That bag of nachos. It’s still half full and you put it back in the pantry because you’re trying to be good. But who cares? Like it matters at this point.
Sounds familiar? The Corona crisis forced millions of employees to work remotely. And what used to be a luxury is quickly losing appeal.
One thing quickly became clear: It is so very easy to give in to your cravings when you’re home alone all day. After all, no one sees how many cookies you really had. And honestly, you need a reward and some motivation. Right?
We’ve been there - and we have a solution. Check out these 5 super tasty and amazingly healthy snacks you can binge on without feeling bad. The best thing about them? They’re ready in just 5 minutes!
Here's what to expect:
Popcorn is healthier than you might think. It is actually full of fibre and antioxidants. One serving provides you with up to 70 percent of your daily whole grain dose! What makes it bad for you are the additional ingredients, like butter or caramel. So make it yourself - and make it better!
We love this Spicy Sriracha Popcorn that is featured on the Wayfair blog. But to be honest, there are no limits. Combine any spices and flavors that come to your mind and enjoy a guilt-free pleasure.
- Raw Balls
Raw balls are a huge trend, and rightly so. They’re sweet, tasty and wholesome. Check out these quick and easy Peanut Butter Cup Energy Balls by Minimalist Baker. They’re full of good stuff: oats to fill you up, chia seeds for extra fibre, peanut butter for energy, dates for gentle sweetness and some dark chocolate for the little extra something.
Feel free to be creative, and add some desiccated coconut or some tangy cranberries. They keep for a few days if chilled, so you can even make some ahead.
- Fruity Sorbet
At some point during your home office isolation you will inevitably end up reaching for that tub of ice cream in your freezer. Don’t! We have a much healthier but equally delicious suggestion for you: homemade fruit sorbet. It’s fat-free and low sugar (you can even skip the sugar altogether depending on what type of fruit you’re using).
Here’s a super quick recipe for a Fruit Sorbet by The Flavor Bender for you. It takes next to no time and you won’t need an ice cream churner! Use your favorite fruit (and booze, if you’re in the mood … not that we want to give you any ideas).
- Homemade Chips
Gotta love chips with their crunchy goodness and salty perfection! Unfortunately they’re also pretty unhealthy, as they’re full of fat and sodium.
Luckily there’s an alternative! Rachel Cooks has a fabulous recipe for Homemade Sweet Potato Chips (works with regular potatoes, too). Since you make them in the microwave there is no need for a fryer and a low-fat result! Be creative with the seasoning - we love black pepper and rosemary!
Looking for an energy boost? Good! Homemade flapjacks are your go-to snack then. Check out these amazing and super easy Flapjack Recipe Ideas by Gousto. They take just 5 minutes and very few (very good!) ingredients.
The main ingredient is oats, which fill you up in a wholesome way. Syrup adds sweetness (the recipe suggests golden syrup, but honey, agave syrup or maple syrup will work just as well). The rest is up to you. Fruit? Chocolate? Seeds? Just follow today’s mood.
You see, it’s easy-peasy to treat yourself in a good way while working from home. Most snacks don’t even require fresh ingredients, so you can always keep some supplies in your pantry to prepare them as the craving hits you. Feeling really hungry? We have some quick main meal recipes for you as well!
Have a productive time and stay healthy!
The Smunch Team