Tuesday, 3 October 2017

The healthy snacks that will keep your diet on track

It’s day three of your diet, everything is going well. You’ve had your breakfast, now it’s just the wait for lunch time. Only two hours to go. That’s 120 minutes, which is 30 minutes four times, right? That’s not that long I guess. Those biscuits look good, though don’t they? Maybe if you just have one or two to tide you over… before you know it you’ve devoured half a packet of hobnobs and five custard creams. Diet who?!
Healthy snacks are the key to eating well. By having easy to make, enjoyable snacks when you’re on the go, you’re much more likely to stick to your healthy eating plan! These snacks are my favourite to keep me on track when I have a long day ahead of me:

·       Hartley’s 10 calorie jellies 
These are a-maz-ing. You can find them for around 60p each in all supermarkets and come in different flavours such as orange, strawberry, orange and mango, raspberry, apple and watermelon and more. Although they’re called 10 calories jellies, some actually have as little as four!! With less than a gram of sugar per pot, they’re great for satisfying sweet cravings without making a dent on your daily calorie intake.

·       Edamame beans
I had these for the first time when I was at Wagamamas and fell in love from there. You can buy them in ready-made pots from lunch sections at a few supermarkets (Aldi being one), however if you go to Tesco, you can buy big bags of both pods and shelled ones for as little as £2! I personally like to go for the pods as then I can eat them with my hands and I don’t devour them quite so fast. Simply chuck some in a microwaveable container, season as you wish (I use salt and chilli), and cover and microwave for four minutes. They’re a great little protein packed snack for on the go.

·       Individual packs of popcorn
Because crisps are soooo last year. There are so many different brands making so many different flavours of popcorn these days that there is a flavour to suit everyone. My personal favourite is sweet and salted, but you can get even get savoury ones if that’s what floats your boat. Just be wary of caramel/toffee coated ones as these will be higher in sugar. With a much lower fat content than your standard crisps, popcorn is a great addition to your lunchbox.

·       Fage 0% Greek yoghurt
Flavoured yoghurts tend to be packed with sugar, particularly the low-fat ones as they substitute the flavour lost from less fat with more sugar. 0% Greek yoghurt is low in both fat and sugar and can be made more exciting by adding toppings. My go-to topping is strawberries, a drizzle of honey and a sprinkle of granola, but you can literally add anything you like to it (watch the calories). Watch out for the “Greek-style” yoghurts as they still have a higher sugar content than actual Greek yoghurt!

·       Tuna and smashed avocado
A nice light, low carb snack! Mix together avocado, tuna, lemon juice, salt, pepper and paprika in a bowl. You could also add cherry tomatoes, spring onion, red onion or even a few chilli seeds if you like it hot! This one is particularly good for on the go because the lemon juice stops the avocado turning brown from oxidation. Just don’t forget your fork!

·       Carrots, bell peppers and hummus
Last but certainly not least. This little snack is so simple hugely underrated. Satisfy your need for picky food with a couple of these veggies chopped up and dipped in hummus. A good little snack to tide you over until your next meal.

Written by VavaViolet's Health and Fitness Editor Zhane Alexander. 


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