I have recently received quite a few questions about what I do to tide over hunger and what tasty treats I snack on between meals to keep hunger at bay. Before the week begins I make sure I have all my meals/ snacks planned and prepped so I always have something to turn to when I feel a little hungry, whereas if I don’t plan I would more likely to turn to sugary snacks like biscuits or sweets (however I try to limit the amount of these in my diet altogether). I feel so much better when I know exactly what I’m eating and it also helps remove any temptation to turn to unhealthy foods! I try to keep my morning/ afternoon snacks for each week varied as I soon get bored and I love having a change in the foods I eat too. My top 5 healthy (but verrrrry yummy!!) snacks which I prepare on Sunday for the following week are as follows-
1. Avocado, (cut in half and ate with a spoon) although this is very messy so I only tend to eat this when I have a break from work
2. Carrot sticks and hummus, this simple concoction cannot go wrong, it is very tasty and seems to fill me up until lunch time
3. Pistachios, with no preparation and containing lots of antioxidants and healthy fats pistachios are at nature’s heart of a healthy snack, in fact being good to your heart has never tasted so good. Pistachios are naturally free from trans-fat, which is found mainly in foods cooked with partially-hydrogenated oils such as baked and fried foods like pastries, biscuits and donuts.
4. Celery, (if your feeling snazzy with a little homemade hummus or Whole Earth peanut butter~ sounds odd but trust me it tastes so good!) Celery is low in calories and also helps you calm down and can be used for stress relief (believe it or not!) This is because it contains minerals such as magnesium, and essential oils, which soothe the nervous system so if you enjoy a celery-based snack in the evening, you will sleep a whole lot better!
5. After a busy day at college and in the 15 minutes I have to get ready for gym I need a boost of energy however a gradual production of complex carbs to ensure my body has enough energy for the tough session ahead so I tend to go straight to my fruit bowl, grab a banana (they contain the complex carbohydrates fructose and fiber, meaning it is digested slowly and will provide a gradual release of energy), throw it in my blender along with chia seeds and whole grain oats blend it for a minute, top with strawbs and voila! Super quick, super healthy, yet super tasty!
If you would like to find out any more tasty snacks which keep me energized during meal times, or have any questions/ requests feel free to drop me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) and I will respond asap!