And just like that, the Easter holidays are almost here!
You may be escaping the city for a few days of relaxation or adventure with your children, or just taking some time to relax at home. The need to prepare meals and snacks doesn’t go away though, but you also don’t want to spend your precious down time to slave away in the kitchen.
That’s where easy snacks come into the picture: here are a few tasty snacks to try:
- Fruit skewers – use fruit such as bananas, apples and grapes. This is a great way to increase fruit intake and give yourself a little potassium, magnesium, antioxidant, fibre and energy boost.
- Chopped carrots and red peppers with a hummus or sweet chilli and yoghurt dip. Carrots and red peppers contain beta-carotene and the hummus or sweet chilli and yoghurt dip offer a protein-rich, healthier dip compared to something like mayonnaise.
- Biltong or droewors – try the ostrich versions for a leaner red meat.
- Ice lollies made with 100% fruit juice – while fruit juice does contain quite a bit of sugar in the form of fructose, you can control the portion size of the lollie and know that no other sugars have been added.
- Toasted chickpeas – drain a tin of chickpeas, place in a dry non-stick pan and toast for about 10 – 15 minutes. Add a little oil, just enough to coat the chickpeas, then add a braai spice or chilli flakes or mixed herbs.
- Fresh fruit with plain yoghurt. The yoghurt provides some protein as well as calcium.
- Mixed nuts – a quick, no fuss snack perfect for when you’re on the go.
- Mini tomato and cheese skewers – tomatoes contain antioxidants and the cheese is a creamy source of calcium and protein.
- Chicken skewers or mini meatballs – cook some extra chicken pieces or make a few extra meatballs and store overnight in the fridge. The following day, place a toothpick in each piece and serve along with a dipping sauce such as chutney.
- Buy small wraps and serve them with last night’s leftovers.
- Smoothies made with yoghurt, fruit and almond nibbles.