I guess there is no surprise in the fact that since we are stuck at home - some of you are still working from home or on furlough - the amount of snacks people consume has radically grown.
Based on a research, at the beginning of lockdown bad snacking has increased and chocolate consumption hit the record. We consumed more chocolate than at Christmas time in the last two years.
Thankfully, the media created a positive impact on people’s lives a few months into lockdown and motivated us to live a healthier lifestyle and get back to our normal habits as the coronavirus does affect mostly those who are in bad health.
Handmade Snacks Over Everything Else
There are millions of healthy, handmade recipes out there. What motivates you to get to the kitchen and try some of them out?
The statistics say that at the beginning of the pandemic the baking goods were up 49.3% but has it actually turned into a new routine that people will keep up with or was it only a temporary phase that helped them spend the extra time on their hands?
New home bakers say that they have not only implemented a new habit into their life but majority of them will continue to bake their breads and cookies at home. The healthy version of these recipes have been extremely popular on social media and many of them tried a new diet that was also gluten-free and vegan. Homemade gluten-free and vegan recipes are continuously increasing in the last 4-5 years so as ready-made products on the stores shelves as well.
Based on a personal experience, I can tell that experimenting with new healthy, homemade snack recipes I can not only decrease my stress level but I can also realise how much more I am able to deliver with only a few ingredients I find at home.
Keep The Right Ingredients At Home
The best thing you can do for yourself is to keep only healthy, natural ingredients at home. Remember, you don’t have to get rid of certain ingredients to make sure you bake something healthy, you only need to replace them with the right ones when you do your shopping.
Same thing when you choose to start baking gluten-free and vegan snacks. There are so many versions out there you can use to replace regular ingredients with natural, ‘free from’ items there’s nothing you have to 100% give up on.
Here is a small list of ingredients that you can start with testing at home:
Regular flour - wholemeal flour, gluten-free flour, oat flour, almond flour…
Eggs - aquafaba, flax eggs
Milk - almond milk, coconut milk, oat milk, cashew milk….
Butter - coconut oil, olive oil…
Sugar - erythritol, stevia, carob syrup, monk syrup, dates, banana, applesauce….