Delicious Lockdown Snacks, that are healthy too!

We all know that having the pantry and fridge within walking distance while working at home can be dangerous and many of us have been snacking a little more than usual.

Try these delicious and healthy snacks that the whole family can enjoy during lockdown.

  1. Cheesy Popcorn

When it’s not doused in artificial flavourings, popcorn can be a healthy snack. Easily up its protein content by dusting the kernels with surprisingly delicious nutritional yeast, the vegan, B-vitamin-packed answer to Parmesan cheese.

Just coat 3 cups air-popped popcorn with 3 tablespoons nutritional yeast and a sprinkle of salt.

  1. Snack Bites

No baking required, only four ingredients, portable, and it tastes like dessert? This is our kind of quick-fix treat!

Nut butter acts as the binder as well as the source of most of the protein in these bites, while oats and dark chocolate chips give them their cookie-like quality (and add some fiber and antioxidants).

Just combine 3 tablespoons chopped rolled oats, 2 tablespoons almond butter, 1 tablespoon dark chocolate chips, and 1/2 tablespoon honey. Wet your hands, roll ’em into bite-size balls, and refrigerate on a sheet of waxed paper for a few minutes.

  1. Perfect Parfait

Alternate layers of a 1/2 cup Greek yogurt with 2 tablespoons fruit (either fresh or frozen and thawed). Then drizzle honey and sprinkle 2 tablespoons of any crunchy cereal onto this protein- and probiotic-packed treat.

  1. Roasted Chickpeas

There’s so much more to chickpeas than hummus, and one of the tastiest ways to enjoy these fiber rich beans is also the simplest. Roast them with some basic seasonings for an extra-crunchy, nutty bite.

Preheat oven to 230°C. Toss 1 cup cooked chickpeas with 1 tablespoon olive oil and a pinch of salt. Then sprinkle with cayenne pepper to taste. Roast on a lightly greased sheet pan for 30 to 40 minutes.

Let cool, then transfer to a zipper-lock bag or small container so you can pop a handful when you feel snack time coming on.

  1. Homemade Chia Pod

This one requires some planning since it needs to be chilled for at least 4 hours, but we promise the effort is minimal and the wait well worth it. Mix it right in a portable container, and it’ll be ready for grab-and-go. Soak 2 tablespoons chia seeds in 1/2 cup almond milk blended with 1/2 tablespoon honey. Chill for 4 hours or overnight.

  1. Nut Butter Boats

Any vehicle for nut butter is perfection in our book. Try loading a few celery sticks with a serving of any nut butter. topped with a few whole almonds or raisins. If you’re not a fan of celery, try scooping out the middle of an apple and filling it with your nut butter of choice.