5 Nutritious Snacks to Stop Cravings
A hard-boiled egg makes a convenient, transportable snack. Filled with high quality protein, iron and B vitamins, it’s highly nutritious – but perhaps little bland. Keep your taste buds happy by adding a pinch of paprika and sea salt. Always buy free range, organic eggs as they have more immune-boosting nutrients such as omega 3 fatty acids and beta-carotene (and come from happier chickens!).
Fresh seasonal fruit and non-dairy yogurt
You’ll get a healthy dose of antioxidants from the fruit, along with protein in yogurt, which helps prevent inflammatory blood sugar spikes. Sheep and goats’ yogurt is preferable to yogurt made from cow’s milk as it is less allergenic, purer and easier to digest. Soy and almond options are good options too.
Organic yogurt with a handful of crumbled walnuts
A crunchy and creamy treat that’s rich in healthy omega 3 fatty acids, as well as energy-boosting nutrients. Substitute seeds like sunflower, sesame and chia if nuts are problematic.
With magnesium, zinc, and essential fatty acids – pumpkin seeds are a great snack for boosting energy levels as well as getting the nutrients you need to relax when it’s bedtime. These are great for keeping in your purse when you’re strapped for time!
Banana & Chia pudding
They may be small, but they pack a powerful nutritional punch. Chia seeds are truly super because they deliver a huge amount of nutritional benefit for very few calories. They are similar in many ways to flax but you don’t have to grind them to get all their health promoting benefits. When added to liquid they swell up and become almost like a rice pudding and take on the flavour the other ingredients. Try other variations of chia pudding and use fruit juice instead of milk (pomegranate works well) and mango instead of banana. Add in nuts, seeds and dried fruit to find your own clever combinations with the flavours that you love. Make this in advamce and enjoy later!
1 cup non-dairy milk (I prefer unsweetened almond milk)
1 small ripe banana
1 tsp vanilla
2 medjool dates
3 tbs chia seeds
a few walnuts (optional)
dash Himalayan salt
Blend the milk, banana, vanilla and Medjool dates together until well combined. Add the chia seeds and mix well, transfer to bowls & cover or Tupperware and refrigerate overnight.
So, there you have it – some simple, healthy snacks to stabilize blood sugar levels and keep you feeling full and happy. What’s your favourite?