6 Healthy Alternatives to your Favourite Treats

Chips, chocolate, ice-cream, biscuits —let’s be honest, nothing ever measures up to the taste of the real thing… until now maybe.

Here are 6 tried and tested better-for-you alternative snacks/treats that will trick your taste buds into thinking they’re the real thing.

If you’re craving Doritos and dip:

Swap it for: Roasted vegetable or fruit chips.

To satisfy those sweet cravings, baked banana chips or apple chips are amazing here or if you’re looking for a saltier alternative, why not try parsnips, carrots or indeed beetroot. Peel and slice into 1/8-inch-thick pieces. Toss well with 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Sprinkle some cinnamon over the fruit or a ½ teaspoon of salt over the veg’s, then bake at 375°F for 30 minutes. Dry the chips on paper towels and they are ready to be served. The vegetable chips can be paired with ¾ cup of salsa verde.

Serves 4; 240 calories per serving.

If you’re craving Ice-Cream:

Swap it for: Mint-banana “nice cream”.

Thaw 2 frozen bananas for 5 minutes, then place in a food processor with 1½ teaspoons of pure vanilla extract and 1/8 teaspoon of pure peppermint extract. Blend until creamy. Add 1 ounce of finely chopped dark chocolate and pulse. If desired, add a scoop of unsweetened cocoa powder.

Serves 2; about 290 calories per cup.

Another alternative here would be home-made Froyo.

If you’re craving Chips:

Swap them for: Oven-baked Sweet potato or parsnip and carrot thins.

Slice 4 sweet potatoes/Carrots or Parsnips, into 18 thin pieces each. Toss with 2 tablespoons of olive oil and 1½ teaspoon of vinegar, then sprinkle with garlic powder, paprika, cayenne, and a pinch of sea salt. Bake at 475°F for 30 minutes.

Serves 4; 190 calories per 18 fries.

If you’re craving Chocolate Chip Cookies:

Swap it for: Chick Pea Chocolate Chip Cookies

Blend a can of chickpeas, 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract, 2 spoons of melted coconut oil, ½ tablespoon of baking powder, 2 spoons of sweetener in a blender. Add in ¾ cup of dark chocolate chips and mix gently with fingers. Place on a baking tray and in the oven for 18-20 minutes at 200degrees.

Makes 16 cookies.

If you’re craving Nachos:

Swap them for: Homemade Middle Eastern nachos

Bake 2 pitta breads in the oven for 5-7 minutes, until crispy. Break into little pieces and top with ½ cup diced tomatoes, cucumber, and red onion, plus fresh parsley, a sprinkle of feta and a dollop of hummus.

Serves 1; 330 calories per serving.

If you’re craving Jelly Sweets:

Swap for: Frozen Fruit

Freeze grapes, blueberries, raspberries, mango pieces, pineapple, banana.. Anything goes here. And the amazing thing here is that most can already be bought frozen, minimising the wait time.

Happy snacking xx

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