There are two kinds of people, those who enjoy a snack between meals and those who stick to three meals a day.
So if you tend to be a snacker stick around.
Snacks can be nutrient-packed and can form an important part of how we fuel our bodies throughout the day. They are also a great way to pack in extra nutrients or food groups you’re not getting at your meal times.
But it all comes down to what actually is a healthy snack?
Below you will find some healthy snacks which apply to general healthy-snacking principles.
In the morning
When the clock strikes 10am, and you realize that you still have 3 hours until your lunch break. This is when you need to snack on fruit, whole grains or eggs. These are perfect options to give you that boost of energy to hold you over until lunch time. Here are some mini-brunch options:
- ½ Hardboiled eggs with a fruit
- Whole grain toast with a egg
- Oatmeal with fruit
Before a workout
Before a workout your body requires fast-acting energy, simple carbs are ideal for this. Here are some pre-workout options:
- A piece of toast or rice cake with peanut butter
- A banana
- Fruit smoothie
After a workout
After a workout you should opt for a snack rich in both carbs and protein to replenish your muscles. Here are some options:
- Greek yoghurt with nuts or berries
- Tuna with crackers
When that afternoon slump hits
When you are craving stimulation and are in that munching mood, here are some ideas for your next afternoon craving:
- Humus with sliced veggies
- Pistachios or sunflower seeds
- Deli turkey or chicken on a slice of whole wheat bread
Often by the end of your day you have met your nutritional needs, so a bedtime snack is an opportunity to be a little more lenient. The main goal is to eat enough so that you are not lying awake in bed with hanger pains but not so much that you are uncomfortably full. So here are some late night snack options we opt for:
- Whole grain cracker with a slice of cheese
Rubies do you have a go-to snack when you are feeling peckish? X