A healthy and balanced diet is essential for your mental and physical wellbeing. Healthy eating includes a variety of foods in your diet that can help you get all the nutrients that your body needs, and healthy snacks can be a great way to make sure you get plenty of nutrients on a daily basis.
Take a look at some ideas to get you into the habit of making healthy snacks for you and your family:
Mix up your snacks
If the idea of plain fruit doesn’t appeal to you, try dipping slices of fruit in low-calorie healthy dips like hummus or yogurt. You can also try sprinkling flavours, like cinnamon on apple slices – this is a great way to make your fruit snacks more interesting.
Try healthy substitutes
Do you like high-fat snacks like potato chips? Replacing potato chips with baked tortilla chips is a smarter snack choice. Try them with a healthy bean dip or hummus for extra flavour!
Do some prep in advance
Having some healthy snacks prepared in advance means you can simply grab some hearty foods when you feel hungry, at home or at work – rather than picking high-calorie candy bars or a bag of chips.
Your healthy snack food kit
Going shopping? Include in your shopping list a number of foods that are great for making quick, healthy snacks. Some ideas: low-fat yogurt, string cheese, low-fat popcorn, raisins, unsalted nuts, rice cakes, pretzels, baby carrots, whole wheat crackers.
Try combining honey and peanut butter for a protein-rich dip that works great with apples, carrots and celery, as well as with whole-grain crackers and rice cakes.
Low fat cottage cheese and ricotta are great options to try with whole-grain crackers, cherry tomatoes or red pepper strips.
Upgrade your cereal
If you like snacking with cereal, try the ones that can give you a boost of fiber such as oats, granola and whole grain cereals. You can sprinkle honey, cranberries and blueberries for added flavour.
Source: Based on information from Mayo Clinic and Healthwise.