The Ultimate Guide to Healthy Snacks 603x650

So what is a healthy snack? and what is a good portion size for a snack? Here are some of my favourites…

When we are hungry but not yet in need of a full meal – snacks come into play. Something to bridge the gap and fill the tummy until it’s time for something more substantial.

The problem is, many of the things people snack on are packed with sugar, salt and saturated fats like muffins, cereal bars, chippies and biscuits which really need to be considered as occasional treats rather than everyday options.

In my mind, a snack is a mini meal, an opportunity to get a boost of nutrition to keep you going and help you feel good, rather than being a whack of unhealthiness.

Here is a fantastic list of my favourite snacks:

Fresh fruit and ¼ cup of unsalted nuts or seeds
Fresh fruit with a slice of cheese, check out the delicious cheeses you could enjoy here
A real vegetable wrap spread with light cream cheese and rolled up – YUM
A peeled frozen banana – it is like ice-cream, but seriously good for you!
Mini health shake – blend a handful of frozen berries, 1 tbsp of vanilla or chocolate protein powder and 1 cup of chilled water or low fat milk
Green smoothie or juices. You can find some great recipes here
Unsweetened low fat yogurt with 1 tbsp of muesli or other breakfast cereal stirred through – this can also be a good ‘on the go’ snack if you have this in a small plastic container and use a chilly bag
Raw veggies box with a healthy dip such as hummus, veggie or yoghurt based dips rather than one based on cream cheese or sour cream
Smoked salmon on a wholegrain cracker with a slice of avocado
Edamame beans
A boiled egg
A cup of veggie soup
A handful of home popped corn, for more of a treat try these ones here
Chopped apple, pear or banana and 2 tbsp of cottage cheese
Wholegrain crackers with cottage cheese, tuna, salmon or hummus
Homemade ENERGY balls or a homemade cereal bar – check out my recipes here
Snack pack of sushi – go for brown rice if you can
Homemade snacking combos – dried fruit, nuts and seeds
Try these for starters:
3 Brazil nuts and 3 dried figs – a great dose of selenium and fibre
4 Walnuts + 2 Dried Apricots + 1 tbsp. of pumpkin seeds
6 Raw cashews + 1 tbsp. dried cranberries + 1 tbsp. pumpkin seeds
8-10 Almonds + 2 Figs + 1 tbsp. sunflower seeds
8 Almonds + 2 Brazils + 1 tbsp Goji berries + 1 tbsp Raw cocoa beans or cocoa nibs or a little 80% cocoa chocolate for a treat!

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Claire Turnbull6

Claire Turnbull

There is nothing better than a month focusing on getting healthy and supporting an amazing cause at the same time! In the 15 years I have worked in the health and wellness industry I have worked with a huge number of people who have had cancer and back in the UK, for a while I worked as a Dietitian as part of an Oncology team – and what an amazing team they were. There is some truly incredible work that goes on to support people with cancer and their families and long may it continue with initiatives like Junk Free Junk. GET involved and get raising some money! For great ideas, check out www.facebook.com/claireturnbullnz