By Gemma Needham
With so many different snack options available to us, unfortunately many come with a lot hidden processed sugars, high salt content and saturated fats. Snacking often involves us getting that quick fix while you get on with your busy day. The flip side, there are so many amazing healthy options available you can opt for that quick to prepare, delicious and nutritious - we just need to be smart about how we fuel our bodies.
Here are 9 healthy snacks that will take you literally less than 10 minutes to prepare when you are really craving that small bite of satisfaction:
1. A hard-boiled egg - eggs are a natural source of protein and leaves you satisfied for longer. Tip: Boil a handful of eggs and leave them in the fridge. When you need a snack, you can just reach into the fridge and voila!
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.
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 and avocado on whole grain bread or oatcakes - 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 curb hunger in between meals. Chickpeas provide 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.
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 full fat yoghurt as it keeps you full for longer and has no or less added sugar.
Be sure to exercise portion control and eat everything (including healthy snacks) in moderation.