Healthy Diet Plan – snacks & sweet treats

    Discover delicious and nutritious recipes for satisfying snacks and wholesome sweet treats to enjoy alongside our Healthy Diet Plans.

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    Discover our favourite nutritious snacks to fit into a healthy, balanced diet. They're the perfect addition to our January 2020 Healthy Diet Plan, which is packed with recipes to help you kick-start your healthiest year yet. Sign up to receive a seven-day menu of brand-new, triple-tested, cost-conscious recipes that deliver an optimum balance of nutrients each day, plus a handy shopping list so you can buy everything you need in one supermarket trip.

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    What are the benefits of the Healthy Diet Plan?

    All our Healthy Diet Plans are:

    • Packed with whole, unprocessed ingredients
    • Nutritionally balanced
    • Calorie-counted to no more than 1,500 kcals per day
    • Designed to provide five of your five-a-day or more
    • Full of healthy fats, lean proteins and slow-release carbohydrates
    • Easy to follow while minimising waste

    Find out more about our latest Healthy Diet Plan.

    How many calories should I eat each day?

    The calories you need on a daily basis vary depending on your age, height, weight, sex and activity levels. There are numerous calculators you can use online to determine your optimum calorie intake but we’ve based our daily menu plans on no more than 1,500 calories. For the average female who is moderately active, this should generate a shortfall, allowing for steady and controlled weight loss. If you find that you need more energy or are happy with your weight, you can supplement the daily menu plans with our suggested healthy snacks.

    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.

    Our snack & sweet treat recipes

    A plate with cinnamon cashew spread and apple slices

    Cinnamon cashew spread with apple slices
    This quick vegan snack needs only five ingredients and is a great way to combine one of your five-a-day with some healthy, satisfying fats.

    Half an avocado filled with tamari, ginger and lemon dressing

    Avocado with tamari & ginger dressing
    Add a splash of flavour to creamy avocado with a ginger, tamari and lemon dressing for a deliciously savoury snack.

    A baking tray filled with spicy roast chickpeas

    Spicy roast chickpeas
    This moreish vegan snack is flavoured with smoked paprika, cumin and coriander. It's healthy and gluten-free, too.

    A glass filled with a quick fruity berry slush, with a spoon balanced on top

    Instant berry banana slush
    This low-fat iced treat is bursting with flavour. Sling all your ingredients into a blender and blitz for a refreshing snack in minutes.

    Three oaty cookies on a plate

    Oaty hazelnut cookies
    We've swapped refined sugar for apple and maple syrup in these healthier cookies, which come out soft and slightly chewy.

    A cheesecake topped with blueberries on a serving plate

    Baked almond, banana & blueberry cheesecake
    Our clever cheesecake combines ricotta and yogurt for a creamy, rich texture that's still lower in fat. It's sweetened naturally with fruits and maple syrup, for a more wholesome treat.

    Crunchy lettuce leaf cups with a healthy Coronation chicken filling

    Curried turkey lettuce wraps
    Use up leftover cooked chicken or turkey in this tasty snack, combining all the flavours of coronation chicken with the crisp crunch of lettuce leaves.

    Two pots filled with yogurt, berries and mint as a healthy snack

    Berry yogurt pots
    A portion of fruit with seeds or nuts and bio yogurt makes an easy yet filling morning or afternoon snack. It's ready in under five minutes and it's low-calorie, gluten-free and provides one of your five-a-day.

    A bowl filled with almonds, raisins and popcorn

    Almond, raisin & popcorn trail mix
    Keep this in an airtight container and grab a handful when you're peckish. This snack takes less than 10 minutes to make and it's low in calories, providing you stick to the recommended portion size.

    Avocado and strawberry ices frozen in cups

    Avocado & strawberry ices
    Creamy avocado, full of healthy fat, replaces the dairy in these little frozen pots, while balsamic vinegar really brings out the flavour of the strawberries. It takes just five minutes to prep and pop in the freezer, and it's vegan, low-calorie and gluten-free – plus it provides vitamin C and one of your five-a-day.

    Halved dates stuffed with walnuts and sprinkled with cinnamon

    Date & walnut cinnamon bites
    Discover tasty little mouthfuls that also work as an after-dinner treat if you have friends round. With just three ingredients, this vegan and gluten-free snack is an easy way to eat one of your five-a-day.

    A plate of cheese cubes, frozen grapes and celery

    Iced grapes with cheddar cubes & celery
    Iced grapes are a bit like eating little fruit lollies and, just like on a cheeseboard, the flavour combines really well with strong cheese and celery. We love that this simple snack idea is low-calorie, gluten-free and counts as one of your five-a-day.

    A bowl filled with frozen orange lollies made from fresh oranges

    Fresh orange lollies
    Use whole orange, rather than just the juice, along with fresh pear in our lollies – and if you don't mind a bit of texture, you can leave the skins on the pears. These are low-fat, low-calorie, gluten-free and rich in vitamin C. They also provide one of your five-a-day.

    Three halves of eggs filled with a basil and olive stuffing on a plate

    Basil & olive eggs
    Eggs are a great, protein-rich base to make a filling snack. We've stuffed them with basil and Kalamata olives to add a flavour hit to this low-calorie, vegetarian snack.

    A wedge of watermelon with feta cheese and torn mint leaves

    Melon with mint & feta
    Combine the flavours of watermelon, feta and mint in a refreshing summer snack. This is also a great low-calorie starter if you have friends round.

    A bottle of bright green cucumber, apple and spinach juice with some poured into a glass

    Cucumber, apple & spinach juice
    This refreshing, vibrant green juice is delicious at any time of day, packed full of all-natural ingredients including cucumber, celery and lime. Enjoy it neat or dilute it with coconut water if you prefer.

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    How should I prepare for the Healthy Diet Plan?

    If this is a new way of eating for you, our nutritionist, Kerry Torrens, suggests you begin by introducing some of the recipes a day or two before starting the full seven days. This will allow your digestive system time to adapt to the more fibre-rich foods we’ve included. It's worth also starting to reduce your caffeine and sugar intake in the week leading up to the diet plan, 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 can I drink on the Healthy Diet Plan?

    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.

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    18th Jan, 2018
    Looks a bit light on iron and calcium to me - can you analyse this?
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    11th May, 2018
    Hi there. The recipes on this page are optional snacks to eat alongside the main meals in our free, week-long Healthy Diet Plans, which you can read more about and sign up to here: The main meals in our Healthy Diet Plans have been designed to be nutritionally balanced and provide a range of nutrients including iron and calcium.
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