Healthy Snack Ideas
You don't have to give up your snacks in order to stay healthy. In fact, small healthy snacks can help you avoid that 'too hungry' feeling that can lead to less healthy choices at meal times!
Homemade Trail Mix
Do I have to make my own trail mix? You may protest. Well, it’s up to you, but store bought trail mix can be loaded with unhealthy additives like sugar, salt, processed oil and preservatives. But the real danger is thinking it’s good for you, making you to eat more of these ingredients than you should. Plus, trail mix is easy to make and you can add all of your favorite ingredients instead of picking out every single raisin yourself.
Easy Homemade Trail Mix:
- Dark chocolate chips
- Sunflower seeds
Pro tip: Add some homemade popcorn for a trail mix that is deliciously salty and sweet.
Sometimes when fruit seems too difficult to prep, it can deter us from reaping all their benefits. So choose fruits that are easily packable instead, like bananas, apples or oranges as this will help you eat more of them on the go. On the other hand, if you feel like getting creative, you can always make a big fruit salad and pack it in Tupperware containers for easy access throughout the week.
Pro tip: Want to eat even more fruit? Pick up some healthy dried fruit at the grocery store, like dates, dried mango, apricots and prunes.
Hard boiled eggs
This one can be a tough sell but if you’re willing to bare the mild embarrassment of someone at the office proclaiming, ‘what’s that smell?’ than hard boiled eggs can be a great snack choice. High in protein and super easy to prepare, they’ll fill you up and give you energy when you need it most.
Pro tip: Pack some hard boiled eggs for days when you head to the gym after work. They’ll give you the energy to complete a solid training session and you can eat them outside, on the way.
I know what you’re thinking. Should vegetables be considered a snack? Yes, they should, and they don't have to be boring to do so. Adding a bit of fun to your veggie snack can make a big difference when your main goal should be to eat more vegetables.
Vegetable Snack Ideas:
- Cucumber, tomato and feta cheese bites
- Raw carrots and broccoli with hummus or greek yogurt dip
- Celery and peanut butter
- Sugar snap peas
Kale Chips & Popcorn
These two require very little prep and can go a long way. Homemade popcorn is an easy and delicious filler and kale chips are superfood snack that you won’t mind eating a lot of!
How-To Make Kale Chips:
- Wash, dry and finely chop kale into bite sized pieces
- Put kale pieces into a pan lined with parchment paper
- Drizzle kale with olive oil and a pinch of salt
- Bake for 15-20 min at 180 degrees celsius
Pro tip: You can add all sorts of spices and flavoring to your kale chips or homemade popcorn. Add cumin, paprika or garlic salt to kale chips or add coconut oil and cinnamon to homemade popcorn.