When we feel a snack attack coming on and the blood sugar levels start to drop we tend to reach for the most convenient food available, crisps, chocolate biscuits, cakes and anything else that boosts your energy level quickly but is low in nutritional value and full of empty calories.
The first thing that comes to mind for most adults when thinking of healthy snacks is fruit, but there are so many other options. So instead of reaching for that bag of crisps or packet of chocolate biscuits lets take a look at some other alternatives.
If you are craving something sweet you could try some low fat yoghurt and a handful of dried fruit. If dried fruit doesn’t appeal to you, get some fresh fruit that is in season and mix that in with your yoghurt.
For a savoury option why not try homemade popcorn (seasoned with herbs), rice crackers, pumpkin seeds or unsalted mixed nuts. Mini wraps filled with lettuce, tomato, cucumber and topped with a vinegarette dressing will fill you up and is low in calories.
Potatoes are another great, healthy way to fill the gap. Why not try small baked potato filled with cottage cheese or salsa. Having some boiled eggs in your fridge to have on rice cracker with a tomato and some pepper and you have a delicious healthy afternoon snack that will give you the energy you need to keep you going.
Having baby carrots, celery, broccoli and cauliflower cut up into strips in the fridge makes healthy snacking easier as you will be more likely to eat something that is in front of you than if you have to think about preparing it.
Put fresh fruit and vegetables, cottage cheese, nuts and dried fruits on your shopping list and you will always have a nutritious tasty snack on hand that should ward off the dreaded afternoon slump and keep you going until your next meal.