Keeping on track with nutrition can be a challenge at this time of year. Below are some wonderful recipes for snacks that will fulfill sweet cravings but are actually good for you! Remember, you should be eating small amounts every 3 hours to boost you metabolism and ensure your body doesn’t go into “starvation/storage mode”. These are all packed with nutrition and great for our time poor lives. Give them a try!
SWEET NUTRITIOUS TREATS
1/2 cup hulled tahini
1/2 cup honey ( I use a 1/4 cup as they end up being too sweet)
1/2 cup dessicated coconut
1/2 cup LSA (ground linseed, sunflower seeds and almonds-purchase from health food section of supermarket)
1 cup of dried fruits (figs, apricots, sultanas- whatever tickles your fancy)
1/4 cup of raw almonds ( best if soaked and chopped)
Mix all ingredients in a bowl to a firm consistency. Roll into walnut sized balls and toss lightly in coconut. Sore in fridge.
Carob and Banana Balls
1/2 cup raw almonds (soaked overnight)
2 tbsp carob powder
1/2 cup currents
1 tsp balsamic vinegar
1 cup dessicated coconut for rolling
Chop drained almonds in food processor. Add bananas, currents, carob powder and vinegar. Place mixture in bowl and keep adding cocnut until mixture is firm enough to shape into balls. Roll the balls in lightly tossed coconut and place in fridge to firm before eating.
Pecan power balls
½ cup seeded raisins
½ cup currants
½ cup prunes
1 cup pecans
1/3 cup wheatgerm
¼ cup orange juice
grated rind of 1 orange
½ cup coconut
1 tablespoon honey
Finely chop fruit and pecans and blend with wheatgerm. Orange rind and juice.
Warm butter and honey, add to combined ingredients. Mix well
Roll into small balls and toss in coconut
Store in an airtight container.
(I would put in fridge to set)
4 tablespoons peanut butter
½ cup honey
½ cup skim milk powder
¼ cup chopped dates
¼ cup chopped raisins
¼ cup chopped nuts
Place all ingredients in a basin and mix well.
Divide mixture onto two and form each half into a roll approx 30cm long.
Wrap in greaseproof paper and refrigerate until firm