11th May 2018Category: Working Carers
With the weather warming up (we can’t stop the rain though) we thought we would find summer snacks to keep you going at work and to keep you cool when the next heat wave arrives (fingers crossed). These have been selected because they are easy to make at home and healthier than the usual go to snacks (especially ice cream).
You may have seen these types of bars in the supermarkets so why not make your own version especially when no cooking is required. If you are looking for a sweet, chocolate tasting snack but want to feel like you are getting 1 of your 5 a day plus fibre then you will love these. Just don’t forget the greaseproof paper or you will have sticky hands.
The thought of bark might not be appealing but it is made out of yogurt and fruit. This recipe is just one of many recipes as you can use blueberries, chocolate or even a unicorn version. I like this recipe as it has a print out recipe plus step-by-step video.
If you prefer smoothies and cool drinks rather than snacks then try this recipe. You can pack in lots of fruit yet still have a sweet fix. This sundae could be a breakfast option.
Are strawberries your favourite fruit? Why not get some ice cream moulds and create these delicious cold lollies. You won’t feel guilty having one of these when it gets hot outside.
Love coffee? Or do you just still need your caffeine fix even when its too warm for a hot drink? These ice-lollies use espresso, natural yogurt, honey and hazelnut syrup. They look great and taste great and much cheaper than a high street iced coffee treat.
This recipe is very simple and great for making a big batch. I am sure these snacks would be very popular if you offered them to your colleagues. Use a high quality chocolate, as you will really notice the difference.
I find that I tend to eat more fruit when it is served cut up like fruit salads and the ready to go pots in the supermarkets (but they cost a small fortune). So this option is a great grab and go option for work once made. Find a small glass or plastic travel container, layer 1/2 of the container with fruit cut into 1/2-inch cubes (kiwis, mangos, and pineapples are nice) with 1/4 cup plain low-fat yogurt. Top with 1 tablespoon toasted sliced almonds. 1 serving is roughly 100 calories each.
I know this sounds a little odd and it is also not a recipe. But sometimes the simple ones can be the most satisfying (and healthy). Keep a bag of purple grapes in your freezer to have as a healthy, refreshing alternative snack for hot summer days. A low calorie option with no prep but will keep you cool.
This is a favourite for me as you can be as creative as you wish with the toppings. Let’s be honest, a snack that involves chocolate is always good. If you have kids, they will enjoy making then (and eating them too). Just remember the lollipop sticks.
When the sun is shining the first thing you want is ice cream. Jamie Oliver has created a great alternative to traditional ice cream but still tastes delicious. A food blender is essential as well as lots of berries.