You can add a bit of zing to snack time, however, by making recipes that use mostly raw foods to create unique treats. In fact, you should gather a good list of “go to” snack recipes that put an emphasis on the superfoods of the live and raw food categories. By doing so, you guarantee that you can enjoy a regular array of high-protein nut and seed snacks, super nutritious fruit and veggie snacks, and even some pretty convincing “sweets” too.
For instance, you will eat three “square” meals each day. This is not enough to give you the number of calories required, nor will this supply you with the nutrition your body demands. Skipping meals can also have a negative impact on your body, and so you need to have a regular supply of healthy snacks on hand.
Now, a lot of people – even those of us who love whole food snacks – could get bored with seasonal fruits, prepared nuts, and the freshest vegetables. Rather than reaching for any sort of processed foods, however, you can just whip up a batch of snacks to put in the pantry and “peck away” at over the course of a week.
For instance, why not make “gorp”? This could be any blend of grains, nuts, dried fruits, and some carob candies. You might up the “treat” factor of this blend and combine it with oil and honey to create homemade granola treats or “cookies”. Many granola snacks can also be blended and formed into cookie and cake like snack bars too.
Of course, if you want a real boost of energy without a lot of standing around and chewing (and there are times when a ten to fifteen minute snack break is not possible), there is little to compare with smoothies and juices. Made from fresh fruits, vegetables, and other ingredients, they are like liquid vitamins when made properly. They are packed with enzymes and can be as sweet or savory as you desire.
There are also some alternative snacks that few consider and yet which can give a huge amount of nutrition. For instance, roasted nuts and beans with spicy or sweet blends of flavorings can really replace the “junk food” options like pretzels, chips, and seasoned nut mixtures. You would get that salty or sweet “fix” and yet avoid all of the artificial nonsense and unhealthy preservatives.
Remember, however, that all food begins with the raw ingredients, and if you skimp on quality here it is going to decrease the value of the foods and snacks you create. So, always use the freshest, healthiest, and organic foods you can find and afford. Your taste buds and your body will thank you!