For some people, snacking can be their biggest downfall. Don’t waste all of your hard work on poor snack choices.
Here are some of my top 5 healthy snacks:
1. Carrot sticks and hummus
One of my favourite snacks! Hummus is great because it is full of nutrients with no cholesterol and limited fats. It is also high in protein and healthy fats, which are important for maintaining a healthy heart. Hummus also has many other essential minerals, vitamins and amino acids. Make sure you check the labels before purchasing hummus, or better yet, make your own!
Fruit often gets a bad rap because it is high in sugar and carbohydrates. Fruit does contain fructose but consuming fructose from fruit is entirely different than consuming fructose from processed foods and drinks.
Fruits are actually great because they are high in fiber, water, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Plus, fruit is super convenient and filling so makes for the perfect snack. Just make sure you’re sticking to whole fruit rather than dried fruit and fruit juices. My favourites are bananas, apples and berries.
3. Boiled eggs
Boiled eggs are low in calories, high in protein and very nutritious. Plus they increase your good cholesterol! They do contain healthy fats though so make sure you’re not going overboard. Protein is found in the egg white and fat in the egg yolk. A great way to increase the protein and reduce the fat is to make an omelette with one whole egg (i.e. one yolk) and a few egg whites.
4. Protein shakes
Quick, easy and pretty tasty! I always talk about why protein is so important for your diet and the benefits (including keeping you full for longer). I have at least one scoop of natural whey protein every day to help me reach my required protein intake. If you haven’t got a protein powder, I highly suggest you invest in one.
Yoghurt contains a whole heap of healthy bacteria, which is important for maintaining a healthy gut, plus lots of vitamins and minerals, and calcium of course. Did you know that yoghurt is also high in protein? Yoghurt is one of the best snacks and something that I eat on a daily basis, without fail! I am lactose intolerant so I eat Black Swann lactose free greek yoghurt. Make sure you check the labels to make sure it’s not packed with sugar.
I eat most of these foods on a daily basis, and snack regularly (at least 2 to 3 times per day). For a full description of my daily diet, check out my previous blog post here xx