It can be a real challenge to make it through the day without giving in to the temptation of a snack. When it gets to about 4pm and you’re starting to get a bit peckish, but it’s too early for dinner, a snack really hits the spot. Unfortunately, snacks also play a huge role in weight gain. This is because the majority of people snack on things that are easy to consume and that satisfy a craving. Candy, chips, cookies – these are all prime targets for the avid snacker.
But, what if you could enjoy a snack or two throughout the day without the guilt and extra calories? Well, it turns out that you can actually do that and you don’t have to spend hours preparing fancy nibbles – you just need to substitute sugar and saturated fat for something a little healthier. Here are a few simple and healthy snack ideas to help you reform your snacking habits.
Cottage Cheese with Avocado
This snack can be whipped up in about 30 seconds and will hit the spot. Simply cut and avocado in half and remove the stone. Then, fill the hole with 1% cottage cheese. This is a rich but healthy snack that will fill you up but won’t pile on the calories. It has loads of protein and fibre, both of which will help your body become more energy efficient.
Edamame beans are a superfood and are becoming more and more popular in our Western culinary scene. This means that if you pop into the local supermarket you have a good chance of finding a ‘grab and go’ tub of them, which is perfect if you can’t be bothered to cook them yourself. Just one cup of these magic beans contains 17 grams of protein and less than 200 calories. This is the kind of healthy snack you can munch on all day and not feel bad about it afterwards.
Walnut and Pear on Toast
Walnut and pear might sound like a weird combo but don’t knock it until you’ve tried it! This recipe is nice and simple. Throw a slice of sourdough or wholegrain bread in the toaster and, while it is toasting, start making the spread. Chop up a pear and a handful of walnuts and mix it all in with some low-fat cottage cheese. Then, spoon the concoction onto the toast and enjoy. It doesn’t get much more simple and delicious than this. As a bonus, walnuts contain serotonin, a hormone that makes you feel happy.
Asparagus and Egg
This is another delightfully simple and low-calorie recipe that will fill you up for a while. Grab a handful of asparagus and either cook them or wash them and serve them raw. Next, boil yourself an egg (or grab an egg you’ve already boiled out of the fridge). Slice it all up and pop it on a plate and you’re good to go. The egg is a great source of protein while the asparagus will take care of your fibre needs.