Snacking can be beneficial to your health; it can help keep your metabolism and blood sugar in check, prevent over-eating at your next meal and fuel your workouts. A nutrient-dense snack of about 200 calories that’s high in fibre and protein and low in added sugar is ideal. Read on for our Top 5 Healthy Snacks that embody this rule of thumb!
1. Greek yogurt and berries
A personal favourite, Greek yogurt and berries, is fantastic if you’re craving a bit of sweetness without the guilt. High in satiating protein and bone-strengthening calcium, a pot of Greek yogurt comes in at less than 150 calories. Berries are also low in calories, yet high in fibre, vitamins and heart-healthy polyphenols. For a warming winter twist, why not try making a berry compote?
2. Trail mix
Trail mix is the perfect snack for when you’re out and about or short on time; either pre-mix your own or buy ready-made packets from a supermarket or health-food store. Dried fruits are high in fibre and contain natural sugars to give you a boost, whilst nuts and seeds provide healthy fats, protein as well as fibre to keep you feeling full until your next meal. An added benefit is that you now have more time on your hands!
3. Hummus & carrot sticks
Requiring minimal food prep, hummus and carrot sticks are great snacks for both adults and kids. Hummus is a fantastic source of plant-based protein, whilst carrots are high in fibre as well as beta-carotene; an antioxidant that’s important in keeping your immune system and vision healthy.
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4. Banana & peanut butter
For the perfect pre-workout snack, reach for a banana topped with a tablespoon of peanut butter. The banana will provide you with slow-release carbs and an impressive dose of potassium, and the nut butter with protein and healthy fats to keep you going through your sweat session. Heading to the gym straight from work? Pack a nut butter sachet with your banana for the ultimate in modern-day energy convenience!
5. Apple & cottage cheese
Love to mix sweet and savoury? Then apple and cottage cheese is your winner. Apples are high in fibre and provide natural sweetness, whilst cottage cheese is low in saturated fats and high in protein. Try thinly slicing the apple, adding a pinch of cinnamon and warming it for 5-10 minutes. Top with cottage cheese for a healthy snack that feels more like a decadent dessert.
Reaching for a healthy snack that’s high in protein and fibre whilst low in added sugar can keep your body functioning optimally and prevent you from over-eating later in the day. Therefore, next time hunger strikes resist the cookie jar and grab one of the above simple, cost-effective and highly nutritious snacks, you’ll feel great and soon enough, look amazing too! What healthy snacks do you enjoy? Tell us below, join in the conversation on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. (While you’re here, take a look at some of our other healthy-eating articles to help you Keep YOUR Fit ON!)