The holiday season can be the perfect storm for bad eating, especially if you’re travelling. You’re under stress, surrounded by tempting, unhealthy treats and often tired and cranky from fighting crowds. But things are looking up— as far as convenience foods go, loads of stores have improved their healthy offerings so you don’t have to look hard to find satisfying, healthy snacks to enjoy when the cravings hit. Whether you’re hitting or staying in check out a few of my favourite healthy snacks to enjoy this holiday season.
1. Superfood Shake Chocolate Boost
Packed with the power of five superfoods, this delicious Superfood smoothie mix is the perfect way to get more nutrient density into your diet and keep hunger pangs at bay. A concentrated and potent blend of Lucuma, Mesquite, Raw Cacao, Hemp Seeds, Maca, Taheebo, and Cinnamon this shake is perfect for a quick, light breakfast or as a snack when you need something healthy to satisfy your sweet tooth. It’s my go-to breakfast when I’ve got a busy day ahead and is also a great after-dinner dessert treat. You only need 2 tablespoons of this powder to make a yummy treat. I usually blend my shake with 250ml of water, 1 medium-sized banana, and a teaspoon of Stevia to sweeten it up a bit. You can also add a teaspoon or raw honey if that’s more to your taste.
Find it at Wellness Warehouse at R155 for 200g.
2. Sonko Superfoods Cakes – Millet & Chia
Ditch unhealthy crackers and reach for these crunchy superfood cakes from Sonka instead. These thin, delicate millet cakes with added chia seeds can be enjoyed with a wide range of toppings, including avocado, peanut butter, cottage cheese, and so much more. Besides being a great snack option, the cakes are also a wonderful source of protein as well as iron and zinc and they have high magnesium and chromium contents. I like to enjoy mine with a generous dollop of avocado, a few slice of tomato, and a sprinkling of ground black pepper.
Find it at Wellness Warehouse at R17 for a 30g snack pack.
3. Native Raw Honey Chocolate Almonds
These chocolate-covered Almonds are an irresistible sweet and nutty snack. Almonds are high in magnesium and rich in dietary fibre, monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats (‘good fats’) which potentially lower LDL cholesterol. These crunchy treats are refined sugar-free and are coated with bittersweet cocoa and sweetened with honey and xylitol. Not only will they go a long way to satisfying your sweet tooth when you’re on the go but they will also help to obtain your daily dose of calcium, vitamin E and antioxidants at the same time. They are great to eat on their own as a snack or sprinkled over cereal or yoghurt in the morning. There also loads of other chocolate covered nut varieties in the range so try them all until you find the one you love!
Find it at Wellness Warehouse at R70 for 100g.
4. Happy Culture Cucumber & Mint Kombucha
In this refreshing drink, cooling cucumber is beautifully paired with fresh mint for a healthy drink that not only tastes great but also helps keep your gut health at optimum levels. This raw green tea kombucha is blended with blueberry juice, cold pressed cucumber, and cold-pressed mint and is the perfect thirst quencher on a hot summer’s day. Enjoy it ice cold on its own or, for a naughty sunset twist, add a shot of botanical gin and enjoy with ice and a sprig of mint.
Find it at Wellness Warehouse at R30 for 340ml.
5. Superfoods Dark and Decadent Chocolate
If you love dark chocolate then this Superfoods raw, fine, dark and decadent chocolate bar is a must-try. The bar is made from 73% dark raw cacao and is sweetened with coconut sugar. It’s the perfect anytime snack on its own but can also be used to make an amazing healthy hot chocolate drink. Just melt 2x blocks of the chocolate in a glass of warmed regular or nut milk.
Find it at Wellness Warehouse at R52 for a 50g bar.
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After years of working as an Editor and writer for popular websites like Joburg’s Darling, Cape Town’s Darling and Joburg.co.za, Crystal left her sanity and an established career in lifestyle journalism behind to follow her dream of creating a website for the intellectual and discerning woman. Today she spends her time chasing the thrill of being the first to know about ‘the next big thing’. She’ll try anything once and has been known to put her body, hair and health on the line – all in the name of research.