Blog Post - News, Views and Tips
It’s mid morning, breakfast seems like an age ago and you’re feeling peckish, but it’s still too early to do lunch… so you grab the nearest most convenient snack to satisfy your hunger. It all sounds so familiar, so easy, and yet all too often that ready to hand food is either high in sugar or high in fat. Neither of which is going to help your diet or fuel your body correctly, and in most cases simply ends up increasing your snack cravings.
I’m frequently asked by my clients to suggest healthier options for snacks, as most of us seem to find it difficult to deny our urge to munch on something. So, here is a list of a few things which should satisfy your immediate hunger pangs and do some good without doing too much damage to your daily calorie count.
1. Any piece of fruit – One step closer to your 5-a-day fruit and veg target.
2. A small bowl (and I mean small) of bran flakes and skimmed or semi-skimmed milk – Slow release carbs plus fibre.
3. Handful of mixed nuts and seeds. Try brazil nuts, walnuts, cashew or pine nuts, pumpkin, sesame or sunflower seeds – Stuffed full of essential minerals and antioxidants.
4. One boiled or scrambled egg – Great source of Vitamins A, B2, B12 and D.
5. A cup of tea or coffee, with no sugar (or if you must sweeten it, try using Agave nectar or Stevia) – Surprisingly effective way to reduce those urges.
6. Olives and carrot batons – Combination high in monounsaturated fat, Vitamin A and phytonutrients.
7. Raw broccoli dipped in low fat houmous (or hummus) – Great for nibbling on and high in iron, Vitamins C and B6, and fibre.
8. Two wholemeal crackers, Melba toast or Ryvita with reduced fat soft or cottage cheese – Carbs and fibre, but with a low GI due to the cheese.
9. A Granola bar – Oats, nuts, fruit and honey, all in one great tasting chewy snack, yummy.
10. Bounce Ball – One of my favourites, packed with protein keeping you fuller for longer. Great post-workout fuel!
All of these things should be easy enough to find and use on a daily basis, so start swapping those doughnuts, chocolate bars and packs of crisps for something more worthwhile.