I am so terrible for getting hungry and then grabbing the first thing I see. Sometimes this can be cake or chocolate when out and about ,or a handful of biscuits at home.
A while ago I emptied my cupboards of all things ‘bad’ and started to clean eat to try and see if it would make a difference to my mind and body.
Oh my it did. I feel more energetic, less lethargic, can concentrate more and I’ve even shed a few pounds. The one thing I used to always struggle with was curbing that hunger strike between meals. It is so easy to eat biscuits, chocolate or even my weakness; cheese and crackers. But really they just fill you with unhealthy fats and not many nutrients.
These healthy alternative snacks are really quick to make, are packed full of nutrients and fats that are actually good for you. Plus, a lot of them can be pre-made to take on the go for those hungry moments, where you’d normally find yourself diverting to a shop for a slice of cake.
10 Easy Healthy Snacks
1. Fruit Slices With Nut Butter
Having a fruit snack is really tasty, but sometimes it’s nice to change it up a little bit. Why not dip your fruit slices in nut butter? This treat is so delicious. The fruit gives you the little bit of sweetness you need, whilst the nut butter is a great source of healthy fats. I personally really love apple with almond butter, pear with macadamia butter and bananas with peanut butter.
2. Hummus With Vegetables
A really easy snack to make and even take on the go, is hummus with vegetables. It’s great to add to your lunch box or just to quickly grab out of the fridge to curb your hunger.
Hummus is a dip made with chickpeas, olive oil, garlic, tahini, lemon juice and salt. It offers lots of healthy nutrients, including a small amount of protein. It’s so appetising and can be enjoyed spread on toast, or as a dip for raw or cooked vegetables. My favourite vegetables to dip are raw celery and cooked carrots and asparagus. It’s very moreish, without the calories.
3. Smashed Avocado on Toast
Avocado is a fruit that is full of healthy fats. It is great for your skin and your hair and is delicious eaten either on it’s own with some salt and pepper, or with some eggs.
I personally love to ‘smash’ up avocado, add a little bit of salt, ground black pepper and a squeeze of lemon juice and spread it on toast. Sometimes if I’m feeling even more adventurous, a little bit of tabasco goes so well with it. On top of toast it makes a really filling and healthy snack, that’s packed full of fibre.
4. Life Unexpected’s Infamous Smoothies
Have you seen our 3 breakfast smoothies? These 3 delicious smoothies are crammed with so many healthy fats, nutrients and fruits.
My favourite is the Spiced Apple, but all of them are extremely tasty and so easy to make. They are perfect as a healthy mid-morning or afternoon snack for either at home or on the go.
5. Homemade Nuts and Seeds Snack Pack
I love making little snack packs for my handbag. They’re a tasty little pick me up that you can grab and go and enjoy with your lunch, for a snack or when you’re out and about.
I mix up my snack packs all the time, but my favourite combinations include pumpkin seeds, cranberries, almonds, walnuts and medjool dates.
6. Yoghurt with Fruits, Nuts & Seeds
Natural greek yoghurt is a really great source of calcium, potassium, protein, zinc, and vitamins B6 and B12. It also contains probiotic cultures which is amazing for digestion!
Spoon out some yoghurt and mix in some nuts, seeds and handfuls of fruits for an inviting pick me up. It’ll also curb that sweet craving you might have.
I sometimes love to use coconut yogurt as an extra delicious alternative. Coconut yoghurt is made with coconut milk instead of regular milk. Not only is it dairy free but it supplies several key vitamins and minerals, plus just like milk-based yogurts it has those probiotics that are helpful for your body.
7. Peanut Butter and Banana on Toast
Who doesn’t love good old fashioned peanut butter and banana on toast? This healthy snack is a good source of protein and fibre and will give you some much needed energy. A classic with a sweet twist.
8. Good Old Fresh Fruit
Sometimes when we are on the go, a quick healthy snack of fresh fruit is the best way to go. Why not try grapefruit? It’s one of the healthiest nutritious fruits around. It’s great for cholesterol, helping to prevent kidney stones and for weight loss. My other favourite fruits to snack on are apples, blueberries and bananas.
9. Boiled eggs
A small, light snack, yet packed full of essential vitamins and minerals. The protein in a single hard-boiled egg will curb hunger and will give you some much needed potassium, iron, zinc, vitamin E and folate. I love my eggs simple, with a bit of salt and ground black pepper. Boil some in advance and put them in a mini lunch box so you can snack on them whenever hunger bites.
10. Yoghurt Bites or Bark
These little snacks are perfect for the summer months when you’re craving ice-cream but would prefer a healthy alternative. Yoghurt bites are small little frozen bits of yoghurt stuffed with fresh fruit. They’re super easy to make and you can add whichever fruits you like. You can find our recipe here.
Yoghurt bark is similar to yoghurt bites, but instead it’s big chunks of frozen yoghurt thats topped with healthy nuts, seeds and fruits. You can find our recipe here.
Which of these 10 healthy snacks are your favourite? Do you have any you like to eat that aren’t on this list? Let us know in the comments below.