Healthy Snack Options – Ode2fitmas 6 – by Rachel

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If you are throwing a Christmas party or having friends round, keep the Calories down and the flavour up with these alternative snack options.

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Metcalfes Skinny Popcorn. One of my favourite snacks, light and super tasty, everyone loves popcorn right.  Suitable for film nights or party snacks it is a great alternative to traditional calorie laden crisps.  They have some great flavours, my favourites being sweet and salty, or cinnamon sweet.  A great one for Christmas.  They are stocked in most supermarkets so grab them now.

Pop Chips – Pop Chips are amazing, they were my go to snack on the morning of my wedding.  Nowhere near as greasy as other crisps they are not deep fried so contain around half the fat but are so tasty.  Healthier and lighter, you can eat the whole bag.  So when you want to put some crisps out go for Pop Chips!

Unsalted Cashews or Almonds – Nuts are a great snack to have available and these unsalted versions have some added nutritional value. Both Cashews and Almonds are great choices.  Cashews have a lower fat content than most nuts, whilst Almonds are one of the healthiest nuts options. Both are full of healthy fats and protein, perfect for a Christmas party spread.

Homemade

Vegetable Crudités and Dips (Avoid Cream Based Dips, go Mexican with Salsa and Gucamole).  Simple and straightforward this is a great addition to a party buffet.  Choose your favourite vegetables, mine are peppers, celery and carrots, cut into sticks and serve.

Homemade Nachos – I love nachos but packet versions are loaded with artificial additives and flavouring which ideally we want to avoid. This homemade simple recipe offers a great alternative.  Grab some tortilla wraps (each tortilla should make 8 nachos) and and spray with a couple of sprays of olive oil spray.  Cut the tortillas into quarters, and then each quarter in half to get 8 triangles.   Lay over a baking tray and sprinkle with your preferred spices. Paprika or chilli are my favourites.  Bake in a preheated oven around 180 degrees C for around 7 minutes.  They should be crisp and golden. Enjoy on their own or with dips.

Kale Crisps – Kale has more nutrients per calorie than anything, so is super good for you.  Whilst these crisp alternatives may never replace Kettle Chips they are a great crunchy, salty snack.  It doesn’t really matter which Kale variety you use but you definitely need to get rid of the stems.  Wash the Kale and make sure you dry the leaves well.  Add the kale to a bowl, add a tablespoon of oil and then add your seasoning.  Keep it simple with salt and chilli flakes or mix it up and try your own combination.  Spread out on a large baking tray and bake for around 30 minutes on a low heat.  (Around 120 degrees Celsius). Turn the oven off and use a spatula to remove them from the tray.  Check the seasoning and add a little more if needed. Serve them and enjoy!

I would love to know if you try any of these snacks or recipes. Comment below or tag me on social media @ode2fitness or using the hashtag #ode2fitmas

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