Eating three healthy main meals full of nutrients is a great habit to stick to. However, something we might forget about are the small meals in between; our snacks. They are a great way to curb hunger cravings and help with alertness in those afternoon slumps. Eating three healthy meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner is fantastic, but if your snacks are high in calories, sugars or fats, it might be putting a stop to your weight loss or health goals. The most important thing to remember about healthy snacks is that they should still maintain their smaller portion size in order to avoid grazing or continuous eating between meals.
Stuck for some healthy snack food ideas? Here are a few good ideas for on-the-go snack ideas, for you and the family.
- Dip and vegetable sticks or crackers
Dips such as hummus and tzatziki are a great satiating (feeling full) snack. Making your own dips at the start of the week is a fantastic way to meal prep (however, most supermarkets have smaller snack tubs, or you can buy a tub and divide it out for your day). Chopping up veggie sticks such as carrots, capsicum and celery is a great option to increase your fibre and micronutrient intake. If you prefer crackers, stick to plain rice crackers instead of biscuits with higher levels of saturated fats or oils.
Plain Greek yoghurt is a great snack full of protein. Adding berries or a serving (30g) of unsalted nuts can curb hunger between your main meals. If you’re looking at healthier options, aim for a plain Greek or natural yoghurt. Some flavoured yoghurts are much higher in added sugars.
- Smoothie or juice
Smoothies are a great snack on the go, full of all the nutrients from any fruit and vegetables you want! Be wary of store-bought smoothies or juices, they can lack fibre and have huge quantities of added sugar. A quick and easy smoothie recipe is below:
½ cup of mixed berries
A large tablespoon natural yoghurt
Pinch of cinnamon, vanilla essence (if desired)
A few ice cubes
Blitz, adding water or milk until desired consistency is reached.
- Boiled eggs
An easy, high-protein and simple snack idea is to boil 6-8 eggs at the start of your working week, and store in the fridge until you’re ready to peel and eat one!
- A piece of fruit
Plain and simple, and super easy. Grabbing a banana, apple or mandarin and having it in your bag is a great go-to snack on the run, refrigeration not required. Aim for two serves of fruit a day.