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Healthy snacks

Nothing beats a fridge raid for a sneaky snack. When the craving strikes, it’s easy to reach for junk food. However, if you’ve got a pantry full of good stuff, you can whip yourself up a delicious snack that’s actually healthy. We’ve kept all these recipes super simple and vegetarian, because nothing says healthy like getting your daily five serves of veggies and two of fruit.

Fruits of the forest yoghurt compote

Nothing beats ice cream, right? Wrong. This does, because it’s delicious and healthy. Put half a cup of frozen mixed berries into a saucepan, stirring on a medium heat until the berries soften, then cool. Top with layers of natural yoghurt (not the sugary kind), more berries and sprinkle with flaked almonds. Frozen fruit lasts for ages and is usually pretty affordable, so it’s better for you and your wallet!

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Pesto toast topper

Mix chopped tomato, onion and ricotta or cottage cheese, and then spoon onto toast that’s been spread with pesto (the fresh-from-the-jar kind). Bellissimo! If you find yourself stuck without ingredients, a quick internet search can provide some great substitutes.

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Who doesn’t love a bit of guac? Mash two ripe avocados with tomato, garlic, lemon and enjoy with your favourite wholegrain cracker or veggie sticks.

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Chocolate banana boat

If you have a sweet tooth, this recipe is an absolute winner. Slit the skin of a banana along one side but don’t cut all the way through the banana. Stuff it with chocolate buttons (not too many!) and nuts, then wrap in foil and bake for 15 minutes at 200ºC. Serve the banana in its skin, the split side up and drizzled with natural yoghurt. 

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Savoury tomato toast

Heat 400g of canned tomatoes in a saucepan for five minutes on medium heat. Stir in a cup of breadcrumbs, half a cup of grated cheese, dried basil and pepper, and simmer for two minutes. Serve on toast.

Canned and dried foods last for ages and you can also keep your cheese in the freezer to stretch its life span. Keeping these staples on hand will mean you can whip this up at no extra cost and it’s always an easy go-to.

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Quick veggie pizza

Fry up some onion and capsicum strips (hot tip: you can buy both pre-chopped and frozen and they’re just as healthy) in olive oil for about 10 minutes, then add some mushies for another two minutes. In a bowl, mix a can of crushed tomatoes with herbs and spread on a pita bread, sprinkle with parmesan and then put the fried vegetables on top. Bake for 10 minutes, then serve with more parmesan, oregano and sweet paprika, then cut it into slices.

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