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Healthy Snacks You Actually Want to Eat

Standing in front of the fridge searching for something to snack on again? Hungry, but not sure what you feel like? Watching late night TV and craving something to munch on?

These are the times you reach for the cookies, open the bag of chips or grab a handful of the kids’ fish-shaped crackers and make the not-so-healthy choices. We all get the cravings and want them satisfied fast and, without healthy go-to options, we go to what is in front of us and easiest to grab.

The trick is to have ready-made healthy snack options available that you actually want to eat.

Snacks should be treated as mini meals and include protein, calcium and fibre to really fill you up while still providing part of your daily nutritional requirements. Try stocking the fridge and pantry with items that are quick and easy to grab, yet filling and will satisfy your craving for something crunchy or sweet.

If you are looking for a snack you can graze on, go for air-popped popcorn, a navel orange, a bowl of blueberries or raspberries, frozen grapes or make your own roasted chickpeas.

Make a list of healthy snacks you actually want to eat and post it on the fridge for those times when you just want something but are not sure what. Here are some ideas to get you started:

Healthy Snacks You Actually Want to Eat

Grab to Go SNACKS

  • Hardboiled Egg
  • Handful of Almonds
  • Cheese String
  • Greek Yogurt
  • Frozen Grapes
  • Navel Orange

Great SNAcKING Combos

  • Tuna with cucumber slice as the cracker
  • Green beans, carrots, celery and hummus
  • Apples, grapes and wedge of cheese
  • Banana or pear and walnuts
  • Whole grain crackers & cheese
  • Pretzel chips and tzatziki
  • Melba toast, ricotta cheese, topped with blueberries
  • Cherry tomato, bocconcini and basil
  • Mashed avocado on whole grain toast
  • Watermelon and feta cheese
  • Natural peanut butter and apple slices
  • Turkey slice wrapped cantaloupe

Make Your Own SNACKS

Snacking can be a great way to fill the gaps between meals or give you a boost of energy before your workout or to re-fuel afterwards. The key is to think of the snack as a mini meal and pack it with protein, fibre and calcium so it is filling, satisfying and nutritious.

Make a list of your favourites, stock the fridge and pantry and create new go-to snacks habits for the next time you are wandering around the kitchen looking for something to munch on.