5 healthy winter snacks

Yes, you can indulge in comfort food without the guilt.

When it's cold outside, all you crave are things like hearty curries or warming stews, which inevitably makes it difficult to stick to your salad regime. 

Not to worry, Peta Shulman, Founder of health food subscription service, GoodnessMe Box, has shared five simple snacks that will warm you up this winter - and they're good for you, too.

Miso soup

"Super simple and super moreish. A cup of miso soup is easy to make, simply empty a sachet into boiling hot water, stir and drink. Miso soup is a traditional Japanese beverage of fermented brown rice, barley with wakame and sea vegetables.

"The health benefits of miso come from the fermentation process which supports good gut health, but also the various B vitamins as well as vitamin K, E and minerals such as iodine from the sea vegetables and folic acid."

Mug muffin

"If there are two things an office kitchen will have, it's mugs and a microwave. Mug muffin is as the name suggests a muffin in a mug, which can be made in less than five minutes.

"Use the following items, which are free from additives or artificial ingredients:

• 1 tsp coconut oil
• 1 free range egg
• 1/2 a medium ripe-very ripe banana
• 1 heaped tsp rice malt syrup
• 1/4 cup almond meal
• 1 tbsp desiccated coconut or coconut flour
• 1 tbsp cacao or cocoa
• 1/2 tsp gluten-free baking powder

1. Add the coconut oil to a mug; if it’s not already a liquid-consistency, microwave it on high for about 1 minute or until melted.
2. Add the egg to the mug and whisk well. Then add the banana and rice malt syrup and mix until well combined.
3. Add the dry ingredients to the mug and mix again.
4. Microwave on high for about 1.5 minutes, or until the top of the muffin is cooked through.
5. Place mug upside down on a plate; it should slide right out. Cut in half, thirds or quarters and allow to cool for a couple of minutes before devouring with your colleagues."

Frittata cups

"Make a habit each Sunday of making a batch of frittata cups which you can easily bring into work on the Monday. Not only are you getting an adequate serve of protein from the eggs but also some of your daily vegetable intake. Finely chop capsicum, onion, mushroom and a small dollop of feta on top of each. These can be heated up at work so that they’re a warming snack."

Hot chocolate

"Perfect as a winter warmer, make a mix of ginger, cayenne and cacao which are circulatory stimulates and naturally warming. Either purchase a pre-made mix or create your own at your closest bulk store. Mix this with a teaspoon of rice malt syrup and milk (or your favourite plant-based milk), this should be more satisfying and tie you over to the next meal."  

Banana and pecan loaf

"This can even be a delicious breakfast as well as a snack. This requires preparation on Sunday to set you up for the week.

"Using the following ingredients, mix and bake for 40-45 minutes and drizzle with some nut butter for added protein and taste:

• 3 large free range eggs
• 1 1/2 cups mashed overripe banana
• 1 tbsp macadamia nut oil
• 1 - 2 tbsp rice malt syrup or honey
• 1 cup macadamias + 1/2 cup macadamias, roughly chopped
• 1 cup almond meal
• 1 tsp baking powder
• 1 tsp cinnamon"

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