Healthy Snack Ideas: 15 Nutritionist-approved WFH Snacks
Curb the 3pm cravings with these healthy snack ideas from nutritionist and personal trainer Sophie Guidolin.
There is no denying that appeal of a naughty snack come 3pm on a workday. If you're anything like us, you will reach straight for a naughty snack like chocolate or a biscuit or two from the office biscuit jar.
It may seem like the easiest option, but don’t let this little snack attack affect your health and fitness goals. Snacks can be filling, delicious, and guess what - healthy! Something that nutritionist and personal trainer Sophie Guidolin is an expert in!
To level up your healthy snack game, Sophie has shared her list of nutritionist-approved snacks that will not only help to keep you to your health goals, but actually satiate those naughty, sweety, treaty cravings.
1. Dark Chocolate
As you probably already know, there are numerous benefits to eating dark chocolate, from antioxidants and improved blood flow, to lower blood pressure.
To do it one step better, you can get yourself some cacao nibs or cacao-based chocolates that are delicious and contain amazing nutritional benefits.
2. Roasted Chickpeas
Quick and super simple to make, chickpeas are a great source of plant-based protein. You can easily make these yourself by sprinkling a layer of chickpeas on a lined baking tray with your fave spices, like cumin, salt and paprika, and bake for an hour at 150°C (fan-forced).
3. Fibrous Fruit
Eating a balanced diet with adequate fibre each day will help with digestion, keeping bowel movements regular, less bloating, weight loss and many health reasons. Always keep in mind as well that the more whole the food and less processed it is, the better it is! When looking for fibrous fruit options, go for raspberries, pears and apples with the skin.
Because the most common kinds of popcorn are found already doused in butter and salt at the cinemas, we often don't associate it with health. Popcorn is in fact, a whole grain food full of fibre. With only 31 calories per cup of stovetop prepared popcorn, it makes for a great alternative to chips. Studies even show that 15 calories worth of popcorn is as filling as 150 calories worth of potato chips! True story.
An ideal snack, Smoothies are endlessly customizable, great for on the go, and will give you a boost without making you feel overly full. Packed with goodness and ridiculously tasty, Sophie's Everyday Banana Smoothie recipe will help keep you energised and satisfied any time of the day.
6. Homemade Muesli Bars
A muesli bar is a great grab-and-go snack and is perfect for mid-morning munchies. Store-bought options usually contain a high amount of sugar, so making your own is a convenient way to keep an eye on unnecessary ingredients.
7. Dates with Nut Butter
This flavourful snack is an instant antidote if you have a sweet tooth! Simply cut open your dates, remove the pits, and add a teaspoon of your favourite nut butter. It’s an ideal protein-laden snack that takes less than 5 minutes to make!
8. Trail Mix
This snack is too good to be true! It’s so flavourful and nutritious. To make, simply mix and match your favourite nuts and seeds and toss them in a bowl. You could even add a pinch of sea salt or some chilli flakes for a flavour boost. It will fill your everyday portion of fats by keeping your calories in charge. It also helps in keeping up great heart well-being and supplies your fat and fibre intake.
9. Protein Balls
Protein balls are seriously simple to make - and they taste delicious! They’re such a great snack at any time of day and they’re perfect for a protein boost before you hit the gym. If you’re looking for a protein powder-free version, Sophie's Salted Date & Caramel Balls are a good place to start.
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