The Art of Snacking Healthily
Snacking healthily, you say, is that even possible? Chances are, if we're reaching for a snack or if we're in the mood for a snack, we want something that's a little indulgent or decadent to satisfy that peckish feeling. You're probably reaching for all sorts of chips, chocolates, biscuits and basically whatever you can get your hands on. After you've satisfied that feeling, there's a tendency to feel sluggish and you'll start to sink into a food coma which inhibits your productivity.
To prevent that feeling from occurring and to be a little kinder to our body, there are ways to snacking a little healthier. Below, we've got some suggestions for you.
Pick Healthier Versions
While most individuals might tell you to eat fruit or raw vegetables or something along those lines, we know it can be difficult to make that transition and have that as a snack all the time. Furthermore, fruits and vegetables may not properly satisfy that peckish feeling and you could end up binging on those snacks – which isn't an ideal situation.
Instead, you can pick up healthier versions of your snacks. For example, instead of traditional potato chips, opt for something a little healthier like Eat Real's Quinoa Chips. These chips from the United Kingdom are made with natural ingredients, no artificial flavors, colorings, preservatives or added sugar – a healthier alternative to standard chips. Quinoa is also considered to be a superfood that’s packed with nutritional value. Grab a bag of these chips that comes in two different flavors and you’ll no longer be missing the taste of regular potato chips.
If you’ve got a sweet tooth, consider trying out no sugar added chocolate. These chocolates have no additional sugar added to them and instead are sweetened with artificial sweeteners. While some no sugar added chocolates do have a bit of an aftertaste, you can try chocolates made with different sweeteners to see which one you prefer. You can try Stella’s no sugar added chocolate from Switzerland which is made of aspartame and acesulfame K or Frankonia’s No Sugar Added Chocolate that’s made of Maltitol.
Quality Over Quantity
If you really want to munch on your usual snacks, we’re not saying that you should get rid of them completely. However, try to have it in smaller amounts as opposed to eating the whole bag or bar. If you portion out your snacks and have smaller amounts of them, you’ll be both satisfying your craving and staying within the limits of your intake – a win-win for yourself!
Even if you’re choosing a healthier option, it doesn’t mean that you can overload on the healthier version of your snack. You still have to make sure that you’re not overdoing it. In case you’ve got a bit of trouble controlling yourself – a problem that most of us have – portioned snacks would be a good choice.
If you’re craving chocolate, you can try having Cavalier’s No Sugar Added Mini Chocolate Bars that come in sizes of 40g to 44g, so you know that you’re definitely not going to be overdoing it. Alternatively, grab one of Go Natural’s Snack Bars. Rather than opening a whole bag of chips, you can just have one of these bars on the go. They even have yoghurt covered bars for a delightful and tangy snack.
When you’re snacking, you want to make sure that you’re fuelling your body and not just ingesting empty calories. The snacks that you’re eating should taste good but also have some form of nutritional benefit for your body.
Perhaps you can try Lizi’s High Protein Granola with yoghurt or milk as a snack. Just 50g of this granola will already be providing you with 27% of your daily protein needs. It also only uses vegetable protein and has rolled oats for added fiber. Want something to go along with your coffee? Try Gullon’s Sugar-Free Digestive Biscuits that’s made of whole wheat flour and oleic sunflower oil – which is beneficial to your body.
These are just some basic tips to snacking healthily. There are of course, a plethora of other ways that you can go about doing so. However, we all know that it’s hard to have to give up everything that we love snacking on, so by making some replacements, having some portion control and taking a look at nutrition, you’ll be on your way to snacking like a healthy pro.