A Guide To Snacking…

December 7th, 2013 by

Healthy-Snacks-List-1You can plan and prepare your meals to create super healthy eats, but a few impulsive snacks along the day could sabotage all good intentions without you even realising it…

The principle to remember and follow when it comes to snack-time is that composition is key – you require protein and vegetable/fruit and perhaps some complex carbohydrate to strike the perfect balance, and keep you going until your next meal, which is the very definition of a snack.

To take any hard work out of it, here are some great snack option ideas:

  1. Simply fruit and nuts: Blueberries and almonds; Dried apricots and Brazil nuts; a banana and walnuts; an apple and cashews. Nuts are a great source of protein to help keep your blood sugar levels steady – they also contain a generous helping of vitamins and minerals. Almonds are packed with vitamin E, Brazils are rich in selenium and walnuts are full of magnesium. Eating fruit alongside adds an alkaline balance to the snack to keep your pH levels favourable.
  2. Celery with cottage cheese and seeds: Fill a couple of celery sticks with (full fat) cottage cheese or hummus and sprinkle with whichever seeds you fancy. Pumpkin seeds are rich in zinc and sesame seeds contain calcium and magnesium.
  3. Get some pure nut butter from your local health store – such as almond or walnut butter and dip vegetables into it, like carrots, celery, cucumber, pears or peppers. Alternatively a couple of corn crackers are good for spreading, but sprinkle some berries or slice a banana on top.
  4. … Or take your nut butter and find some pitted prunes or apricots. Stuff them with a tsp of nut butter and you’ll be hooked on this healthy snack! Limit your dried fruit to 3 pieces as it is very high fibre which is good but too much can aggravate the digestive tract.
  5. Chop up an apple and dip it in a couple of tablespoons of hummus. Perfect for those who relish a sweet and savoury sensation.
  6. A small tub of Greek yoghurt (full fat) and a handful of berries. Think blueberries, raspberries, blackberries and strawberries – mix it up. Berries are the perfect snack as they are a relatively low-sugar fruit, but contain heaps of antioxidants, minerals and fibre.
  7. Keep some cold cooked chicken or fish in the fridge and have a few chunks with a handful of watercress and hummus
  8. A small handful of olives with a few chunks of feta cheese and sundried tomatoes. Olives contain essential fats which are great for the skin, brain and eyes.
  9. A cooked beetroot with a few chunks of feta cheese or mozzarella. Beetroot is absolutely packed with nutrients – from iron, to beta carotene, and is a perfect pre-workout snack, as its components help dilate blood vessels and increase stamina.
  10. A small pot of cottage cheese with a handful of berries or dried apricots stirred in – another surprisingly delicious idea for those with a liking of sweet-savoury culinary combinations.

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