We’ve all been there – that moment when the hunger pangs strike as you are midway between two meals. The thing is, it’s only natural to need to top up your energy levels throughout the day. The trick is to ensure your snacks are tasty and healthy to help bridge the gap. Each should be contributing to your balanced diet, not taking away from it.
Need some ideas? Here’s ten to take on board:
Apple and peanut butter
Natural peanut butter is surprisingly good for you as a source of protein, fibre and healthy fats. Spread a little on a slice or two of apple to get a great healthy combination. Switch the apple for a pear or another fruit if you prefer.
Grapes and walnuts
Fruit and nuts can help deliver the snack you need to get you through a long day at the office, but which fruit and which nuts? We recommend grapes and walnuts for a great blend of natural sugars, healthy fats, protein and fibre. Throw some into a bowl when it’s snack time.
Pick a Greek yoghurt and you’re on to a fat free, protein packed treat. It’s also a great accompaniment for a little bit of fruit. Throw in a few blueberries and you’re laughing.
Mother Nature is giving all a big hint with the banana – it’s readily wrapped in an ideal portion size and is packed with potassium, vitamins and fibre to give you an energy boost whenever you need it.
Get the right popcorn – plain and air-filled is best – and you’ll enjoy a snack that is full of fibre to help tide you over until the next meal.
Freeze up your favourite fruit and throw your favourite combo in to a great tasting smoothie. You can use low fat yoghurt or almond milk, say, and throw in some flaxseed to bulk it out if necessary. Experiment to find your favourite combos. We can’t resist anything with blueberries in.
Fancy getting stuck in to a healthy spot of baking? You can build protein powders quite naturally into some tasty brownies and rustle up a whole batch of tasty snacks to last you a fair while. Our favourite recipes for this can be found here.
Crunchy veg can be a great snack, with carrots and celery being a suitably nutritious option. Pop a dollop of low-fat hummus on the end and you’ve got it made.
Can’t bear to eradicate chocolate from your diet? Then don’t. Dark chocolate – provided it’s got a pretty high cocoa content – is actually not bad for you and can help to reduce cholesterol.
A bag of crisps can contain quite of a bit of salt and fat so it’s best to search out an alternative to fill the void. Luckily there are plenty of good options on the market to cater for healthy snackers. Plantain, kale, parsnip and even seaweed ‘crisps’ replace the potato and can, in many cases, be tastier too. Try new varieties and prepare to be pleasantly surprised.