Tickle your taste buds this spring with these 10 easy snacks.
Whether you are working, studying or looking for something to serve your guests at a weekend braai, there is a seasonal snack for most tastes.
1. Fruit with jelly
Give your spring fruit a boost by serving it with jelly.
Make one packet of instant jelly and let it almost completely set. Then gently mix in pieces of your favourite fruit.
2. Carrots and hummus
Instead of reaching for an unhealthy packet of chip-and-dip, try this light and nutritious veggie stick snack instead.
Carrots have multiple benefits, such as a natural sweetness and they are rich in Vitamin A…and they are great for dipping.
Whether you are looking to buy these at the bakery or prefer the pre-packed pretzels you find in a packet, pretzels are a delicious and convenient snack.
Compared to chips, pretzels are lower in fat and hence a healthier option.
Kiwifruit season is sneaking up on us, and that is great news for your snacking habits as you can just cut it in half and eat it out with a spoon, or peel, slice and add it to a fruit salad.
Not only is kiwifruit high in Vitamin C, but it also can make a delicious cake filling or ice cream topping.
5. Avocado on wholewheat toast
This can be a snack or a meal, depending on your appetite. Dress up a slice of wholewheat toast with avocado and it might be just what you need to get you through to dinnertime.
Mashed avocado is classic by itself but if you are wanting something extra, try topping it with sliced tomatoes.
6. Peanut butter banana sundae
If you have got that mid-day sweet tooth, then some peanut butter and banana ice cream will fill that void. Combine:
- ½ cup low-fat ice cream with
- 1 tablespoon warmed peanut butter (warm it up in the microwave) and
- Half a sliced banana
Bananas contain potassium, and peanut butter is high in protein, so this is a dessert that gives you a bonus of minerals and protein.
7. Crackers with cream cheese
If you are not looking to spend too much time in the kitchen, take out a few crackers and top with a spoonful or two of cream cheese.
You will be surprised at how filling this little snack is. Add pieces of salmon, cucumber or jam for different flavours.
Smoothies are delicious and incredibly easy to make.
Simply combine yoghurt, milk, and fruit – for example, strawberries or banana – in a blender for a fast yet filling snack.
Keen for more? Try out these fun smoothies from The South African’s page: How smoothies can give you the vitamins you need to stay fit and healthy
9. Seeds and nuts
Seeds and nuts work best when they are consumed in small portions.
Generally they are high in fibre and fat, which helps to keep you full.
You also can sprinkle them on salads, cereals and yoghurts to providing interesting textures.
10. Frozen grapes
On warmer or hot days, try a handful of frozen grapes.
Simply wash your grapes and then freeze them for an hour or two for a fabulously icy treat.
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