that crosses your path… However, we believe that you can turn these cravings into a good thing as the weather turns, especially since many crops traditionally harvested at this time of year are actually incredibly good for our health. Hip & Healthy pick some of the best seasonal snacks you can choose this autumn that will keep your blood sugar levels stable, energy in check and keep that hand firmly out of the cookie jar…
Eat kale to stay energetic this autumn – kale is high in iron, and per calorie actually contains more than beef. Iron is essential for transporting oxygen around the body, and lack of it will lead to lethargy.
Granola certainly doesn’t have to be kept just for breakfast – grab a handful of this whenever you need an energy boost; the oats and quinoa provide you with slow-release complex carbohydrates whilst the cranberries, mulberries and blueberries all count towards your 5-a-day. There’s even the added bonus of some superfood goodness packed in with goji berries and acai powder.
The daylight hours may be shorter, but you can keep your skin glowing with the high levels of Vitamin E present in almonds. Of all the tree nuts, almonds also rank the highest in protein, fibre and calcium, making them the perfect snack.
The delicious smoked flavour of this houmous gives it a real autumnal feel, reminiscent of sitting by a cosy open fire – plus chickpeas are crammed with both fibre and plant protein. Pair with raw veggies or oatcakes for a quick, tasty and nutritional snack.
If the gloomy British weather has you feeling down, take a bite of one of these bars and dream about being on a tropical coconut-y island. The incredible dark chocolate coconut flavour is certainly as tasty as your not-so-healthy Bounty bar, however these bars are positively brilliant for your health as they’re packed with fibre from the oats and dates – perfect to keep your digestive system ticking over all winter long.
For a satisfying low-sugar snack opt for these yummy savoury seeds flavoured with tamari. Bursting with healthy omega-3 fats that have been shown to improve brain function, these seeds will be your saviour come the 4pm energy slump at work!
Everybody loves snuggling up with thick knitted socks and a mug of steaming hot cocoa, but your body will be far more grateful if you skip the sugar and opt to make a healthy cacao drink instead – simply heat almond milk, cacao and raw honey for a guilt-free sweet treat and super nourishing snack.