Sometimes the most simple snacks are often forgotton, and we find ourselves staring into the mayhem of the “health food isle” of the supermarket, bewildered by choice. When in reality, this food choice should be the easiest and simplest of your day. So here is my list of the top 10 snacks for adults (kids and athletes coming soon). This list is not exhaustive, but should provide you with some easy, healthy choices to make life a little easier. And no – you probably don’t need to pay $5 for that protein bar. Try these instead.
- Fresh fruit. As simple as it gets and readily available. Stick with 1-2 serves per day to keep blood sugar levels in check. You can even slice it up and drizzle with nut butter: bananas, apples and pears go great with almond butter, or peanut butter!
- A small handful of nuts or seeds: the raw or roasted variety. But avoid salted or sweetened. You can pick these up at bulk food stores, supermarkets, even the servo!
- Fresh veggies. Carrot, celery, capsicum and cucumber are great examples. Slice and eat. Or dip into homemade dips (see #4).
- Make your own hummus, pesto, guacamole or tzatziki. Enjoy 1-2 tbsp with veggie sticks or brown rice crackers. Don’t have time to make your own? Obela hummus and brown rice cracker snack pack can be found in most supermarket fridges, making them a great grab-and-go option.
- Chia pudding: make your own or find Chia Pod in the supermarket. Full of anti-inflammatory omega 3 fatty acids, these should keep you going until your next meal.
- Boiled eggs (2) with a pinch of salt and pepper. You can even buy these at many mini-supermarkets like those found in the CBD if you forgot to do it yourself.
- Plain greek or natural yoghurt. Great examples include Chobani, Danone and Jalna. They all have single serve (170-200g) tubs available making it very easy. Add some fresh fruit or nuts for extra flavour if you prefer. But avoid the flavoured yoghurt options.
- A piece of sourdough toast topped with ricotta, tomato and basil (or any combo you love that includes some veg or fruit). Or swap toast for brown rice cakes.
- Tin of tuna or salmon. Ideally with some veggie sticks as well.
- Dried nori (seaweed) sheets: great for an iodine boost.
If I’m really craving some chocolate or something: I’ll add 1 square of dark chocolate to my plate of sliced fruit and peanut butter. That way I’m getting a little without destroying my healthy day. If you want a piece of cake or a cookie, that’s ok too – just don’t have it every day! And if it’s cake – share it with a bestie. And enjoy it! The best diet is one of moderation, one that is enjoyable and sustainable. Just be honest with yourself on how frequent those treats are. If you stick with this list for 6/7 days, you’ll be on the right track to a healthier, more energised you!
Did I forget any brilliant snack ideas? Comment below with your suggestions.