Insanely Simple And Delicious Snacks
Some people can get three meals a day, but for most of us snacking is regular and enjoyable part of our daily routine. If you do snack, the key issues are what you snack on and why you do it. Are you really hungry or just craving food?
If you are really hungry, then eat a healthy snack rather than wait for the next meal. This will prevent you from becoming over-hungry, and in turn will reduce the temptation to eat a nutrient poor convenience food.
Good choices for healthy snacks include:
1. Rye crackers, oatcakes, corn cakes, rice cakes or any other wholegrain crackers, with:
Cottage cheese (if tolerated)
Goats cheese (if tolerated)
Mackerel, salmon or trout paté
2. Raw vegetables (e.g. cherry tomatoes, red pepper, carrot sticks – many supermarkets sell ready cut carrot sticks) with hummus, cottage cheese or mashed avocado/guacamole or taramaslata.
3. Apple or pear with a few (5-6) nuts, a small handful of seeds or nut butter
4. Bio- yoghurt or Plant based yoghurt with:
Fruit – berries if they are available
5. Falafel – Cauldron Foods make good organic ones; available from most supermarkets.
6. Piece of fruit (e.g. apple, pear, plum, satsuma, or berries) with rice cake and nut butter.
Snacks are particularly important for children, who have small stomachs and so are unlikely to eat enough to meet their nutritional requirements in three meals. Regular snacks are important for maintaining energy levels.
Many popular snacks, such as crisps, chocolate bars, and biscuits contain lots of sugar, fat and salt but have a little nutritional value. I do recommend to avoid these kind of snacks.
The key to regulate your dietary intake is to eat only when you are hungry and stop when you are full. When you have the urge to snack, try to decide whether you really are hungry. Are you thirsty? Have a glass of water, then see if you still need food.