I know I get a little peckish between meal times and I’m sure many of us do! I know I also end up snacking if I’m bored doing essays at uni, but snacking doesn’t always have to be unhealthy or something you might regret! I’ve made a list of some of the snacks I reach for if I want to satisfy that little bit of hunger. Or boredom…
Dried fruit is simply fruit with the water extracted. I find that, because of it’s natural sugar content, it satisfies my sweet tooth without having to reach for processed sugars. Be careful not to overeat on the dried fruit because of the amount of natural sugars however, but a handful is perfect! They tend to contain a lot of antioxidants and healthy nutrients as well.
I absolutely love coconut and anything that contains coconut! Coconut chips are perfect if you fancy something a little crispy with little calories, most of which come from healthy fats. Again, munch on these in moderation but I find they are a really satisfying alternative to crisps. Perhaps even have a mix of dried fruit and coconut chips!
Nuts are a great source of protein and essential healthy fats. They contain a lot of fibre and are a great snack if you are looking for something to really fill you up. Almonds are a great choice as they are rich in calcium and walnuts as well as they contain antioxidants. Another couple of my favourites are hazelnuts and cashew nuts, but remember to eat in moderation!
Of course, we all know that fruit is a very healthy snack. I love eating fruit as a snack because it is not too filling and tastes very fresh. It is high in nutrients, often contains antioxidants and very low in calories. Fruit is great to satisfy a sweet tooth like mine and I love to make fruit salads as my snack. Frozen fruit is also an alternative as the nutrients are locked in when frozen and tastes very refreshing on a hot day!
I have talked about the Deliciously Ella energy balls in a previous post about what I eat in a day. I love to treat myself to one of these if I am feeling a bit peckish and want something of substance. They contain natural ingredients and just 150-180 calories depending on the flavour, as well as being dairy and gluten free. My favourite is the hazelnut and raisin!
Vegetables and Hummus
If you fancy something a little more savoury, perhaps cut some sticks of vegetables. Carrots, pepper and celery make for great, low calorie snack and if you fancy a little something to go with it, try some low fat humus for a dip!
Of course it’s not always easy to ignore that sweet tooth and we all deserve a treat. Dark chocolate contains antioxidants and often a lot less sugar than milk chocolate. Maybe treat yourself to a few squares?
What snacks do you tend to reach for if you want to stay healthy?
Lots of love,