Healthy Snacks – You’ll want to eat!

When it comes to food prepping, and planning for the week, I’ve got into rhythm when it comes to the main meals of the day, but when it comes to snacking it is still a bit hit and miss.  I know that there are healthy snacks out there, that are quick and easy to prepare, but I still find myself under prepared at times and reaching for a quick sugar hit usually in the form of Jelly Beans.

Here’s a few quick and healthy snacks to keep hunger at bay and leave you feeling satisfied.

1. Peanut Butter and Banana Snaps

I never used to be a big fan of peanut butter, but after being reintroduced to it by my husbands love of it, it has become a cupboard staple, one of my favourite ways to eat it is spread on two thin rice cakes and topped with a sliced banana.

2. Houmous and carrots

My go to snack, when I’ve prepped it in advance that is!  For a tasty homemade treat try my recipe here.  Perfect to dip carrots, peppers, celery or cucumber to name a few.

3. Boiled Egg

The humble boiled egg again one to prep in advance, I always tend to keep a few in the fridge for when I need a quick protein based snack.  Once refrigerated eat within a week*.

4. Fruit

So versatile and so much choice, but sometimes fruit does have a bad rep for high sugar content, however they are a fantastic source of vitamins and minerals and of course count towards your 5 a day.  Either grab a banana or apple on the go, or add a handful of berries to a small yogurt for a sweet snack fix.

5. Small handful of nuts

A handful of nuts provides a good source of plant based protein but be mindful of your portions as the natural fat content in nuts is quite high.  Stick to a 30g portion to avoid them becoming an unhealthy snack.

6. Chicken bites

One of my favourite protein based savoury snacks.  I tend to dice a chicken breast and marinate in dry spices such as a tandooi mix  or cumin and paprika.  Then oven bake, without oil until cooked through.  Then once cooled pop in the fridge for a mid afternoon snack again be mindful of portions, try and stick to around a 50g portion.

7.  Marmite

Love it or hate it Marmite is a great source of B Vitamins including B12** which can be difficult for vegetarians especially to get enough of, as it is mainly found in meat, fish and dairy products.  Another bonus is that it also contains virtually no fat, I love to spread a layer of it on rice crackers, for a moreish treat.

8. Ryvita 

I love a Ryvita or similar alternative crispbread, for a crunchy treat.  Topped with something sweet or savoury it is a quick and lighter alternative to toast.  I like mine topped with Philadelphia and cracked black pepper.

9. Grab and Go

Realistically it is not always easy to prep in advance and have a healthy snack on hand at all times. So if you find yourself reaching for a snack when your out and about, my top tip is:

Look at the nutritional content and try and keep your snack to below 150 calories, and if it’s got traffic light labelling Go for Green or as green as possible!

These are just a few off my favourite snacks, what do you snack on to get through the day?

Sources:* https://www.livestrong.com/article/520934-how-long-can-hard-boiled-eggs-be-left-unrefrigerated/** https://www.marmite.co.uk/nutrition-information

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