Healthy snacks to satisfy those afternoon cravings

Why is it, when you’ve been good all day, as soon as you get home from work, you just want to eat everything in the house.

Here’s a few reasons why;

  • You may be bored! In a world thats fast paced, sitting down for long periods of time is inconceivable. You look around on a bus today and almost 85% of people are on their phones, same with sitting on the couch at home, you’ll be up and down to the fridge not because you’re starving but because it’s something to do.
  • Sugary treats. Everytime you eat sugar you release dopamine in the brain making you feel good or happy. This feeling can sometimes be associated with addiction when you keep relying on sugary treats to feel this way. You may feel happy when you’re eating that piece of chocolate cake but it’s not long after that you feel guilty about eating it.
  • Skipping meals. If you’ve kids or a busy job it may be hard to eat a proper breakfast, lunch and dinner. I’ve worked with a lot of people who quite often survive of Coffee throughout the day and when they get home, gorge on whatever’s around. By doing this you’re sending your metabolism the wrong signals. I know it’s hard to meal prep the week before or even the night before but once you et into the routine of it, you won’t need to skip meals.

Try these healthy snacks to curb those cravings!

Dark Chocolate Strawberries

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Ingredients:

A dozen Frozen strawberries
100g 90% Dark chocolate

Recipe;

  1. Melt the 100g of chocolate in the microwave for 2 minutes until melted
  2. Tear off a sheet of baking paper and lay it on a flat surface
  3. Dip the frozen strawberries in the melted chocolate and lay it on the baking paper to set
  4. Once the chocolate has set, enjoy!

 

Coconut and Hazelnut Mousse

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Ingredients:

200g of light Coconut cream
Handful of Pitted Dates
1 Cup of Hazelnuts
1tbsp of Cacao

Recipe;

  1. Remove the seeds from the dates, chop finely and throw into blender.
  2. Add half a cup of Hazelnuts to the blender and blend until smooth, then put aside.
  3. Using an electric mixer mix coconut cream and Cacao on high until it thickens.
  4. Using ramekin dishes or alternately using cupcake cases, pour the date and hazelnut mixture in your dishes evenly and press down.
  5. Pour the coconut cream on top of the mixture and sprinkle the remaining Hazelnuts on top.
  6. Leave in the fridge for 15-20 to set.

 

Easy homemade chocolates

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Ingredients:

60g of coconut oil
50g of cocoa powder
10g maple syrup

Recipe;

  1. First you’ll need an ice cube tray from the freezer, empty any existing ice cubes out
  2. Melt your 60g of coconut oil in the microwave for 10-15 seconds
  3. Add the cocoa powder and maple syrup to the coconut oil and stir (Feel free to add more maple syrup for extra sweetness)
  4. Pour your mixture into the ice cube tray and leave to set in the freezer.

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