Healthy Diet Plan Summer 2016 – healthy snacks & sweet treats

    Delicious and nutritious recipes for satisfying snacks and wholesome sweet treats to complement our Summer Healthy Diet Plan

    Healthy Diet Plan Summer 2016 – healthy snacks & sweet treats

    What are the benefits of the Healthy Diet Plan?

    As with all of our diet plans, we keep clear of processed foods and pack our recipes with healthy fats, lean protein and slow-release carbs. Each day comes in at approximately 1,500kcal and delivers more than five of your five-a-day. As a result you can expect to cut back on added sugar, lose excess pounds, increase energy, stabilise moods, improve digestion and boost your immunity.

    Getting started...

    To get the most from our plan, it's worth making small, gradual changes the week before. This will prepare your body for the shift to eating less sugar and more whole, unprocessed foods. Add a few extra plant-based recipes to your weekly menu and start to reduce your caffeine and sugar intake, as well as refined foods such as white bread, pasta and rice. Doing so will reduce your risk of experiencing side effects, such as headaches and fatigue, in the early stages of the plan.

    What to drink...

    Herbal teas and filtered water are your best options. If you can’t kick the caffeine, one daily cup of coffee, black or green tea isn’t the end of the world. Avoid decaffeinated versions, as most are processed with chemicals. We suggest you steer clear of alcohol for seven days too.

    Suggested snacks...

    Try eating leftover fruit and veg to minimise waste and save money. Nuts and seeds are also good choices, while homemade kale crisps, nut butters and veg dips will satisfy cravings. Get a sweet fix with Greek yogurt topped with unprocessed honey, dried fruit and desiccated coconut, or try raw cacao if you can’t manage without chocolate.

    Savoury snacks
    Spicy roast chickpeas
    Avocado with tamari & ginger dressing
    Toasted cumin flatbreads
    Chinese spiced seed mix
    Spiced chilli popcorn
    Beetroot patties
    Dukkah-crusted squash wedges
    Quick gazpacho
    Baked eggs with spinach and tomato
    Curried turkey lettuce wraps

    Sweet treats
    Cinnamon cashew spread with apple slices
    Instant berry banana slush
    Spiced apple crisps
    Dried fruit nuggets
    Raw coconut truffles

    Better-for-you bakes
    Oaty hazelnut cookies
    Baked almond banana & blueberry cheesecake 

    Please email any questions about the recipes to and we'll do our best to help.

    All health content from BBC Good Food is provided for general information only, and should not be treated as a substitute for the medical advice of your own doctor or any other health care professional. Any healthy diet plan featured by BBC Good Food is provided as a suggestion of a general balanced diet and should not be relied upon to meet specific dietary requirements. If you have any concerns about your general health, you should contact your local health care provider.

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    31st May, 2016
    How many calories are assigned for snacks per day, or it it purely just the three meals per day amounting to the 1,500 cals?
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    30th Jun, 2016
    Thanks for your question, the three meals a day in the plan equal 1500kcal. We've included these healthy snacks so those doing additional exercise or who require more energy can top up their calories.Many thanks,The Good Food team  
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