- Coconut chips – I’ve recently discovered Zenian Roasted Coconut Chips. These are on the sweet side, but deliciously crunchy, and surprisingly filling given the fat content. I found a bag of these in Pak ‘n Save and have ashamedly ploughed through them. While probably not a fantastic everyday snack, these certainly satisfy a sweet craving and I imagine would be lovely sprinkled over a baked fruit dessert, or over breakfast cereal or yogurt
- Apples – Apples are low in sugar and high in fibre and antioxidants. They're lovely with coconut butter or nut butter spread on the slices. If you like (and aren’t allergic) to nuts, the protein, fat and carbohydrate combo will give you a sustained energy boost. Coconut butter is rich in fibre and healthy MCT fats so another wonderful combo to beat the afternoon slump.
- Fig energy bites – there are hundreds of recipes online for bliss balls, but I like the energy bites recipe from Mickey Trescott’s book.
In a food processor blend 2 cups dried figs, or other dried fruit such as dates or apricots (or a mix of your favourites), with a pinch of salt, ½ tsp cinnamon, 1/3 cup melted coconut oil and 1& 1/2 cups of shredded unsulphered dried coconut. When you have dough-like consistency, take tablespoon sized lumps and roll into balls and then roll in a little more shredded coconut. YUM!
- Carrots dipped in ‘ranch dressing’. Mickey Trescott’s book ‘Autoimmune Paleo’ has a great tangy ranch dressing recipe which I’m quite partial to dipping carrots in. Carrots are rich in beta carotene, which is a precursor to Vitamin A. An essential vitamin for anti-aging and general immune health.
- Gelatine gummies – another fairly new discovery, gelatine gummies are my new favourite snack to tide me over the annoying 2 hours between finishing work and eating dinner. Here’s a delicious recipe for gummies. There are so many amazing benefits that can come from eating gelatine, including improvements in digestion, gut healing, skin, and mental health. Chris Kressor - a nutrition hero of mine – has written an article on they why’s of eating more gelatine – check it out here.