Far too often we turn to cookies, a bag of potato chips or a deceivingly high sugar-filled, low-fat yogurt for our mid-afternoon. Our snacking habits have become a hidden health hazard for many – with too many calories, sugar, sodium and fat being consumed. Worst of all, these snacks don’t keep you full for long and add little to no nutritional value to our diets.
So, what are some healthier snacking options? These are just a few of my go-to options depending on wether I need a sweet-hit or something to tide me over until my next meal. My rule? aim for high protein, high fibre snacks (as it will keep you fuller for longer vs carbohydrates) with 50 – 200 calories in total.
- Kiwi Fruit – lower sugar vs most other fruits.
- Sunflower and Pumpkin Seeds – high in protein and good fats.
- Apple slices with nut butter – seriously filling and so tasty.
- Coconut water – sometimes filling up with liquids does the job, plus, coconut water hits the sweet spot.
- Boiled eggs – I boil a few at the beginning of the week and keep them in my fridge for a quick on the go bite.
- Edamame – I buy them frozen, defrost in the microwave. Can be served hot or cold, season with salt (I use pink himalayan).
- Kale Chips – store bought or homemade, they’re a great snack.
- Stevia Dark Chocolate – Because every girl needs her chocolate fix.
- Emma and Toms raw life bars.
- Protein bar – the rule is to look for bars with 200 calories or less with a minimum of 10 grams of protein.
- Almonds – preferably activated.
- Rice Cracker with Low fat cottage cheese topped with homemade mixed berry chia jam.