As a busy Support Worker, we know your time is very precious. It can be difficult to find the time to prepare and plan nutritious meals to help you get through your busy day. But managing your own health and dietary needs is crucial if you are to deliver a high level of care and service to participants and customers.
Finding the time to prepare tasty and health snacks can seem daunting, but a little bit of preparation goes a long way! We’ve found a super simple recipe that anyone can whip up in just 15 minutes. It’s easily transportable and will keep well in foil or Tupperware. If you are working or travelling in hot weather, you may like to bring a small cooler bag to keep your snacks fresh.
Sweet tooth? Try this amazing sugar-free banana bread
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 1 hour and 10 minutes
4 very ripe bananas
1/2 cup olive oil
1/4 cup milk
1 tsp Ground Cinnamon
2 cups wholemeal flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp Bicarbonate Soda
Optional: handful of roughly chopped walnuts
Preheat the oven to 160C or 140C fan-force. Grease and line an 11.5cm x 22cm (base measurements) loaf pan with baking paper.
Mash bananas in a large bowl with a fork until smooth. Add eggs, oil and milk and stir until combined. Sift flours, cinnamon, baking powder, bicarbonate and salt over banana mixture (tip in the flour kernels). If you’re using walnuts, add those now as well. Stir until combined.
Spoon into prepared pan and level top with a spatula. Bake for 1 hour 10 minutes or until a skewer inserted in centre comes out clean. Stand in pan for 5 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.
Other easy snack ideas for support workers
When you are constantly on the go, having a supply of quick and easy snacks is the best way of ensuring you are getting the energy you need. Here’s some more great snack options that are healthy, easy and inexpensive.
• Tins of tuna and crackers
• Unsalted nuts and dried fruit – create your own trail mix!
• Hummus or cottage cheese with carrot sticks (and/ or crackers)
Have you got more healthy snack ideas? We would love to hear from you!