It’s always tempting to grab a takeaway snack when you’re on the go or late for lunch or just between meals and hungry. This is also an easy and quick go-to from the cupboard when the kids come home from school and want something to eat before dinner.
However with a little thought and preparation, you can make these snacks healthy, filling, nutritious and, because they are low in sugar, excellent if you’re watching your weight.
Here’s a list to help you get started with a few ideas.
1. Kale Chips
Ever heard of kale chips? Made from the leaves of the kale plant, the chips are great for eye health and contain important vitamins and minerals. Far more healthy than the traditional potato chip, kale is a fantastic (and super nutritious) alternative for that quick, healthy snack.
The nutrient value is increased when you eat nuts that have been activated. This means the goodness in the nuts are “unlocked” and the benefits made more available to the gut to digest. Learn more about Activated Nuts.
3. Dips (Guacamole, Hummus, Tzatziki)
What about healthy dips as a snacking alternative? Using healthy dipping sticks made of carrots or celery adds that tasty and nutritious touch. Great for when friends arrive unexpectedly!
4. Green Smoothie with Vital Greens
The kids will love this! Green smoothies made with vital greens. It’s important to balance the vegetables and the fruit to keep the sugar down, but these smoothies will go down fast and fill a gap before dinner.
5. Apple Slices with Almond Butter
What a great idea. This is a great snack for both adults and children. Affordable and nutritious, these snacks are high in fibre and protein. And they taste great.
Full of healthy fibre, these moorish snacks are a great alternative to high sugar and salty chips and nuts. Try stopping at one!
7. Homemade Popcorn with Coconut Oil
We’ve all had the salty popcorn in buckets at the movie theatre. But did you know there was a healthy alternative. Try making your own or introducing healthy popcorn to your family.
8. Edamame & sea salt ( homemade )
The natural sweetness of edamame (immature soy beans in the pod) combines with the flavour of sea salt to deliver a taste sensation that is far healthier than supermarket snack alternatives.
9. Steel Cut Oatmeal with grated apple & blueberries
Now this is an idea! Steel cut oatmeal is far more coarser than regular oatmeal. Consequently they are chewier and much better for your digestion. Combine with grated apple and the (superfood) blueberries and you have a filling, healthy and tasty snack.
10. Baked Vegetable Chips
Ever tried baking vegetables into chips? The results can be amazing...and healthy. Use a mandolin to slice a variety of root vegetables such as carrots, beetroot and sweet potato, then fry until crisp, adding a light touch of salt for flavour.
11. Sugar Free Chocolate
It’s great to have a bar of chocolate in the fridge for a snack every now and then. But what about trying a more healthier alternative than the sugary milk chocolate we see on our supermarket shelves? You can now buy sugar free chocolate that hits the spot without the same effect of putting on excess weight.
12. Natural Yogurt with fresh fruit and Fruit Free Cereal
Balance some delicious yoghurt with fruit free cereal to give you that boost of grains, nuts, seeds and yoghurt’s natural goodness for the gut.
13. Sweet Potato Chips, Mixed Root Chips, Beetroot Chips
Replace the salty, bad fat chips with a packet of good chips. Now available are the alternatives made from sweet potato, mixed root vegetables and beetroot. You can fill that gap with healthy chips that taste great. Far healthier than the salty versions packed full of bad fats.
Combining taste with nutrition, filling yet healthy, these low sugar, natural snacks will also help you lose weight by replacing unhealthy snacks. So if you’re looking to lose a few kilos, or just introduce some nutritious snack alternatives to the pantry, why not try some of these?