By Christine Dominguez
Sweet, salty or savoury? We got you covered for your mid afternoon healthy snacks!
It’s a common dilemma around the workplace: you’re at your desk and by the time mid-afternoon strikes, you feel like a snack.
But if you’re trying to stick to a healthy diet, it can be a challenge to satisfy your tastebuds while keeping your waistline in check.
Go beyond your chopped up carrot, cucumber and celery sticks with these ten deliciously healthy on-the-go snack recipes that satisfy any craving for sweet, salty or savoury. They also provide the right amount of nutrients and serving sizes that won’t put a dent in your healthy eating plan.
1. Berries + low fat yoghurt
Mix 1 cup of fresh mixed berries with 1 tub (175g) of low fat yoghurt.
This is a sweet, creamy and filling snack that feels completely indulgent. The combination of fibre and natural sweetness from the berries with the protein from the yoghurt will keep you satiated to ensure you get over any 3pm slump. Great for those with a sweet tooth.
2. Apple + nut butter
Slice 1 apple and serve with 1 tablespoon of all natural nut butter.
Naturally sweet, high fibre and low in kilojoules, apples are a great healthy snack option. Pairing it with a spoon full of protein-packed nut butter will make it more satisfying and will sustain your energy and hunger levels for a couple of hours.
3. Pear + cheese
Enjoy 1 pear with two slices of cheddar cheese
This perfect sweet and salty snack has loads of crunch and is also the perfect carb and protein combination. It also provides a good dose of bone-building calcium from the cheese.
4. Low fat yoghurt + nuts + honey
Mix 1 tub (175g) of low fat yoghurt with a handful of crushed nuts and a teaspoon of honey.
Resembling a parfait, this healthy alternative is full of protein and healthy fats to keep you satiated, and the natural sweetness from honey to make it feel like you’re having the real dessert, without guilt!
5. Wholegrain bread + ricotta cheese + strawberries
Spread 2 tablespoons of ricotta on 1 slice of wholegrain bread, and then top it with a few sliced strawberries.
A snack that tastes just as good as it looks, this combo of fibre-filling bread, with protein from ricotta and vitamin C from strawberries is a nutrient-rich mini-meal that will keep you fuelled before dinner time.
6. DARK CHOCOLATE
Enjoy 4 small squares of quality dark chocolate.
Being on a healthy diet doesn’t mean you can’t have chocolate. Just make sure you look for a good quality dark chocolate – preferably 75% cocoa onwards where the antioxidant level is higher and the sugar content is lower - taking time to savour every bite and eat slowly. Still better stick to 3-4 squares though, no matter if it is healthier!
7. Grapes + walnuts
Mix 1 cup of grapes with a handful of walnuts.
A super portable snack, a cup of grapes and a handful of walnuts together are a power combination of natural sugars, fibre, healthy fats and protein.
8. Wholegrain bread + peanut butter + banana
Spread 1 tablespoon of all natural peanut butter on a slice of wholegrain bread, and then top it with 1 sliced small banana.
A classic combination of delicious foods, the carbs from the wholegrain bread and banana will give you a quick boost of energy, while the protein will keep you satisfied for hours.
9. Greek yoghurt + blueberries + cinnamon
Mix 1 tub Greek yoghurt (175g) with 1 cup of blueberries and a dash of cinnamon.
Containing a higher level of protein than regular yoghurt, Greek yoghurt will keep your hunger pangs at bay. It’s also full of bone-building calcium and gut-healthy probiotics. Adding blueberries and cinnamon make this a winning combination to satisfy any sweet craving.
10. Fruit + veggie smoothie
Blend 1 banana, 1 cup of chopped kale or baby spinach, and 1 cup of skim milk.
Leafy greens like kale and baby spinach are low in kilojoules yet filling because of their high fibre content. Banana adds gut-healthy resistant starch and sweetness, while skim milk provides protein and creaminess.