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11 Delicious Nutritious Snacks You Can Enjoy on the Go

Sugar-free, gluten-free, nutrient-packed recipes for healthy snacking.

Healthy snacks are a vital part of any healthy living regimen. In my opinion, they are key to evening out blood sugar highs and lows, which are so common these days, whilst providing energy and brain food and importantly balancing mood. Take a look at these sugar-free, gluten-free, nutrient-packed recipes for healthy snacking inspiration.

Nutty about nuts

Nuts are a nutritious snack, perfect for mid-morning or afternoon when your energy levels start to dip. I sometimes get bored of eating unflavoured raw nuts so for a welcome change try roasting nuts with antioxidant-rich spices or herbs. In the correct quantity, nuts aren't fattening and research has shown that people that nibble on nuts as snacks eat less overall. Get nutty people!

1. Rosemary and Sea Salt Roasted Walnuts

Recipe / ByChelsy Ethridge

Walnuts in particular are a great brain food, and ideal for office workers

2. Curried Cashews

Recipe / ByKari Peters

while cashews lift mood

3. Spiced Almonds

Recipe / Bygoop

and almonds lower cholesterol.

Chickpeas

Eating protein as a snack, either alone or with a small amount of fruit, keeps your blood sugar levels steady and stops the crashes caused by too many sugary snacks which only lead to more intense physical food cravings.

4. Crispy Harissa Chickpeas

Recipe / ByCaitriona Redmond

If you love food with a Moroccan twist, you'll enjoy these healthy crispy chickpeas, which are quick to make too.

Dried Fruit

Along with nuts, dried fruit such as dried apricots or raisins are a great snacking option. I recommend eating a combination of nuts and dried fruit for a blood sugar balancing solution.

5. Homemade Fruit Roll-ups

Recipe / ByPip & Ebby

You can even make your own dried fruit.

6. Sugar-free Tea Cake

Recipe / ByCaitriona Redmond

You can also take advantage of the natural sweetness of dried fruit by incorporating it into cake. Sugar-free tea cake anyone?

7. Chocolate-Covered Goji Berries

Recipe / Bygoop

For a more indulgent option, try your hand at making some nutrient-packed chocolate-coated goji berries (perfect for when you get those chocolate cravings)

Flapjacks & Brownies

Commercial flapjacks are notoriously high in sugar or syrup but you can make your own much healthier version at home.

8. Homemade Granola Bars

Recipe / Bygoop

These ones are full of healthy fats and slow-releasing oats (I'd substitute the canola oil with olive oil or butter and the brown rice syrup with more readily available maple syrup).

9. Gorgeous Granola Bars with Peanut Butter & Dates

Recipe / ByDale Pinnock

Medicinal chef and cookbook author Dale Pinnock makes his with seeds and peanut butter.

10. Sweet Potato Brownies

Recipe / ByElla Woodward

As a big fan of brownies but of not the amount of sugar they contain, I'm always on the lookout for the perfect refined sugar-free version. These ones, from healthy foodie and blogger Ella Woodward, fit the bill and their moistness comes from sweet potatoes of all things.

Get Dipping

I personally love hummus with vegetable sticks as a nutritious snack but have yet to find a recipe that tastes quite as good as supermarket bought and the texture is never as smooth. Make sure you buy hummus made with olive oil and without any preservatives or additives.

11. Beetroot and Walnut Dip

Recipe / ByHonestly Healthy Food

Check out this alternative to hummus.

Books by the featured authors

Deliciously Ella

Book / ByElla Woodward

If you salivated over those sweet potato brownies above then take a look at Ella Woodward's book. Ella had to resort to a diet free of meat, gluten, dairy, sugar and anything processed due to a rare illness. Her book is now available for pre-order at Amazon UK.

The Medicinal Chef: Healthy Every Day

Book / ByDale Pinnock

These recipes are organised by time of day so there's something for when you need to grab 'n' go, need something for your lunchbox, feel like grazing or even just winding down. The recipes are also categorised by 'body system' so you can choose dishes to help with your skin, joints & bones, respiratory system, immune system, etc. All the recipes look deliciously tempting, and nothing like 'healthy' food. A cheeky chilli chocamocha breakfast bomb has got to be the perfect start to an amazing day.

Hannah Howard runs Hannah Howard Nutrition in Berkhamsted and also offers a mobile service to the surrounding area. Since leaving the world of journalism 4 years ago, she has been learning all she can about health and nutrition, including juicing and raw food, macrobiotics, the mind-body connection, naturopathic nutrition and holistic remedies.

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