Living a clean healthy lifestyle is easy to understand once you know the basics, but it can sometimes go a bit wrong when it comes to snacking. Old habits creep in and, let’s be honest, it’s so much easier to reach for that bag of crisps than to prepare a healthy snack.

No matter how healthy your meals are though, if you throw all of your hard work away on unhealthy snacks then you are only making your weight loss journey even more difficult.

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Here are some easy and delicious guilt-free snack ideas to keep you on track:

1. Raw carrots, celery and peanut butter

carrots-celery-peanut-butterThis is my personal favourite. Admittedly, it sounds a little odd, but try it…you’ll see why I love it. It’s ridiculously simple to make and takes barely any time at all, so there’s no excuse to go rummaging through the cupboard for unhealthy snacks.

Peel and chop some raw carrots, then dip them into a small pot of peanut butter…and enjoy!

If peanut butter isn’t your thing, try swapping it for hummus, or check out my recipe for creamy garlic avocado dip. Both of these options are healthy and delicious!

2. Nuts

almondsThe best nuts to reach for as a snack are almonds because they’re packed full of fibre, protein and healthy fats, or walnuts because they also contain plenty of protein and fibre, as well as omega-3 . Cashew nuts are also great because they’re filled with essential minerals: magnesium, phosphorus and zinc.

3. Greek yoghurt with berries

greek-yoghurt-with-berriesGreek yoghurt is full of nutritional benefits and, just by adding some berries to it, you can make the perfect snack. High in protein and yet it tastes like you are having a treat.

If you want to make it even tastier try adding some honey and even some chopped nuts.

4. Cottage cheese with avocado

cottage-cheese-avocadoAvocado baked eggs is a delicious lunch, but for something involving avocado that takes a lot less time, try removing the pit from half an avocado and filling the space with cottage cheese. You’ll get a high protein and high fibre snack that tastes great!

5. Frozen fruit lollipops

blueberries-frozen-fruit-lolliesRather than buying sugar-filled lollies for the summer, make your own by simply freezing fruit juices in ice lolly moulds. If you find they need a little sweetening (because we are all used to manufacturers adding sugar to most things) add some honey. They’re delicious and great to have in the freezer throughout the summer.

6. Raisins

raisins-shaped-like-a-heartRaisins may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you fancy a snack but they’re great because they can satisfy your sweet-tooth, so will help to eliminate any sugar cravings.

7. Hard boiled eggs

hard-boiled-eggsYes, this is quite plain but I keep a few (already hard boiled) eggs in the fridge ready for if I fancy a snack and they do the trick…plus they’re obviously full of protein, which is a bonus!

8. Fruit kebab

fruit-kebabsThis is really easy to make but looks (and tastes) delicious. Simply chop some fruit and push it onto either cocktail sticks for small kebabs, or kebab sticks for larger ones. These are particularly good for encouraging your children to eat more fruit.

9. Apple bagel

apple-with-peanut-butterThis is something a little different; you remove the core from an apple and cut it in half, then use it like a bagel, spreading peanut butter (and a little honey if desired) on it. A healthy alternative to a bagel, which actually tastes really good. Alternatively, you could cut the apple into chunks and enjoy bitesize pieces of apple and peanut butter.

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