Quick Easy and Healthy Snacks

When we are trying to lose weight or just stay as healthy as possible we all find snacks the most difficult to keep track of.  There are so many options to choose from.  When we are hungry, bored, tired, meeting friends for a coffee, etc we reach for a snack.  Most of the time snacking is mindless eating.  We reach for a snack without even thinking.  So how do we choose a healthy snack and satisfy that craving without completely sabotaging our calorie intake?

Flexible Dieting

We have to think of all the occasions we get caught out and end up reaching for the wrong snack.  Typically when you are working it is a good idea to have a healthy snack at hand especially during the afternoon slump when you can reach for the wrong snack for a quick fix.

Another occasion when it is especially difficult is if you are out and about.  You could be out for a cuppa with a friend – you choose a latte with a muffin or scone and before you know you have consumed 455 calories but if you choose a black coffee or a cuppa tea with the scone your calorie intake could be reduced to 276 calories.  It all makes a big difference to your daily calorie intake.  You might think that a latte isn’t a snack but it contains extra calories that you are not consuming as part of 3 meals so it is considered a snack or a treat!

So I wanted to share with you a few snack suggestions you can bring with you to work or pick up when out and about rather than going for the high calorie or high sugar options.  All of these can be purchased in your local shop and you could easily have them in your handbag or desk drawer.

  • Banana & Alpen Bar – 153 calories
  • Apple with peanut butter 30g-282 calories
  • Dark chocolate 2 squares – 111 calories
  • 2 dark chocolate rice cakes – 142 calories
  • Snack a Jacks – 108 calories
  • Banana – 81 calories
  • Flat white using low-fat milk 100 calories using full-fat milk 170 calories
  • Manhattan popcorn – 132 calories
  • Small pot Greek yogurt & 80g grapes – 132 calories
  • A handful of nuts (40g) – 204 calories

Also, try and always have water at hand.  As dehydration can often be confused with hunger.  So keep the water intake up and this may help with the mindless snacking.