Period cravings are real and there’s no need to feel guilty about wanting to snack more during that time of the month. Instead of eating unhealthy snacks loaded with refined flour and sugar, we have a healthier approach to snacking.
Healthy snacking can help you not only to satisfy those wild cravings but also nourish your body. Here are some healthy snacks to enjoy during your period without the guilt:
- Cranberry & Oats Energy Balls
In a food processor, add 1/2 cup cashew butter, 5 Medjool dates, dried cranberries, rolled oats, 1 tsp fresh orange zest, 1 tsp vanilla extract, and 2 tbsp desiccated coconut. Mix the ingredients until it forms a coarse paste texture. Form into small balls in your hands and roll in desiccated coconut. Enjoy these energy balls as a healthy snack.
- Hummus & Veggies
There is no better way to amp up your nutrition intake during the days of your periods than to include more veggies in your diet. A great way to enjoy veggies is to dip them in homemade hummus. To make hummus, add cooked chickpeas, tahini, salt, cumin, olive oil, ice water, and blitz until smooth. Scoop the hummus into a bowl and enjoy it with celery sticks, carrots, and beetroot sticks. You can also enjoy hummus with a side of baked falafel
- Chocolate Banana Bread
To make this healthy banana bread, add 2 ripe bananas, 1/4 cup maple syrup, 1 egg, 1 tbsp chia seeds, 1/2 cup oats flour, 1/2 cup almond flour, 1 stick softened butter, 1/4 cup dark cacao powder in a large mixing bowl. Using a handheld mixture, mix the wet ingredients and slowly mix the flours. Prepare a parchment-lined baking loaf pan and preheat the oven at 180 C. Pour the batter and bake at 180 C for 30 minutes until a skewer comes out clean. Enjoy this healthy bread for toasts with a dash of cashew butter.
These are some sweet and savoury snack recipes to enjoy while during your periods. Next time you crave unhealthy processed snacks, enjoy these snacks instead!