Healthy Snacks to Power You through the Day

Healthy Snacks to Power You through the Day

One of the reasons snacking is seen as ‘bad’ is because we’ve come to associate snacking with ‘snack foods’. These kinds of snacks don’t make you feel full and can cause a vicious circle of snacking by giving you a short burst of energy, followed by a slump where you feel hungry again. Stocking up on healthy snacks and having them on hand is the best way to avoid reaching for the junk. Full of healthy fats, protein and fibre, as well as vitamins and minerals, nuts should be your snacking staple. Snacking between meals is often seen as a bit of a no-no, but done right, snacking can actually be good for you. If you’re loving classics it will be not surprising that food such as carrots and hummus, apples and peanut butter, cheese and crackers, chips and salsa, and yogurt and granola have become quintessential snack combos. They’re so easy to put together. Even if these classic combos seem almost too intuitive, it’s good to remind ourselves of them so that we remember that we don’t always need to find the most innovative snack. Maybe you don’t have the time to put two separate things together, and you just need something you can grab a handful of. This is where snacks such as trail mix, dried fruit and protein bars come in. If you really feel like eating but aren’t even hungry, try opting for a piece of fruit or a serving of veggies, something relatively low-calorie that won’t fill you up. Maybe it’s overhyped on social media, and maybe you end up paying way too much for it at trendy cafes, but the power of toast can never be underestimated because there are so many possibilities. Try making some classic combos — avocado toast and peanut butter and banana toast never get old for us. For some less mainstream combos, try brie or another type of cheese with honey or jam. If you’re really feeling adventurous, make your toast on a sweet potato instead. Simply scrub the potato, cut it lengthwise into slices that are 1⁄3 to ¼-inch thick, throw those in the toaster and top them like you. When you have a one-hour or so, let your creativity shine through a little more and put some more effort into your snacks. Try making a smoothie with some unconventional ingredients, toss together a simple salad, try out these frozen Greek yogurt bars or throw together some refreshing spring rolls. Good snacking is therefore all about the snack choice. It means eating a small portion of something nutritious, preferably high in protein or fibre to make you feel full, and only snacking when you’re actually hungry. Of course, there’s also room for the occasional good quality choccy treat!