When eating healthy, one thing that many people struggle with is snack ideas. You can go the whole day with healthy meal choices, but when 3pm rolls around, people often reach for something processed, and high in sugar. Preparation is key to eating healthy so it is important to always have some healthy and nutritious snacks on you to stop you from grabbing that unhealthy muffin or pastry when you’re on the go
Healthy snacking is a great way to combat hunger in between meals. Use snacking to your advantage and enjoy a variety of healthy foods to keep you going throughout the day. Choose foods that are high in fibre and protein to help regulate your blood sugar levels and leave you feeling full, for longer. Here are some healthy snack ideas:
Popcorn: Make your own popcorn by simply using popcorn kernels and coconut oil. Add the coconut oil and popcorn kernels to a large pot, cover and cook over medium-high heat until the kernels pop. Top with herbs, spices and salt. This is a healthier alternative to store bought popcorn, it is high in fibre and fills you up. Place some into a snap lock bag and take to work to snack on when you’re feeling peckish.
Avocado and baked Pita Bread: Avocado is packed full of healthy fats, protein, fibre and vitamins and they are in abundance in summer time. Mash some avocado to make a dip, grill some pita bread in the oven to make them crispy and serve as a healthy alternative to chips and dip.
Apple slices and nut butter: This is by the far the easiest snack to make, it is high protein and satisfies sweet cravings. Simple remove the core from the apple, slice the apple and layer with peanut or almond butter. Kids love these and they are easy to make at work.
Bliss balls: If you’re like me and have a sweet tooth, make a batch of bliss balls and keep them in the fridge. These are also great to take to work or carry a couple in your bag to have when you need to curb any sugar cravings. We have a recipe for nut free bliss balls and ferrero rocher truffle balls.
Kale Chips: Kale Chips are an easy way to increase vegetable intake. Toss chopped kale in olive oil or coconut oil and bake in the oven until they are crispy. Kale is rich in vitamin C, K and A and fibre. Add kale chips to wraps, salads, or eat by themselves.
Vegetable chips: Vegetable chips or fries are a great way to get kids or adults to eat more veggies. Cut vegetables to look like fries and roast them to bring out their natural sweetness. Snack on these instead of potato chips. Here is a recipe for carrot and parsnip fries.
Protein bars: It’s so easy to a muesli bar or protein bar in your bag on the way out the door, but pre-packaged bars are often loaded with extra sugar, sodium, and calories that your body would be much better without. Here is a simple recipe for peanut butter protein slice which is simple to make and great to regulate blood sugar levels throughout the day.
Banana Bread: Eating healthy doesn’t mean you have to give up your favourite foods. If you are like me and love cake, make a nourishing loaf of our banana bread. This is perfect for breakfast, dessert or a healthy snack. Make a loaf and keep it in your pantry to have for when you’re feeling peckish.
Vegetable quiche: These mini vegetable quiche have become a staple in my house and are perfect to keep in your fridge to enjoy for breakfast, lunch, as a snack or a side for dinner. I will throw in whatever I have in the fridge including mushroom, kale, feta, basil, salmon, sweet potato or carrot. They are extremely versatile, high in protein and will keep you feeling full.
Would love to hear recommendations of some other easy snacks. L x