By Amanda Clement
Hunger can strike at any time of the day. Depending on how active you are or what you ate for breakfast or lunch, your body may be calling for a little more sustenance throughout the day. There are so many different snack options out there but sadly many come with a hidden mix of processed sugars, high salt content and saturated fats.
However, there are also some amazing healthy options available that are so delicious. Here are 9 healthy snacks that will take you less than 6 minutes to prepare:
1. A hard-boiled egg - eggs are a natural source of protein and leaves you satisfied for longer.
2. Tuna cucumber bites - Tuna is naturally low in saturated fat and is an excellent source of protein. Cucumber is low in calories, keeps you hydrated and aids in weight loss. Tip: Opt for tuna in spring water as opposed to olive oil or brine.
3. Unsalted popcorn - This is a great low-calorie snack which provides your body with fibre and antioxidants. It’s a great alternative to crisps and tastes great with a bit of cinnamon sprinkled on top.
4. A handful of trail mix - Combine your favourite raw nuts and seeds for a satisfying and nutritious snack that’s full of healthy oils. It’s a great energy booster for those afternoon slumps.
5. Celery sticks with peanut butter and sultanas - this is a great combination to satisfy your hunger. Celery hydrates your body and provides a great source of dietary fibre, Peanut butter is full of protein and potassium, and is a great healthy fat, and sultanas provide a great source of energy. Tip: Opt for the low sugar and salt peanut butter
6. Ricotta, basil and avocado on oatcakes (sprinkle with trail mix) - Ricotta is a great source of protein and calcium, while avocados are loaded with potassium and fibre which all supports a healthy heart and proper digestion.
7. Hummus dip with raw vegetables - This is a great snack to combat hunger in between meals. Chickpeas are a great source of protein and contain a number of essential vitamins and minerals. Pair it with fresh capsicum, carrot, snow peas, beans, broccoli, or any other veggies you have lying around. Tip: This is a great one to prepare in advance. Also make your own hummus and freeze in small batches.
8. Seaweed sheets- Seaweed is a great low-calorie snack and another great substitute to crisps. It’s also a great source of protein and vitamin C.
9. Greek yoghurt and mixed berries - Greek yoghurt is a great source of calcium and protein and is a great post-workout snack. Pair it with fresh berries (or fruit of your choice) and enjoy. Tip: choose yoghurt that contains reduced or zero sugar
10. Grape and ricotta bites (inspired by Carrotsticks and Cravings)
Be sure to exercise portion control and eat everything (including healthy snacks) in moderation. And of course keep hydrated with at least 2-3 litres of water every single day. Sometimes we mistake hunger for dehydration, so drink first, then decide if you need to eat. Reduce your sugar intake and mix your nutritious diet with plenty of exercise. You’ll soon be buzzing with energy.