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When recovering from an eating disorder it is really important to try and eat a balanced diet. Sometimes the thought of three big meals is to much or it may lead to a binge thus having smaller meals with regular snacks can be a really good way of keeping the good eating habits going.

Below is a selection of sweet and savoury snacks that are all healthy and will help you have a balanced diet.

Fruit Salad:
Chop up a range of fruit and put in a bowl add a fruit juice of your choice to give it the liquid and put in the fridge. When you want a snack help yourself!

Chop up a range of savoury items - carrots, cucumbers, tomatoes, pitta bread etc. Put in the fridge if you have a dip such as hoummos, taramslata, salsa etc. you have a yummy healthy snack that can be different depending on what is available at that moment in time.

Flapjacks are a really yummy good source of energy the oats make them really nutritious and because of the syrup they will satisfy anybodies sweet tooth!

  • 200g unsalted butter
  • 200g demerara sugar
  • 200g honey
  • 400g porridge oats
  • 50g nuts, dried fruits or glacé ginger, chopped or desiccated coconut (optional)
  1. You will also need a 20cm x 30cm (8in x 12in) cake tin, greased
  2. Put the butter, sugar and honey into a saucepan, stirring occasionally, until the butter has melted and the sugar has dissolved. Add the oats and if you are using nuts, fruit, ginger or coconut, mix well.
  3. Transfer the oat mixture to the prepared cake tin and spread to about 2cm thick. Smooth the surface with the back of a spoon. Bake in a preheated oven at 180C/350F/Gas 4 for 15-20 minutes, until lightly golden around the edges, but still slightly soft in the middle. Let cool in the tin, then turn out and cut into squares.

Cornflake cakes

One of my favourite things as a child was cornflake/ricecrispies cakes. They were so simple to make and were a fab treat depending on what you use cereal and chocolate wise they can be very healthy. 

Break up your chocolate (White, Milk or Dark) depending on what you prefer and put into a bowl. Put the bowl into a saucepan filled with boiling water and stir the chocolate till it is all melted. (This may take slightly longer then bunging it into a saucepan but chocolate burns easily and this way helps prevent it being destroyed) Add cereal - rice crispies, cornflakes, branflakes, cheerios etc. - to the bowl and stir trying not to crush the cereal. 

Spoon the mixture into cupcake cases, leave to cool before putting into the fridge whilst waiting for it to harden. Eat and enjoy

Cereal Bars:

There are numerous options on the market some of which are pretty repulsive and highly expensive - other choices are much better.

If you have the time and energy to make your own the effort is so worth while searching the web will bring up a number of cereal bars and here are some links: BBC food page

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