Do pizzas, ice creams, french-fries, cookies and/or lollies feature high on your agenda for snacks? And despite you telling yourself innumerable times not to, you always seem to fall to the temptation. At Fitat60 we see it time and again. People start a new diet with the best intention, fall victim to a tempting snack, then feel they ruined any chance of success and give up on the diet completely. Sound familiar? Snacks are OK. The key to success is picking the right snack.
Just as charity begins at home, good nutrition and balance diet habits start at home. The way of life today is fast-paced and we are always on the move. It is easy to pick up a quick snack on the go, but frequently it won’t be the healthy option. It is essential therefore to have healthy snacks handy which you can grab on the move.
Make snack time nibbles attractive and hassle free. Prepare small portions of snacks and leave them in easy to find places like kitchen shelf, fridge or dining table. The healthiest and simplest choice for snacks is fresh fruits and raw vegetables requiring minimum preparation time.
Some good suggestions of healthy snacks include:
- Make fruit salads with your favourite fruits. Prepare them in small batches from fresh fruits and freeze them.
- Dry fruits like raisins or apricots and fresh fruits like apples, oranges, watermelons, and bananas.
- Sandwiches with tuna or lean meat cuts.
- Yoghurt, plain or flavoured or milkshakes made with low fat or skimmed milk. Dry cereals or cornflakes served with fruit and low fat milk.
- Fresh fruit juices like orange, watermelon, grapefruit or frozen juice bars.
- Hard-boiled eggs with a slice of whole wheat bread, peanuts, pretzels or crackers.
- Ready to eat cut up veggies like carrots, cucumbers, and celery. Unbuttered popcorns, wheat crackers or whole grain muffins served with low fat cheese dip.
- Fruit Smoothie made in a blender with fresh fruits, juice and yoghurt. See all our smoothie recipes here >
- Yoghurt dessert with layers of low fat yoghurt, fruits and veggies.
You can spice up your snack time with a variety of foods. But always serve small portions instead of big ones; snacking is about satiating your desire to eat only until the next proper meal.