GALLERY: Healthier winter comfort snacks

WE know there’s nothing quite as delicious as fat-sugar-and-carb-filled comfort food during winter (or any time of the year, for that matter), but we do know that is not a good option for those who are watching their weight or trying to follow a healthy lifestyle. Here are five healthier snack options to get you through your snacky days.

RADISHES AND PEANUT BUTTER: Use mild cherry belle radishes (those tiny, softer, red ones) and whip some all-natural peanut butter together with unsalted butter in a 1:1 ratio. Dip the radishes in this mix and garnish with a little bit of coarse sea salt. Enjoy a flavoursome snack! (Image: www.marthastewart.com)

REINVENTED PB & J: Spread all-natural (no added sugar, salt or oil) peanut or almond butter on wholegrain bread or apple slices. Sweeten it with a drizzle of honey or slices of strawberry. Don’t use too much bread, peanut butter or honey as it’s still quite high in calories. (Image: www.mariamarlowe.com)

SALT AND VINEGAR BABY MARROW CHIPS: Slice some baby marrows into very thin rounds (as thin as possible). Mix some oil and vinegar together, drizzle this over the rounds and mix it well in a bowl. Spread the slices apart onto an oven pan and sprinkle with course sea salt. Grill it in the oven on medium heat until the rounds are crispy. (Image: www.sugarfreemom.com)

FRUITY COMFORT SMOOTHIE: Blend together a cup of fat free or low fat milk, half a cup of strawberries, a banana, a teaspoon of cacao powder, a tablespoon of peanut butter and a cup of crushed ice in a smoothie maker. Enjoy the creamy, fruity goodness. (Image: www.recipetips.com)

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