If you find yourself constantly reaching for your fridge
door and snacking on junk food, you’re not alone. Stressful times or even
boredom can cause you to binge on unhealthy food.
We know it’s hard right now to not munch on those unhealthy
snacks. To stop yourself from emotional eating, you need to be more mindful or
consciously aware of what you are consuming throughout the day. Even when you
are shopping for groceries, buy lesser snacks or look for healthier
alternatives. An easy way to ensure that you don’t put on weight during this
lockdown is to make your own healthy snacks at home. That way, you’ll be
consuming clean ingredients and can indulge in them without the guilt.
Here are 3 healthy and easy recipes (free of refined sugar) to curb your sugar cravings. Plus point? Simple and clean ingredients!
Servings: 16 pieces Ingredients: 15 mejdool dates, pitted 1/2 cup nuts of choice 1 tbsp coconut oil 1 1/2 tbsp cocoa powder 1 tbsp chia seeds 1 pinch salt 1 tsp vanilla extract 1/4 cup shredded coconut
Soak the dates in water for few hours until soft.
Add the nuts to a food processor and pulse until chopped. Add the remaining ingredients except for the shredded coconut and pulse until the mixture sticks together. If the mixture seems too dry, add 1 tablespoon water.
Roll the mixture into bite-size balls and coat each ball with shredded coconut.
Refrigerate for 30 minutes, until they harden.
Store in the fridge in an airtight container or plastic bag for up to two weeks
Healthy Chocolate Hazelnut Balls
Servings: 8 pieces Ingredients: 1 cup hazelnuts, raw or roasted 2 tbsp cacao or cocoa powder 2 tbsp maple syrup 1 tsp vanilla extract 1/8 tsp sea salt
Topping: 12 individual hazelnuts, raw or roasted 1/4 cup dark chocolate, melted (optional)
Add 1 cup hazelnuts into a food processor and pulse until chopped.
Add cacao powder, maple syrup, vanilla and sea salt. Pulse a few times until the ingredients start to stick together. If the mixture seems too dry, add a little water until combined like a dough.
Roll the mixture into bite-size balls and add one hazelnut into the center of each, making the ball around it.
Dip half the ball into the melted dark chocolate. Chop the remaining 4 hazelnuts into tiny pieces and roll each ball in it. Place in the fridge to set and enjoy!
Nutty Chocolate Bark
Servings: 20 pieces Ingredients: 1/2 cup virgin coconut oil 1/2 cup cocoa or cacao powder 1/4 cup maple syrup, room temperature 1/4 cup hazelnuts, raw or roasted 1/4 cup almonds, raw or roasted 1 pinch sea salt
Melt the coconut oil over low heat. Remove from heat and whisk in the cocoa (or cacao) powder and maple syrup until smooth. Add a pinch of sea salt to taste. Chop half of the nuts and stir it in the chocolate mixture.
Spread the mixture onto a parchment-lined pan and smooth out until it’s slightly thick. You can also use chocolate moulds. Sprinkle on the remaining nuts. Place into freezer for 15 minutes, until frozen solid.
Once frozen, break apart into barks. Store in the freezer until ready to eat. Note: For toppings, you can use any nuts, seeds, goji berries, cranberries, dried coconut flakes, etc. as per your preference.
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