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3 Healthy Snacks for Summer

The Great British Summer is finally on it’s way and here at do it crowd HQ we’re loving the longer, sunnier days, giving us more time to get out there and do more!

One thing we’ve noticed though, as that when you’re busy it can be hard to stay on track and keep eating healthily, so we’ve investigated 3 great healthy snack ideas that are perfect for when you’re out walking, running and more…

 

Pistachio and dark chocolate energy bars

When you’re on the move (and possibly on a mountain) you need to keep your energy levels up, and stay hydrated – remember to drink plenty of water, and why not try packing some of these delcious

Healthy Energy Bars

Ingredients

Teaspoon of olive oil for greasing
75g of shelled pistacios
100g of your favourite mixed seeds
250g of rolled oats
8 soft dates
100g dried apricots
50g of 70% cocao dark chocolate
100ml of maple syrup
2-3 tablespoons of almond butter

Method

Preheat the oven to 180ºC/gas 4. Grease and line a 20 x 20cm square baking tin.

Chop the pistachios, then scatter over a baking sheet with the mixed seeds and oats, and roast for 20 minutes, or until golden and toasted, turning occasionally.

Meanwhile, destone and roughly tear the dates, roughly chop the apricots and chocolate.

Place the maple syrup, almond butter, dates and 150ml of water in a small saucepan over a low heat. Gently heat for 10 minutes, mashing the dates with the back of your spoon, until you have a sticky sauce.

Tip the oats, seeds and pistachios into a large bowl along with the apricots and pour over the maple syrup mixture. Coat everything in the sticky sauce before gently folding through the dark chocolate.

Pour the mixture into the baking tin, using a back of a spoon to press into an even layer.

Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until golden, then cut into portions.

 

Quick Hummus and crunchy crudites

It’s easy when you’re exercising to over-eat and go crazy on your calories, so go easy and pick a healthy snack with slow-release energy such as this healthy hummus and crudites snack pot recipe – whenever your energy levels drop – dive in!

Healthy Hummus Recipe

Ingredients

400g of tinned chickpeas
1 small clove of garlic
1 tablespoon tahini
tablespoon of fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon of extra virgin olive oil
1 fresh red pepper
1 celery stick
1 carrot

Method

Drain and tip the chickpeas into a food processor.

Peel and add the garlic, then add the tahini, a good squeeze of lemon juice and 1 tablespoon of oil.

Season with a pinch of sea salt, then pop the lid on and blitz.

Use a spatula to scrape the hummus down the sides of the bowl, then blitz again until smooth.

Have a taste and add more lemon juice or a splash of water to loosen, if needed, then transfer to a serving bowl.

Serve with your fresh veg sliced into little crunchy crudites for dipping!

 

Cherry Soya Smoothie

If you want a quick blast of hydration and natural sugar – this little smoothie is for you!

Cherry Smoothie Recipe

Ingredients

100ml of cherry juice
200ml of unsweetened soya milk
1 cherry soya yogurt
3 tbsp or 50g firm silken tofu
75g frozen cherries
2 tablespoons of porridge oats

Method

Measure all the ingredients exactly or use a tall glass and your empty yogurt pot for speed – they don’t have to be exact.

Put them into a blender and blitz until smooth.

Pour into an easy to carry cooler for your day out!

 

Have you got some more ideas you’d love to share with the rest of the crowd? Drop us a tweet! If you need some breakfast ideas read our other recent blog, or check out our favourite healthy lunches here too!

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