Nutritionists Name Their Go-To Healthy Sweet Snacks
It's fair to say that three thirty-itis is responsible for a fair few of us falling off the "clean eating" bandwagon. It's not too tricky prepping a healthy breakfast, and good lunch options can usually be found. The hard part for many is actively avoiding the call of the office vending machine come Treat O'Clock.
The Huffington Post Australia obviously knows the hunger pangs associated with snack cravings because they grilled two nutritionists on the best afternoon options to help you stay on track. Surprisingly, the resulting hit list is more exciting than you'd think—even hot chocolate made the cut! (A healthy, refined sugar-free version, but still.) Interested? Keep scrolling for 3 sweet afternoon treats the pro approve of.
Jacqueline Alwill, nutritionist and director of The Brown Paper Bag, rates this caramel-like combo as a solid afternoon pick-me-up. "Dates are a beautiful source of iron and fibre and provide a sweet kick (without the refined sugars), whilst the almond butter has a nutty, creamy texture and is a lovely source of plant based amino acids and essential fats." To prepare, simply top two pitted fresh medjool dates with two teaspoons of almond butter. So easy you can do it at your desk.
Lyndi Polivnick, dietician and director of The Nude Nutritionist names this icy treat as something she reaches for when the sweet cravings hit. She says: "Make a delicious 'nice-cream' by blending your favourite [frozen] fruits until they are a 'soft serve'. While you can't really make this one in advance, it's certainly a winner on weekends when the lure of sugary ice blocks is great.
Alwill also recommends sipping on dairy- and refined-sugar free hot chocolate instead of coffee. "I’ll make mine on the stove top with either coconut milk or almond milk, raw cacao powder, vanilla and sweeten it with rice malt syrup or a touch of honey, whichever is on hand." If you don't work from home, make it the morning of and tote to the office in a flask ($40). You'll be the envy of your co-workers.