Sunday, 18 October 2015

Lifestyle | 7 Easy To Make Low Calorie Snacks For Work

Smart Snacking


Now I'm at the ripe old age of 24 I'm starting to quickly realise how important it is to watch what I'm eating - the days of being able to eat cheeseburgers till my hearts content (or clogged up) are long gone and the signs of diet neglect are starting to show. 

The hardest thing about eating healthy for me is like many, the complete lack of convenience. It's seems soo much easier to grab a chocolate bar or cheese and ham toastie from the local shop when I'm needing a snack at work, rather than spending time preparing something to take in beforehand like some sort of domestic goddess. 

However when the Laughing Cow contacted me about reviewing some of their new low calorie cheese cube snacks, it inspired me to start being smart with my snacking and actually make an effort to find some easy to make, but healthy foods. Shout out to Pinterest for the help with this! 

So Here We Go:  7 low Calorie Snacks To Take To Work (That Are Easy To Make And Super Tasty!)


1. Laughing Cow Mini Cravings



First we’ll start with the one snack in todays list that needs no preparation at all - the Laughing Cow Mini Cravings. At only 17 calories a pop you can enjoy these little beauties without the usual guilt that comes from snacking on cheese (unless your a greedy shit and eat the whole packet of course!). 

They've created a variety of different flavours, and after sharing them round the office at work the general feeling was that smoked ham was the winner. If you want to make them a bit more exciting you could always chop up some cucumber to have with them too. 


2. Sweet Potato Crisps


I love crisps. Maybe it's because I was born in Bradford where the best crisps in the world where made (Seabrook's, duh!) or maybe it's the crunchy texture, but they tend to be a go to snack of mine.

That's why I was very happy to find these actual not-so-bad-for-you sweet potato crisps! They're even cooked using coconut oil for extra healthiness too. To make:

2 sweet potatoes
2 tbsp melted coconut oil
2 tsp dried rosemary
1 tsp sea salt

1. Preheat oven to 190 C. Peel sweet potatoes VERY THINLY (otherwise they won't crisp up). Toss in a bowl with coconut oil, rosemary, and the salt.

2. Place sweet potato crisps in a single layer on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper. Bake for 10 minutes, then flip crisps over and bake for another 10 minutes. Blast them under the grill for a final 5-10 minutes, watching carefully to make sue they don't go brown.


3. Homemade Tzatziki Yoghurt Dip With Carrot, Red Pepper And Cucumber Sticks



I'm a huge fan of Tzatziki (must be the Greek in me!) but often find that the shop bought dips are full of calories and therefore guilt.

This homemade recipe is super low calorie and perfect for dipping veg in. To make:

1 cucumber, grated
1 tsp of fresh dill (removed from stem)
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp paprika
1 tbsp of freshly squeeed lemon juice
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
2 garlic cloves (minced)
1 cup of fat free plain Greek Yoghurt

Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl, then refrigerate for at least 2 hours to allow flavours to come through. This will last in the fridge for 2-3 days. Enjoy! 


4. Brown Rice Cakes With Avocado And Honey


For these lovely little crunchy bites it's best to prepare just before eating. If you pre make them then the avocado turns a brown colour (they still taste lovely like this but just don't look very appealing!).

They're super easy to make, you just need:

1 avocado
3 no added salt rice cakes (brown are best!)
2 tsp organic honey
20-25 Organic Pistachios to top

Mix the avocado and honey up then spread onto the rice cakes, then top with pistachios. A simple but really tasty snack - great for if you have a sweet tooth like me.


5. Hard Boiled Eggs With Paprika 


Hard boiled eggs are a great snack because they're full of protein which helps to fill you up. Spice them up with a little sprinkling of paprika for a great mid morning or late afternoon snack.

....Just be prepared to be that selfish person in the office that everyone hates. Nearly as bad as when people whack out a tin of sardines in the office wwwwwwww.

6. Mini Ham & Vegetable Quiches 



I love these quiches because any time I can sneak spinach into my diet I feel like a real health stud. HURRAY FOR THE GREENS. Popeye would be proud.

They're really filling and simple to make, plus you can customise them with whatever veg you've got in. To make 6 quiches:

muffin Tin
6 eggs (beaten with salt & pepper)
diced ham (the proper stuff not the thin watery slices!)
spring onion (diced)
spinach (chopped)
red pepper (diced)
cheese (grated)

1. Preheat oven to 170 C. Grease the bottoms and sides of the muffin tin like your life depends on it (we don't want them sticking!).

2. Fill the bottoms of your muffin tins (about 1/3) with the ham, spinach, red pepper, spring onions and cheese.

3. Beat the eggs with the salt & pepper. Then add the eggs to the muffin tins. Stir each tin slightly to combine the eggs with the ingredients.

4. Bake for 18-20 minutes.

5. Either eat straight away or refrigerate. I usually make them the night before for work - they can last for a couple of days but they've never made it past 11am with me - too tasty! Ooo and they're even better with a tomato and basil salad.  


7. Almond Butter With Apple Slices And Cinnamon 



Don't be fooled by the kinda gross looking dish, it's actually amazingly tasty!! Chop up one apple then add a dollop of almond butter and a sprinkle of cinnamon and you're good to go. 

Perfect for a mid morning second breakfast snack.


And thats all for my quick and easy snacks for work. Thanks for reading and I hope this inspires you to start snacking healthier too - let me know in the comments if you have any other quick and easy snacks I haven't mentioned. 


See you soon,


Gabby xo


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12 comments

  1. All of these look yummy - especially the sweet potato crisps!

    Sophie Cliff

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  2. Wow it all looks so tasty. I love eating healthy snacks like these, though sometimes i can't resist takeaways haha!

    Emma at www.collagemepretty.com

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  3. Ahh, these all look so good!! I totally have to try making those sweet potato crisps sometime. Here's to healthy snacking!

    Best,
    Christina

    Looks by Lau

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  4. Sweet potato chips and peanut butter with apples are two of my top favourites!
    xx http://natbeesfashion.blogspot.co.uk

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  5. So much inspiration here! Why have I not thought to add paprika to eggs before? Love this post! :)

    Style Sunrise☀

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  6. Fantastic post and food inspiration, I'm definitely wanting to try sweet potato crisps now!! <3

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  7. Great post dear! Have a nice day:)

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  8. I spread those cheeses onto toast, am I not supposed to do that? I dunno omg haha! Such good snack ideas xxx

    BlondeOfCarbs

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  9. So interesting! Thanks for sharing!

    Diana Cloudlet
    www.dianacloudlet.com

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  10. great post dear! Have a nice day:)

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