Every time you snack is an opportunity to add more nutrients to your day and to give you a little energy boost. Having a supply of easy, healthy snacks at hand can also help you fight off hunger between meals. If you’re pushed for time, here are a couple of super fast snacks you can make and take on the run!
1. Toast with avocado, tomato and basil
A classic combination that you can quickly make in the kitchen at home or at work! Simply toast some wholemeal bread to your liking, then top with some mashed avocado, tomato and a little fresh basil. It looks great and tastes even better.
2. Chia pudding
If you get a craving for something sweet in the afternoon, try making a chia pudding to snack on! The recipe below makes two serves, and you will need a container or a couple of glass jars to store them.
- 250ml almond milk or milk of choice
- 2 tbsp chia seeds
- 2 tsp honey
- A pinch of ground cinnamon.
Mix the chia seeds with the milk, honey and cinnamon until it is well combined. Pop the mixture into your containers or jars and place in the fridge overnight. In the morning, grab some fruit to top the pudding with and add this in when you’re ready to snack! A banana, a handful of raspberries or sliced mango make great toppings.
3. Sweet potato toppers
Sweet potato is a great substitute for bread and you can make them ahead of time. Simply slice a washed, medium sweet potato into long slices or rounds and bake until the slices are just starting to soften. Top the slices with some cottage cheese, as well as your choice of sliced veggies. Try toppings like mushroom, capsicum (peppers), tomato or snow pea shoots.
4. Bliss balls
When it comes to making your own healthy snacks, it’s hard to beat bliss balls. By changing one or two ingredients, you can have different flavors every week!
5. Nutty banana smoothie
Yes, you can make smoothies to take with you! Even if you don’t have the type of blender that comes with those handy bottles, there are ways around it. Simply have a Mason jar or something similar to pour your smoothie into and place it in the fridge the night before. When you are ready to enjoy it the next day, simply shake or stir to mix the ingredients again (some separation is natural and nothing to be concerned about).
Nutty banana smoothie ingredients:
- 1 medium banana
- 1 tbsp natural nut butter
- 250ml milk of choice
- 1 tbsp cacao powder.
Combine the ingredients in a blender and blend until it is smooth. Pour into a Mason jar and refrigerate until the next day.
6. Pineapple toast
It sounds unusual, but this is such a delicious snack! Simply toast some wholemeal bread, add a little ricotta and place some pieces of diced pineapple on top.
A healthy eating plan doesn’t mean you have to go without snacks! As you will have noticed if you use the SWEAT app, we include a range of snack ideas to help you stay fuelled up throughout the day. After all, most of us have probably hit a slump in the afternoon where we struggle to concentrate. A snack can be just the boost you need!
Whether you need an afternoon pick-me-up or something to keep you going until lunchtime, give these snacks a try!