In an intense moment of hunger and desperation you could be swayed to reach for a chocolate bar or packet of chips to tide you over. Even a strong-willed person, dedicated to their health goals may crumble under pressure when faced with a case of hanger (hungry anger). The key is to be prepared and have quick, easy and healthy snacks that you can carry with you or make quickly. If you are prepared, you will be less likely to binge on discretionary foods (junk food) and more likely to choose something nourishing. Try these quick, easy and healthy snacks:
1. Cheese and dates
For the perfect combination of sweet and savoury, jump on board the date and cheese train! The dates will give you a sweet fix, whilst the cheese will provide protein and fat to slow the absorption of sugar, and keep you fuller for longer. Cut hard cheese into slices or cubes and serve with a couple of pitted medjool dates.
2. Boiled egg with cucumber
Eggs are nutritional powerhouses, and the beauty is that you can boil them up in advance and take them with you on the go! Slice or mash the egg and serve it on slices of cucumber. Try mixing a tad of curry powder through egg to spice it up!
3. Chia pudding
These tiny little seeds are bursting with fibre, omega 3 and protein. When mixed with some milk and berries, you have yourself a chia pudding that is delicious and nutritious. You can make them up a couple of days in advance in little jars and take them with you. You can even mix through some Superfood Powder for an extra boost!
4. Trail mix
This is an oldie, but a goodie. Throw a few nuts and seeds into a little container or snap lock bag and you have yourself a trail mix that will feed your brain. Walnuts, brazil nuts, almonds, pepitas, pine nuts and sunflower seeds are great for a trail mix- you can even throw in some goji berries and cacao nibs for some extra flavour!
5. Apple with almond butter
Simply slice an apple, dip it in a little almond butter and you have yourself a delicious snack! Keep a jar of almond butter (or any other natural nut butter) in your drawer at work and pack an apple with you for when that three-thirty-itis hits.
6. Tuna and brown rice crackers
This one is so simple, yet so nutritious! Tins of tuna do not need refrigerating, so you can literally take a tin of tuna with you anywhere and serve with a few brown rice crackers for an omega 3 and protein-rich snack!
7. Veggie sticks
Cut some carrot, cucumber, capsicum, celery, zucchini, mushroom or broccoli into sticks or slices, bag them up and take them with you for a healthy, guilt-free snack. You can eat them alone or dip them into tahini, hummus or tzatziki.
8. Miso soup
This is the perfect snack when you’re sick of drinking tea or filtered coffee. Simply mix miso paste (you can buy it in a jar or convenient sachets) with hot water and there you have it- miso soup. It is comforting and will nourish your gut.
9. Protein shake
As long as you have access to water, you can make a protein shake anytime, anywhere. Portion up single serves of protein powder (such as Synd-X) into little containers or snap lock bags, so you can easily mix up a protein shake when the hunger hits. Protein will balance blood sugar and sustain your energy throughout the day.
10. Vegetable juice
You can make up big batches of fresh juice in advance and freeze it in glass jars to drink later. Take a jar out of the freezer in the morning, to enjoy during the day for an antioxidant boost! You can wait until it’s fully defrosted, or eat it with a spoon as an icy treat. See Dr Cabot’s book- Raw Juices Can Save Your Life for fruit and vegetable combinations to use in your juices.