Planning to move to a healthier lifestyle means making some changes to your diet – and while it can be helpful to plan out meals, having some healthy snacks can make the change much more easier.
Read on for 7 tasty, guilt-free and quick snack ideas that you can enjoy at work, on the go, or whenever you’re feeling peckish!
1. Homemade trail mix
Trail mixes are a great snack to have on hand, with an excellent mix of highly nutritious ingredients including nuts, seeds and dried fruit. While you can find many ready made trail mixes in stores, they will often contain hidden sweeteners and unhealthier ingredients. Instead, make your own mix combining your favourite nuts and seeds for crunch, a handful of dried fruits for natural sweetness, and a sprinkling of chocolate chips for an extra treat!
2. Dark chocolate
Contrary to what you might think, chocolate can be a healthy snack! Try dark chocolate versions – with at least 70% cocoa solids. These will often contain less sugar than regular chocolate bars, and also have a higher concentration of cocoa, giving you more of a feel-good buzz from a smaller serving.
3. Roasted chick peas
For a crunchy and savoury snack to enjoy at home, try making up a batch of roasted chickpeas. Toss drained tinned chickpeas with a little oil and your favourite flavourings – try Mediterranean herbs, chilli and lemon juice, or ground spices – and roast on a low heat in the oven, until golden and crisp. Chickpeas are also a great source of fibre and protein, making this a perfect post workout snack.
If you’re heading to the cinema, make your own popcorn for a healthier movie experience! Try lightly salted air-popped corn, or sprinkle cooked pop corn with your favourite sweetener.
5. Greek yoghurt
Packed with protein, Greek yoghurt is a fast and filling snack, perfect when you’re busy and need to stave off hunger. Try the creamy yoghurt on its own, or top with a drizzle of honey or fresh fruit.
6. Home made energy balls
Energy balls are a great snack to have on hand after a workout, or to give you an extra burst of energy during a busy day. Best of all, they’re easy to make. Simply combine dried fruits, nuts and seeds in a food processor, and shape into balls. Try experimenting with different combinations!
7. Kale crisps
Need to eat more greens in your diet but can’t quite stomach green smoothies? Kale crisps are a surprisingly tempting and moreish snack, and a great way of sneaking in extra fibre and nutrients into your diet. Toss fresh kale with olive oil and flavourings – try sea salt and ground pepper, or peanut, honey and chilli flakes for a sweet and spicy twist. Cook in a baking tray in a warm oven until crispy, and store in an air tight container.
What are your favourite healthy snacks to have on the go?