Oh my word, these are soft chocolatey delicious balls of skin loving goodness!
No but really, who doesn’t like sweet potato or almond butter or chocolate, so how about all three together with some added hemp protein making them a great balanced and super yummy snack for pre or post workout and also highly nourishing for your skin too.
These balls are also great for skin as they contain vitamin A (from sweet potato) and vitamin E (from almond butter), powerful antioxidants from the cacao and healthy fats from the almonds and hemp protein. Plus, they pack a good fibre punch which helps keep things moving which is also good for skin health as everything is regularly being cleared out…..
Overall these are some seriously nourishing balls!
I wanted to share my favourite savoury snacks as I’ve recently come across quite a few which I really like and find helpful to have tucked away in a cupboard or bag (or desk drawer for anyone who has one) for when the munchies hit but you don’t want anything sweet or to open a tub of boiled eggs and risk stinking out the office or bus.
The problem I always came across in the past was that the only option I could really find was a fruit & nut bar, nothing wrong with them but for tooth friendly reasons sometimes I didn’t want something sweet but something savoury, so here’s my top picks.
Baked pea crisps
Price: £1 for a bag of 5
I love these, they’re a great option made from peas, high fibre and source of protein and just with a pinch of salt and very affordable too!
Emily’s veg crisps
Where: Boots or Holland & Barrett
Price: £1.35-£1.39 for veg crisps £1.20 for sweet potato bag
In the mixed veg, the beetroot is my favourite crisp, plus they use responsibly sourced palm oil instead of standard sunflower oil which isn’t stable under high cooking temps so they’ve an edge over other brands in my opinion and a bag is 1/5 day. I’ve also recently come across their new product of sweet potato chips which include the purple variety too which is great as they’re even higher in anthocyanins than the orange versions & it’s these compounds which are often linked to a lot of health benefits.
I’d prefer them to be less crunchy but for anyone with good gnashers you’ll be fine.
This has got to be one of my all time favourite recipes ever!!
These bars have such a soft, fudgey texture with a lovely taste AND contain five, yes FIVE different fruit and veg in them meaning they aren’t just delicious but absolutely packed with the good stuff!
These are mostly made of fruit or veg meaning you’re properly nourishing your body with every bite which makes it hard to stop at one, which you’ll soon find out for yourself!
These are so nourishing that although they look like a very rich dessert, they’re actually more nutritious than what most people eat for breakfast plus they’re:
-high in fibre and protein
-contain good fats that help with the feeling of fullness
-use accessible, affordable ingredients
For a similar recipe that you can make if you haven’t got the black beans in your kitchen at the time is my bean blondie recipe. I took this recipe one step further by adding a bottom brownie layer and trying to create a denser “cookie dough” layer on top and then cramming as much goodness as I could into the recipe to make each bar something that nourishes not only your body but soul too because we all need to treat ourselves now and again.
This recipe is a great one for prepping you for a good study session or an early morning exam, especially if you’re bad at eating breakfast before you head out to do tests as you should have proper fuel before you begin.
There’s no refined sugar, it’s full of fibre as well as brain nourishing ingredients and I share some additional ones too that also have benefits, so feel free to add these into your daily diet leading up to exams in order to make sure your study sessions are maximised.
Brain boosting ingredients
Firstly I’ve used walnuts in this recipe as they’re packed with omega 3 beneficial fats which your brain loves, along with antioxidants such as Vitamin E for stress and brain protection.
The blueberries (also called brain berries by some) are great for focus and concentration as well as containing antioxidants. The cinnamon provides steady blood sugar levels meaning sustained, focused energy as does the high fibre wholemeal flour and oats that are providing slow release energy.
I’ve suggested using either avocado or coconut oil to add some moisture into the recipe as these oils provide good fats such as the MCT’s and ketones from coconut which are types of fat that the brain loves to use for fuel, while the avocado provides monounsaturated fats and vitamin E protection that helps blood vessels stay supple and flexible meaning good blood flow to the brain.
Finally the egg provides a source of choline which is essential to good brain function.
Served with nut butter
Other recommended foods
Turmeric-increases oxygen uptake to the brain
*Cacao– antioxidant protection and theobromine as a mild source of caffeine for energy
*Matcha (green tea powder)- provides a mild source of caffeine energy but also high in L-theanine which aids concentration and helps maintain a calm state
Oily fish– such as wild salmon are full of beneficial omega 3 fats
Water/hydration– your brain needs adequate hydration to function properly so make sure to drink plenty of fluids during studying and before an exam
*Note:Cacao, matcha and green tea contain only a small amount of caffeine so are suitable for older teens but high consumption should be avoided in young children and anyone with thyroid issues or on codeine painkillers should consult their doctor before high intakes of green tea/matcha.
I’ve been loving this lentil loaf not only because it’s so full of flavour but because it’s full of nutrition and it’s:
-full of fibre and protein
-full of healthy herbs
-doesn’t require kneading or proving
-made with super cheap red lentils
This loaf is lovely and soft, with more of a veggie “meat loaf” kind of feel about it rather than a loaf you’d slice and toast like normal bread (although I am working on a version like that) but you won’t want the normal white stuff once you taste this one anyway! Who doesn’t want a tasty slice of this savoury loaf without the belly bloat that you’d get from mass produced white bread?
The combo of feta cheese, tomatoes, oregano and basil gives it a pizza like taste to it, I mean really, what more could you want? Feel free to adapt the herbs and spices to your taste but I really do like the cheese, tomato and Italian herb mix so recommend giving this a go first and adding chilli if you want a gentle heat kick too.
I love using the MissFits nutrition pea protein powder sachets but it got even better when I combined their chocolate flavour with some avocado and peppermint extract because the result was a creamy, sugar free, high protein smoothie that tasted like the After eight chocolates!
A great choice for breakfast before a workout or as a recovery snack between the gym and your dinner later on that day.
Why I like this protein
This brand of protein is naturally sweetened with stevia meaning you don’t need to add any fruit or sugar so it’s a great option for anyone looking for a low sugar smoothie and also a good option for when there’s no fresh fruit in your kitchen or you have a ripe avocado begging to be used up.
Also, it contains added green tea extract for an energy boost which is great in the morning but it also acts as an antioxidant that can help protect the body from any exercise induced stress, great for those who workout hard or regularly. Their added vitamin B12 is the natural and more bio available form (methlycobalamin) compared to most varieties that are not (cyanocobalamin). Another added bonus is the digestive enzymes which help you digest the protein and other compounds in your meal.
Where to buy
These single serving sachets are really easy to get in Holland & Barrett and allow you to try each flavour out for yourself which I really recommend, so give this one a go and see what you think. They’re only 1.99 each and usually some kind of deal on them at the same time making them quite affordable to try before buying anything bigger. You can also get them online or at certain Tesco stores.