Snacks for all your needs

I was recently advised that my advice on keeping your healthy snacks handy was a useful tip for a friend so I thought I would go into how I snack throughout the day and some suggestions for healthy snack options.

Snacking throughout the day is a given for most of us, it ties us over until our next main meal and allows us to refuel and stay focused during the day. What you reach for as a snack can have huge affects on your health, body and mind. Obviously reaching for a Mars bar is not the right choice to stabilize your energy or if you are trying to lose weight.

Ideally I try to balance my snacks around what I had eaten the meal before; for example if I have Oats for breakfast I will aim to have a protein filled snack for morning tea to ensure I am balancing out my intake. Oats are lacking in Protein but are a good carbohydrate. If you can try to have this approach to your snacks it should help ensure you are fueling your body to the best of your ability.

My go to snacks for protein

  • Boiled eggs – huge winner with salt and pepper to taste
  • Cheese slices or sticks
  • Smoked Salmon
  • Yogurt – be careful here as yogurt is also high in carbs and can be very high in sugar
  • Tin Tuna or Salmon in springwater
  •  Protein Shake – ensure again it’s low carb and low sugar
  • Protein bar or balls – just make sure they are low carb
  • Cottage cheese with veggie sticks

 

My go to snacks for carbohydrates 

  • Dried Apricots
  • Pears, oranges or bananas
  • Blueberries
  • Yogurt
  • Rice crackers with cottage cheese or avocado

 

My go to snacks for good fats 

  • Raw Almonds
  • Avocado
  • Cheese slices or sticks
  • Eggs
  • Dark chocolate
  • Smoked Salmon

 

My go to snacks for hydration

  • Celery (I add peanut butter for good fats and because it makes me happy)
  • Cucumber sticks
  • Watermelon
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Capsicum sticks
  • Strawberries

 

It is really easy to get sick of snacks, so I suggest mixing it up as much as you can. Don’t eat the same snacks all week you’ll go mad. Making protein balls and freezing them in groups of two is a great way to mix up your snacks, when you feel like them for a change just pull a bag out of the freezer.

I hope this post gives you some ideas for your snacks and as I find new things that I love I will be sure to share them with you.

Happy Eating!

 

 

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