10 Fast & Easy Healthy Snack Options
Living healthily doesn't have to mean giving up the things you love. That includes tasty treats between meals – you just have to learn to snack smart.
Here are 10 healthy snacks you can prepare at home to satisfy your cravings and boost your energy levels without blowing out your daily calories.
1. Fruit salad with yoghurt
You don't have to debate which fruit to grab from the bowl when you mix up a little bit of all your favourites. Adding natural yoghurt doesn't just enhance the flavour – it's great for your digestive health too.
2. Apple wedges with ABC butter
If you haven't discovered the joy of ABC butter yet (made from almond, brazil and cashew nuts), get ready to say goodbye to peanut butter forever. Spreading this vitamin-rich butter on apple slices combines the health bonuses of fruit and nuts in one delicious package.
3. Avocado with cottage cheese filling
If you're craving a cheese fix, avocado seed pits make the perfect receptacles for a dollop or two of creamy, low-fat cottage cheese.
4. Veggie sticks with hummus
Even if you're not a fan of raw carrot, celery, cucumber and other salad vegetables, you could be turned around by this healthy alternative to chips 'n' dips. Stock up on chick peas and experiment with creative hummus flavours for your next movie night.
These edible soybeans are a favourite appetiser at Japanese restaurants and are so easy to prepare. Just boil in water and add your favourite seasoning.
6. Rice cakes with low fat cheese
Brown rice cakes topped with low fat cheese are a tasty snack already, but you can turn them into an ultra-healthy one by piling on vitamin-rich toppings like tomato, avocado and seeds.
7. Tinned tuna on wheat crackers
Tuna is one of the best sources of light protein and healthy omega-3 fats, and whole wheat crackers take care of the fibre. One can of tuna flakes in water should be enough for six crackers.
8. Trail mix
Whether you grab a bag at the store or make a custom creation of your favourite nuts, seeds and dried fruits, you'll have the ideal snack for on the move.
9. Protein bar
Not all protein bars are created equal, but the right ones make a great pick-me-up and taste just as good as candy. Look for bars with less than 200 calories and 10 grams of protein or more.
10. Protein smoothie
Last but not least, don't forget your healthy drink. Stock up on plain or Greek yoghurt and protein powder and try out all your favourite fruity flavours.
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