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Top 10 Unprocessed Snacks

What could be better than snacks to help us maintain our energy throughout the day? Although the food industry offers several products that can easily slip in your lunchbox, these products often contain more fat/sugar/salt than we need. So here are a few unprocessed (or almost) snack ideas!

  1. Brighten up your day with 1 or 2 homemade cookies, and a glass of milk! For a healthy version of your traditional recipes, substitute half of the fat with a pureed banana, fruit compote, or yogurt!
  1. Mix 1 or 2 tablespoons of homemade granola (recipe idea here) and berries with Greek yogurt! This way, you will control the quantity of added fat and sugar.
  1. Cook some milk-based treats, such as blancmange, tapioca, or homemade pudding, and garnish with raspberries or blueberries. Perfect as a post-workout snack, or simply as a homemade dessert!
  1. Bake tortilla wedges that were previously coated with a touch of oil, chili powder, crushed pepper flakes, powdered onion and/or garlic, etc. All you have to do is dip them in hummus, accompanied with celery and carrot sticks!
  1. Cut your favourite vegetables, and use them as snacks with cottage or ricotta cheese and a few pieces of pita bread!
  1. Prepare in advance a homemade fruit salad to which you will add 1 to 2 tablespoons of unsalted nuts or seeds!
  1. Bake your favourite muffins for a handy, filling snack! Store-bought muffins often contain more fat, sugar, and calories than donuts! In addition, homemade muffins can easily be preserved in the freezer, just like banana bread!
  1. And why not homemade pop-corn?  Buy plain corn kernels which you will pop in a brown paper bag using a microwave. Add chili powder and lime juice, or even a pinch of salt just for the show! Serve with nuts for a more filling snack.
  1. Prepare your own fruit compote when fruits are in season! Make enough to store in the freezer and enjoy for the rest of the year! Serve with a piece of light cheese for a complete snack!
  1. Spread goat cheese on one half of a bagel or 2 plain rice cakes! You can add a few slices of pears, and a few raisins to complete! Vary the flavour of cheese you use to avoid routine!

So that’s it, a few ideas simply to change your routine! And you, what are your favourite homemade snacks?

By Caroline Proulx, P. Dt.

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Caroline Proulx

Holder of a bachelor’s degree in nutrition from McGill University, and member of the Ordre Professionnel des Diététistes du Québec, Caroline has been working as a nutritionist for Nautilus Plus since January 2013. A seasoned marathon runner with a passion for cooking, she also animates conferences and motivation groups about nutrition! “As I have not always been a keen athlete, I am very proud of having completed a marathon, and also of preparing the next ones! For me, nutrition is not only the key to optimal performance, but also a medicine in itself. Therefore, my objective is to encourage people to change their habits if they need to and motivate them to never give up, but first and foremost, make them realize that eating healthy is a pleasure that we are lucky to enjoy three times a day!”


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