Snacking throughout the day does not need to be branded as the bad part of eating. If you are the type of person who gets a little peckish in between meal times then some nutritious and energy boosting snacks might be just what you need. Focus on snacks that are lighter in calories, or high in protein, so that you stay fuller for longer.
1). Pre-chopped veg
From cool cucumber slices to celery and carrot batons, pre-chopped vegetables are the best way to get your 5 a day in without much effort, plus veggies are low in calories and high in nutrients. If you like to meal prep, chopped veggies are a great way to save time as you can put some aside for later meals or for snack time. Pair these with hummus or sprinkle with sea salt to satisfy your savory cravings.
Protein is the best snack as it keeps you fuller for longer, helps maintain muscle tissue, and is often not very high in calories. Go for proteins like eggs, pieces of cold meat (like chicken or ham), yogurts, protein shakes or even a protein bar to keep you going. I always try to eat whole food proteins as my first option, but having a shake or a bar when you’re pinched on time is an easy way to boost your daily protein intake.
3). Fruit, fruit, fruit
Snacking on fruit is another great source of nutrients with a sweet kick. Fruit is a vital part of healthy digestion and is full of vitamins and minerals. Some fruits are higher in sugar, so be mindful of snacking on larger portions of fruits such as grapes and mango. Low sugar fruits like blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, melon, and so on. These are all great with yogurt for a slightly more filling and protein-rich snack.
4). Snack a Jack attack
Snack-a-Jack or similar rice/corn snacks are another great savory satisfier and can even be switched with crunchier Ryvita options if preferred. Add a few slices of protein sources like chicken, salmon, ham, Quorn, and a dollop of Philadelphia cream cheese to create a quick snack that ticks all the boxes.
5). Low calorie sweet treats
My favourite late afternoon snack is a piece or two of dark chocolate which is full of theobromine, which is like caffeine’s cousin, so it’s a natural pick me up. Post dinner dessert is best served cold in our house and I LOVE Oppo ice-cream, as it hits the after dinner sugar craving without the calories.
Oppo ice cream have a wide range of low-calorie products but honestly, you would not even realise that they are any different to your favourite Häagen-Dazs or Ben & Jerry’s. Their creamy and delicious range around 200 calories per half a tub and are high in protein too. Double win.
My top tip is to pair a scoop or two of Oppo ice cream or yogurt with a mini meringue and a sprinkle of berries for a seriously delicious treat without the guilt! 😋