Healthy snacks can help you to regulate blood sugar levels and keep you on the ball all day long.
Simple sugars may lift you up in the short term, but what goes up must come down. The best health-snacking strategy is to plan ahead and get organised. By purchasing or making healthy snacks in advance, you’ll have the desired food at hand when you need it. If you don’t, you’ll most likely grab the closest food to hand. Whether it is from a vending machine or convenience store, most are high-sugar, high in fat with little nutritional value, not to mention expensive. Instead of snacking absent-mindedly, make snacking a conscious activity. This means eating without doing anything else at the same time (sending emails, having a meeting or talking on the phone), otherwise, you can easily overeat without realizing it. Eat slowly, mindfully, enjoy and chew, chew, chew.
- 2 cups rolled oats
- ½ cup wheat germ
- ½ cup sesame seeds
- ½ cup sunflower kernels
- ½ cup pumpkin seeds (pepitas)
- 1 cup of chopped mixed dried fruits (sultanas, apple, apricot, dates)
- ½ cup honey
- ¾ cup of boiling water
- Line a 3cm deep, 16cm x 28cm baking tray with baking paper.
- Mix all dry ingredients until well combined.
- In a small bowl combine the honey and boiling water, stir well and combine into the oat mixture until well blended.
- Spoon mixture into the lined tray and use a spatula to press down firmly.
- Bake in a moderate oven until golden brown.
- Allow to cool and cut into small squares.
- Store in an airtight container for up to 7 days.
- Makes approximately 24 squares.