We share our pick of the most energising, sustaining and healthy snacks.. Choose two snacks per day…
1 – 30g (minimum 70 per cent cocoa) dark chocolate – a natural energy booster when you need a quick pick-me-up.
2 – 125g low-fat cottage cheese with 1 tbsp unsweetened pineapple. This protein-packed munch provides a decent sweet treat minus a big calorie hit.
3 – Spicy roasted chickpeas. Chickpeas are a great source of energising vitamin B and magnesium. Drizzle 1 tbsp olive oil over a can of drained chickpeas and season with salt, pepper, cumin and chilli. Bake in the oven for 40 minutes. Enjoy in
handful-sized portions as a fab alternative to chips.
4 – Green juices are packed full of antioxidants, phytonutrients and potassium, the great hydrator. Keep fruit content to a minimum (think one apple, pear or kiwifruit) and instead load up on vegetables like spinach, cucumber and kale.
5 – Figs. A source of fibre and iron, enhance the energyboosting aspect by mixing a couple of fresh figs with 1 tbsp natural yoghurt or enjoy 3-4 dried figs with a few almonds.
6 – Protein-packed avocado. Fill a small avocado with 2 tbsp cottage cheese and chives for a snack that’s high in protein and healthy fats.
7 – 30g walnuts. A good source of protein and fibre, walnuts also contain magnesium, making them a go-to energy bite.
8 – Strawberry and banana smoothie. Blend 100g nonfat Greek yoghurt with 2 handfuls frozen strawberries, 1 small banana,
½ tsp vanilla essence and ½ tsp honey for a high-protein treat.
9 – 10-15 olives will give you a small iron hit and a slightly bigger dose of antioxidant vitamin E.
10 – Peanut butter slices. Cut an apple into 6 slices and lightly spread each slice with peanut butter. It won’t break the calorie bank and packs a sufficient fat and fibre punch to keep the mid-afternoon munchies at bay.
11 – 50g lightly salted popcorn. A good source of wholegrain and vitamins, this is an excellent substitute for higher-cal snacks such as potato chips and biscuits.