3 Summer Snacks | The Healthy Life

Friday, June 10, 2016

Today I wanted to share with you three easy to make snacks that I love to have to hand in the summer months especially. Two of them are as easy as 1, 2, 3 so really you can get started preparing them right away if you fancy. And here's what I'm talking about:

Frozen Banana Lollies

All you need is a banana and some toothpicks. Just chop the banana into four pieces and stick your toothpicks in so that you can hold the banana like an ice lolly. If you want to jazz it up a little you can sprinkle some desiccated coconut on top or dip your banana into some melted chocolate - whatever you fancy! I went for plain banana and some coconut sprinkles because that's my fave. Pop the bananas into a box or freezer bag and put them in the freezer for a couple of hours. And there you go, easy peasy lemon squeezy: frozen banana lollies! They're a delicious little snack, especially during the hot summer months and a much healthier alternative to ice cream.

Raw Chocolate Balls

These take a little more time and prepartion then the other two recipes but they're absolutely worth it I promise! I found this recipe in Madeleine Shaw's 'Get the Glow' and they are by far the best healthy chocolate alternative I've ever come across! Like they literally taste just as good as a chocolate bar if not better but contain no nasties at all! They satisfy my chocolate cravings and are therefore a staple in my fridge all year round! Here's what you'll need:

100g hazelnuts
100g desiccated coconut
100g dates (pitted)
50g raw cacao
3 tbsp coconut oil
tiny pinch of salt

Blend the nuts until you've got a fine flour then add in the rest of your ingredients and blitz for 3 to 4 minutes until everything is thoroughly mixed and a sort of sticky dough has formed. Roll the mixture into balls, put them on a plate and pop that in the freezer for 20 minutes, then transfer them to the fridge. I get 15-17 balls out of that mixture and they keep in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. Yumm!

Frozen Yoghurt Berries 

This is another simple ingredients recipe that won't take long at all to prepare. Simply put some Greek yoghurt in a bowl and mix it with some water to get it a little more runny. Wash your berries - I used raspberries and blackberries but use whatever floats your boat - then pop them into the yoghurt mixture one by one thoroughly covering them. It's best to use a fork here to swirl the berries around in the yoghurt. Transfer the coated berries onto a plate lined with baking paper and put that plate into the freezer for a couple of hours. And there you have it: frozen yoghurt berries for when you need a little refreshing snack in the summer time.

What do you think? Will you give these a go? I urge you to try them and promise you will love them! :) So happy snack-making ;)

Lots of Love,
Jess xx

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