What you eat in between meals can matter more than you think. When hunger strikes, it can be tempting to sneak a little treat in here or there. After all, a small biscuit or piece of chocolate doesn’t amount to much on its own, right? However, small treats can add up over time and are rarely enough to stave off hunger until your next meal. Choosing a healthier snack (something that is both satisfying and nutritious) will go a long way to helping you achieve your health and fitness goals. Here are our tips and tricks to choosing healthy snacks as well as a few ideas to get you going.

 

Tips for Choosing the Healthy Snacks:

 

  • Choose snacks from a variety of different food groups, such as diary, fruit, protein and vegetables.

 

  • Go for snacks that will keep you fuller for longer. Foods high in protein and fibre are ideal. Avoid foods high in sugar or simple carbohydrates as these are often digested much faster.

 

  • Keep healthy foods on display (for example, keep a fruit bowl on the kitchen bench) and hide unhealthy treats at the back of a cupboard.

 

  • Go for as many vegetables as possible. The Australian Dietary Guidelines recommend that we eat around five serves of vegetables per day. Fitting all five serves into your meals can be difficult, so snacking on vegetables can help you reach your daily quota.

 

  • If you struggle with self-control, don’t bring unhealthy snacks into the house in the first place. If you buy a packet of chips to keep in the pantry for when guests come around, chances are you will end up eating them.

 

  • Watch your portion sizes. Snacks should be a stepping stone to your next meal and not a meal in itself. If you have trouble, go for pre-portioned snacks like small bag of nuts or a single piece of fruit.

 

Snack Ideas:

Here are a couple of our favourite snacks:

 

  • A piece of fruit
  • Sliced cucumber, carrot or snow peas dipped in hummus
  • Greek yogurt with berries
  • Asparagus and hard boiled eggs
  • Fresh vegetables. If you’re looking for a new way to eat your vegetables, why not try Merridy’s Veggie Wraps.
  • Vita wheat biscuits with peanut butter and banana.
  • Homemade smoothies
  • Stuffed mushrooms (try briefly microwaving the mushroom caps until soft and stuff them with homemade pesto, cottage cheese and sliced ham).
  • Deli wraps (spread a layer of ricotta over sliced turkey or ham, add your favourite vegetables and then roll up).
  • Unsalted nuts and seeds

We’d also love to hear what healthy snacks you enjoy. If you have got a particular favourite, let us know in the comment section below.