LOW-KILOJOULE WORK SNACKS
Are you tempted by the office biscuit jar at 3pm? Try our healthy homemade snacks
1 Spiced fruit slices
Preheat oven to 100ºC. Cut 2 apples and 2 pears into ¼–½cm slices and place on lined baking trays. Sprinkle with lemon juice, mixed spice and cinnamon. Cook the fruit slices for 3–4 hours, turning every hour, until they are dried out. Cool; store slices in a sealed container. Serves 4.
Per serve: 517kJ (124cal), 0.7g protein, 0.5g fat, 0.0g sat fat, 22.1g carbs, 21.9g sugar, 6.6g fibre, 2mg sodium
2 Apricot & almond bliss balls
Blitz 1 cup dried apricots, 1 cup dried figs and 1 cup raw almonds in a food processor until they form a sticky mixture. Stir in 2 tablespoons chia seeds. Wet hands; roll mixture into 18 balls. Store in a sealed container in the fridge until ready to eat.
Per ball: 424kJ (101cal), 2.6g protein, 4.4g fat, 0.3g sat fat, 11.3g carbs, 10.7g sugar, 3.6g fibre, 9mg sodium
3 Popcorn & nut trail mix
Preheat oven to 190ºC and line two trays with baking paper. Toss 4 cups plain popcorn with 1 cup mixed unsalted nuts and 2 teaspoons smoked paprika. Transfer to baking trays and spray with olive oil. Bake for 15 minutes, or until golden. Cool; store in jars.
Per ½ cup: 604kJ (145cal), 3.8g protein, 12.2g fat, 1.3g sat fat, 4.4g carbs, 0.8g sugar, 2.0g fibre, 2mg sodium
4 Blueberry jar smoothie
Fill a clean, small lidded jar with 200ml reduced-fat milk or almond milk, ½ cup blueberries, 2 teaspoons maple syrup and 2 teaspoons chopped almonds. Store jar in the fridge; shake to mix before serving. Serves 1.
Per serve: 823kJ (197cal), 9.0g protein, 5.3g fat, 1.9g sat fat, 27.5g carbs, 27.0g sugar, 1.8g fibre, 76mg sodium