We all know the feeling — it’s mid-morning or a few hours after lunch, and a food craving hits.
It might seem easiest to reach for convenience foods or head to a vending machine, but don’t let a sneaky snack attack derail your health and fitness goals. Snacks can be healthy! Nutritious choices can also help you feel energised throughout the whole day.
A little bit of meal prep goes a long way, and there are lots of recipes you can make ahead of time so you’ve got healthy snacks on-the-go.
Whether you’re a sweet tooth or prefer to keep it savoury, I’ve got you covered. You’ll discover some of my favourite easy healthy snack recipes – they’re ideal for sharing too!
- What makes a snack healthy
- Sweet snack ideas
- Savoury snack ideas
- Snacks if you’re on-the-go
- Post-workout snacks
What makes a snack healthy
Snacks are an important part of your daily nutrition — they help provide you with enough fuel to perform at your best.
However, a lot of snacks can be high in saturated fat, sugar and salt, and offer little nutritional value. Don’t let your snacks derail your progress towards your health and fitness goals!
It might be helpful to think of your morning snacks as a way to meet your daily nutritional needs — adding an extra serving of fruit, vegetables or grains.
It’s also a good idea to try and choose snacks that won’t leave you hungry. To feel satiated (or satisfied), you should aim to eat afternoon or mid-morning snacks that have a good mix of macronutrients: carbohydrates, protein and good fats.
If you’ve read my guides, or you follow the weekly meal plans in the SWEAT app, it is recommended that you eat six serves of grains per day. A snack of rice cakes with canned tuna, or some toast with blueberries and ricotta will help you reach your daily goal of grain serves!