The idea of eating a snack may seem simple, but it can actually be a lot of work.
With an average of six to eight snack items to choose from each week, and a host of options for adding more, a healthy snack can add up quickly.
For example, a pack of apple-pie chips might cost you about $5.50, but with an air fryer, a whole bag of them can be worth $10.00.
In fact, it’s easy to get caught up in the idea of having a snack, and forget that the snacks themselves are actually good for you.
While the idea is tempting, there are actually a lot more things you can do to make your snacks more enjoyable.
Here’s a look at seven ways to add flavour to your snack, so you can have the most enjoyable snacks on your plate.1.
Add an afterthought to your food with a dessert item: There are a number of things you could do to add a bit more flavour to a snack.
Some snack options can also include an aftertaste like chocolate or sweet cream.
If you’re not a fan of desserts, then you can also make a simple salad dressing using almond milk, olive oil and lemon juice.
Alternatively, if you’re looking for something to fill the void left by a snack that isn’t a dessert, try adding in some fresh fruit, such as apples or pears.2.
Keep a list of snacks to make an ‘in the go’ snack list: If you have a regular grocery list, then having a list to go back to on a whim will be a great way to make sure you have enough snacks in your fridge and freezer for an upcoming week.
If your list is small, then keeping track of the different snacks you have is also a great idea.
For instance, a small bag of chips can easily be packed into a smaller bag for easy access.3.
Use a non-dairy-free and gluten-free snack: If a snack doesn’t have any dairy, it is a good idea to try making one yourself.
Many manufacturers have released gluten-containing products that have been proven to be a safe, healthy and easy-to-make snack.
If a gluten-Free product is not on your list, try making a gluten free version of your favourite snack.4.
Add a sweetener to your snacks: Add a splash of sweetener like maple syrup, agave nectar or honey to your favourite snacks to add more flavour.5.
Add flavour to food by adding flavour to it: Adding a splash or two of vanilla extract to a cup of coffee, or adding a splash to a chocolate bar, will also add a hint of sweetness to your next snack.6.
Add some sweeteners to your meals: Adding sugar to your meal is a great addition to any snack, as it will help to make it taste a little sweeter and will help you to feel full afterwards.7.
Use your favourite ingredient in your snacks for a healthy and fun snack: Whether it’s a delicious snack or a tasty dessert, making your favourite ingredients healthy is a fantastic way to enjoy a tasty snack without the effort of buying the ingredients yourself.
Find more ways to enjoy your snacks in our guide to the best snacks for kids.
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