Leading a busy life means we often don’t have the time to sit down and think about what we are eating, there are food allergies to take into account, 5 food groups we are supposed to be eating from plus a whole heap of fad diets that all claim to be the best for us. What I do now though is that snacking is a part of life and there are a few ways you can ensure you are putting the good stuff in, to make sure you are optimising your nutrition as well as brain function and overall health.
A chocolate binge every once in a while, isn’t the end of the world but as the saying goes, everything in moderation. If you are finding yourself filling in time in between meals eating high carb and fatty snacks you may find that you will begin to feel sluggish or start to put on weight, by keeping your diet and exercise regime consistent you will ensure that you are staying happy, healthy and in the best possible place to fight off any colds and flus that may be going around your office or school.
Here are my top tips for snacking healthily and ensuring you are full of go – go – go!
Tupperware is life
Now you’re snacking with a healthy mind set you’re going to have to pre pack your goodies, so celebrate your new found healthy vibes with a good set of Tupperware containers. My go-to is Décor, they have a matching coloured lid to the container so you don’t have to spend hours trying o find a lid to match your container and they are sealed so if your snacks are in your bag they won’t leak. You can grab them from the supermarket for a couple of dollars each and let me tell you it’s the best money you’ll ever spend.
Think healthy options
Step away from the chocolate biscuits and pack Greek yoghurt and berries to snack on, mix the berries so you get a full flavour hit. They are also super healthy for you as they are rich in antioxidants and the yoghurt is high in protein, it really is the perfect snack combination.
Veggies are king
Carrots or cucumber (or both) with humus are also a delicious and healthy treat when you are on the run, cut them into slices and dip them in chilli humus, or another favourite dip when you are feeling peckish.
Go nuts for nuts, almonds are best but a handful of your favourites (as long as they aren’t salted) is a great healthy snack alternative. Almonds are high in heart-healthy monounsaturated fat and are beneficial for blood sugar control. Treat yourself to a little dark chocolate with them if you are craving something sweet.
Eggs are excellent
Did you know that eggs are one of the healthiest and most weight-loss friendly foods you can eat? Although their high cholesterol content gave them a bad rep for years, new studies have shown that eggs don’t have any effect on your risk of heart disease, so enjoy them guilt free!
A whey protein shake
Just remember fam that this isn’t a meal supplement, but a snack. If you are trying to live on shakes during the day, you will be famished by dinner and more likely to binge on the naughty stuff. There are plenty of awesome whey proteins on the market so look for powders that have no added sugar.
Though you will have to pre-cook these it’s worth it. They are fun to eat, tatse delicious and are great when they are cold. They are high in folate and several other minerals including iron and magnesium.
By snacking in a healthy matter it can help with weight loss, your ability to concentrate and to ensure you are getting all the nutrition you need. Quick fixes aren’t usually the healthiest ones, so instead of grabbing a snack from the easy mart head to the supermarket or health food store to grab something delicious that is also good for you!
Photo by Dennis Klein