Sirtfood Snacks

Are there any worthwhile Sirtfood snacks ?  Snacking feels like a word loaded with negative connotations, conjuring images of sugar-loaded confectionary or salt-laden savoury products. The food industry knows only too well our weakness for all things sweet, salty and high in fat, and conspires to ensure they are never far from eyeshot as we go about our daily lives, an ever-present temptation.

Even if you’re up for making a healthier choice, it’s far from clear-cut, when snacks marketed as ‘all natural’ or with ‘no added sugar’ can sometimes be as high in sugars as their junk food counterparts. The only difference being that the sugars occur within the naturally sweet ingredients they use rather than the act of adding sugar itself. Take a look at the label and you’ll soon see that there can be spectacular amounts of sugar hidden away in so-called healthy snacks in the form of honey, maple syrup, agave, dried fruits (but read on for more about dates later), and so on. The upshot is the same – it’s still a high sugar snack, just a whole lot more expensive.

As a result, snacks can often end up detracting from the nutritional quality of the diet, when they could actually be a chance to positively enhance it. So what should we be snacking on? Are they any Sirtfood snacks? There are a number of the top 20 Sirtfoods that can be used as the basis for healthy Sirtfood snacks.

Nuts have to be the archetypal nutritious snack food, loaded with ‘good’ unsaturated fats, plant protein, fibre, and a wealth of vitamins, minerals, and polyphenols. With credentials like that it’s no wonder that regularly eating nuts slashes the risk of heart disease. And in complete contrast to other high fat snacks, regularly eating nuts is linked to having a slimmer waistline, likely due to their powerful satiating effect. Walnuts, in particular are a powerful sirtuin-activating food and a nice Sirtfood snack.   Best of all nuts are handbag and office desk friendly.

Next in the snacking stakes, and the perfect partner to nuts, is dark chocolate (ideally with an 80-85% cocoa content). This is another top-20 Sirtfood. Cocoa contains powerful naturally occurring plant compounds, known as flavanols, which are now the subject of intensive scientific research for their health benefits, especially for cardiovascular health. In fact, combine a few squares of dark chocolate with a small handful of nuts and you have just about the most cardio-protective snack going. And just like nuts, this is a snack that will comfortably slot in a handbag or tuck

As part of the Sirtfood Diet these Dark Chocolate Bites are a firm family favourite as one of the nicest Sirtfood snacks. It combines a host of health promoting polyphenols into an indulgent treat. Whilst Medjool dates are naturally very high in sugar (a staggering 66%!), eaten in moderation they actually have no noticeable blood sugar raising effects and are actually linked to having less diabetes and heart disease, thanks to their exceptional polyphenol content. This makes them one of the healthiest options for conjuring up a sweet treat.

Dark Chocolate Bits Recipe-Sirtfood Snack

Makes 15–20 bites sirtfood snacks

120g walnuts

30g dark chocolate (85 per cent cocoa solids), broken into pieces; or cocoa nibs

250g Medjool dates, pitted

1 tbsp cocoa powder

1 tbsp ground turmeric

1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

the scraped seeds of 1 vanilla pod or 1 tsp vanilla extract

1–2 tbsp water

Place the walnuts and chocolate in a food processor and process until you have a fine powder.

Add all the other ingredients except the water and blend until the mixture forms a ball. You may or may not have to add the water depending on the consistency of the mixture – you don’t want it to be too sticky.

Using your hands, form the mixture into bite-sized balls and refrigerate in an airtight container for at least 1 hour before eating them. You could roll some of the balls in some more cocoa or desiccated coconut to achieve a different finish if you like. They will keep for up to 1 week in your fridge.

4 thoughts on “Sirtfood Snacks

  • June 8, 2017 at 8:39 pm
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    I live in a country where the supermarkets have a full isle dedicated to dates and each type is seasonal … So…

    I want to know if all dates are considered sirt foods or just medjdool?

    There are plenty that look very similar is size ,colour and consistency to medjdool. Are they SF as well ?

    Bearing in mind that here dates are seasonal, I cannot get medjdool all the time.

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    • June 12, 2017 at 4:00 am
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      Interesting thanks, Zain. Deglet Noir or Noor dates are the nearest equivalent to Medjool dates. Abbada and barhi are fairly close but not as high in the sirtuin-activating nutrients of Gallic and Caffeic Acids. Then almost any dates are reasonably ok in terms of their efficiency. Best wishes.

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  • June 22, 2017 at 6:05 pm
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    I cannot find plain buckwheat puffs or buckwheat flakes in my Boston suburban Whole Foods. Where can I get these products to make the muesli?

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