I’ve made a round up of some quick and healthy summer snacks that we all need to try this summer. Some of these snacks you’ll need to make ahead of time, while others you can devour almost immediately. Without further ado, let’s dive right into it!
Greek yogurt, fresh rasberries and some nuts and honey
Try using the full fat yogurt as it contains less sugar, then top it off with some blueberries and raspberries (which are high in antioxidants). Fun fact, eating these fruits will create an increase in positive mind boosting affects because they help the brain produce dopamine. You can also add toasted, raw or unsalted nuts for crunch and they’re also high in omega 3 fatty acids. Omega 3’s help lower cholesterol, prevent heart diease and control diabetes.
This no bake and crazy easy to make snack is completely customizable and nutritious! These healthy and convenient energy balls contain a mix of protein, carbs and fats and can meet the needs of almost any diet plan (just adjust accordingly). I didn’t add spices, but that would definitely boost this recipe to the next level for your tastebuds and health!
Here’s my SUPERFOOD recipe for a quick snack to make when you’re low on time and energy (side tip: if you’re thinking of making them in advance, you can always put them in the freezer and take them out the night before. Another suggestion is to mold the mixed ingredients into a block shape and cut them into bars, that way if you decide to put them in the freezer they can also double as an icepack on hot summer days) . You can snack on these winners in the late pm at work, when you’re feeling nibbly, or need a quick snack while you’re on the run.
What you’ll need
Uno. Food processor
Due. Dried fruit melody (I made my own but always tinker with it)
Tre. Nuts of your choice 1-2 types
Quattro. Seeds (I used pre-packaged mix of chia, hemp & buckwheat cereal)
Cinque. 2 plates
Sei. Plastic wrap
Disclaimer, all measurements were all approximate. I wanted to make 5-7 balls, so I eyeballed everything.
On your marks. Get set, GO
Organize the mixture you’re going to use onto plates (for convenient grab and toss).
On the first plate I’ve got apricots, goji berries, 7 whole walnuts, raisins, pineapple, dried shredded unsweetened coconut, cranberries and strawberries.
Grab your nuts and pulse into desired size, I went on the smaller/finer side. Once that’s done, remove and place it onto a dish to set aside for later.
Take your dried fruit melody and blend roughly the same size as the nuts.
Remove the dried fruit mixture and place on the same plate as the grounded nuts. Combine all of the ingredients and don’t forget to also include the dried shredded coconut, chia seeds, hemp cereal and buckwheat. I rolled them into truffle size balls and wrapped in plastic wrap overnight.
I find that most of the time these balls have dates as their main ingredient followed by a variety of other dried fruits, but I’m not really a fan of dates. So, this could make a great alternative.
Earlier in the post, I touched slightly on how eating dopamine-rich foods can help with regulating positivity and concentration. If you’re interested in going into more depth and learning about how to increase dopamine naturally, have look at my friend Helen Sanders’ post.
Let me know in the comments below if you tried any of these recipes or plan to!