Basing our diet mainly around a variety of wholefoods is a simple way to ensure we’re fueling our body with the nutrients we need to feel and be well. While nuts and fruit are a go to for whole food snacking, sometimes it’s good to mix it up and have other options available to keep your diet varied and interesting. So I thought I’d share with you some of my favourite options made with wholefood ingredients that satisfy the taste buds and are great for you too!
Here’s some of my top options:
Natural yoghurt and berries:
This is one of my favourite afternoon snacks as it feels like such a treat. When fresh berries aren’t in season, I use frozen berries and sprinkle over some chia seeds. The seeds absorb some of the berry juice as they defrost so the yoghurt doesn’t become too watery. Plus of course they add beneficial fibre, vitamins, minerals and some omega 3 fats – functional AND nutritious – what a great combination 🙂 Sometimes I add a sprinkle of dried fruit/nut mix as well for some extra crunch and flavour.
Tasti Smooshed Wholefood Balls and Made Simple Bars:
Times are a moving and there are now some awesome products on the market for snacks that use wholefood ingredients. Some of my new favourites for a sweet treat are the Tasti Smooshed Wholefood balls and the Tasti Made Simple bars. I like to keep these in my drawer at work, especially on those days I’m out and about and may need a snack to keep me going. I just grab one and chuck it in my bag and I’m sorted.
The bars are a perfect snack size and have an amazing flavour. My favourite Made Simple bar is the chocolate lamington. It’s just the right combination of chocolate and coconut and has a nice amount of sweetness from dates. The ingredients list is just dates, roasted cashews, cocoa powder, coconut and a hint of natural coconut flavour.
The Smooshed wholefood balls are also delicious – with 6 in each pack they’re a nourishing sweet treat made only from wholefoods. All the products have a high health star rating too!
If you’d like to try them, I’m giving some away – keep reading for details at the bottom of this post.
When I first saw chia puddings a couple of years back I wasn’t convinced they’d be tasty. Then I made one and my mind was changed. Chia seeds are not only highly nutritious, they absorb lots of fluid to form a soft, pudding like consistency, so you can use them to create delicious, healthy creations. There’s so many recipes, but after you’ve made a few it’s pretty easy to freestyle it. I like mine soaked in vanilla flavoured almond milk with raspberries and cashew nuts topped with some yoghurt. Here’s a couple of recipes to get you inspired.
From top right:
Berry chia pudding with Greek yoghurt
Simple mango chia pudding
Banana Coconut chia pudding
Raspberry, almond and coconut chia pudding
Pimped up vegetables!
A good way to boost your vegetable intake during the day is to include them in your snacking. Vegetables are such a powerhouse of goodness – vitamins, minerals, dietary fibre, antioxidants and phytochemicals – we all know that eating AT LEAST 3 serves a day is necessary for wellbeing. By themselves they’re not that filling, but there are lots of ways to make them more satiating and interesting.
Here’s a couple of ideas for yummy vegetable snacks:
- Celery and carrot sticks with peanut butter, hummus or cottage cheese
- Cherry tomatoes and cheese cubes on toothpicks
- Left over roast kumara and pumpkin pieces
- Cucumber rounds spread with pesto and topped with a little cheese
I’d love to know what your favourite wholefood snack options are. Let me know in the comments below.
I’ve got a Tasti pack to give away containing:
- Three packets of Tasti Made Simple Wholefood Bars (Cocoa Orange, Forrest Berry and Chocolate Lamington)
- Three packets of the Tasti Smooshed Wholefood Balls (Orange zinger, brazen berry and mocha macchiato)
To be in the draw, simply comment below with what flavour you’d try first and share this post by hitting the Facebook button at the top or bottom of the post. Winner will be drawn on Sunday 21 August and published on this post and notified by email. Open to NZ residents only. Good luck!
Congratulations to Lara Croll who won this prize pack.
This post was made possible thanks to Tasti.