How to Curb Your Cravings with These Healthy Snacks
It’s pretty obvious why we love to snack so much; it’s convenient. Without even thinking about it, you can go from hungry to satisfied in two minutes, simply by grabbing a bag of crisps or reaching for the ice cream tub and a spoon, but how can you make snacking more wellness-centred? With a little preparation and planning ahead, you can make sure that a healthy snack is always there to help you fight those food cravings.
Firstly, roasted chickpeas can be prepared in a variety of ways, and are a great source of protein, fibre and iron. Choose some spices that you love from a favourite dish or cuisine, like curry powder for an Indian flavour or cumin and chili powder to for a Mexican variation, and then simply toss them in the oven with a can of chickpeas and a bit of oil and bake at 400C until your chickpeas are golden and crunchy. If that sounds too much like hard work, you can also snack on chickpeas in hummus form, and dip in some carrot sticks for an added vitamin A boost to your wellbeing.
When it comes to salads, they may seem like a nutritious and versatile snack, but they’re also messy and difficult to transport, and you can make your greens soggy if you mix in your dressing in advance. So what’s the solution? A few months ago, salad in a jar was all over Pinterest because people have found that if you layer your salad ingredients with dressing at the bottom and greens at the top, they all stay fresh until you dump them in a bowl.
If you have any nutritional needs to address, a daily smoothie is easily customisable. For your omega 3 intake, just add a handful of hemp seeds or ground flax. Throw a banana into the blender for potassium and fibre or you can even add a handful of healthy fresh greens, like spinach, to boost your smoothie (although you might want to look online for recipes that make these smoothies taste good, as well as being good for you). If all else fails, you can’t go wrong for a convenient healthy food than with a nice piece of fresh fruit.
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