Healthy Snacks: Diet Conscious Options for Eating Between Meals
Getting hungry at unusual times is almost inevitable. What we can control, however, is what we eat when it happens. For this article, we've selected a number of healthy snacks to enjoy between meals.
At certain times of the day, be it mid-morning or mid-afternoon, we get the craving. We feel hungry and end up snacking on just about anything, and our choices are mostly unhealthy. To help you avoid this, we have come up with a list of healthy snacks that you can enjoy between meals.
Carrying healthy snacks in your backpack or handbag will prevent you from buying junk food at the supermarket bakery or from a vending machine. They are great allies in maintaining control over what you eat, allowing you to snack between meals without feeling guilt over straying from your diet.
In this article, we offer you a selection of healthy snack options for your home, work, and when you are on the go. The main idea is that they are both healthy, delicious and appetizing enough to keep us from binging on junk.
Healthy snacks: yogurt with fruit and cereal
Natural yogurt is the perfect choice for snacking between meals. We can even bring it to work and eat it when we feel a craving. If we are at home, we can add healthy ingredients to make it more appetizing, ensuring that we feel full until it is time for our next proper meal.
We suggest pouring some yogurt into a glass. It is best to opt for natural or low-fat yogurt. Then, add slices of your favorite fruit and a few spoonfuls of muesli. Simply stir it up and your healthy snack is ready.
Hummus with carrot sticks
Hummus is an old recipe known for its healthiness. You can buy a ready-made variety, but we recommend that you make your own and store it in the fridge. It will keep for several days, and makes a perfect snack on toast or even in a sandwich.
You will need a can of garbanzo beans, two tablespoons of tahini, a tablespoon of olive oil, and the juice of half a lemon. Mix the ingredients, whip them, and you are done! You now have a healthy snack that will last for days.
The healthiest way to enjoy hummus is with carrot and cucumber sticks. Dip them in the hummus and watch as your between-meal hunger disappears. This is a healthy snack with plenty of added nutritional benefits, as it is made from vegetables and legumes.
Apples and nuts
Apples and nuts: it is that easy! This is an example of why there is no excuse to not eat healthy snacks. Excuses like not having time or not being able to cook, don’t apply here.
There is nothing simpler than putting an apple and a small portion of nuts in your bag before you leave the house. As you can see, healthy eating does not have to be complicated. Thanks to such accessible and nutritious ingredients, satisfying your cravings is incredibly easy.
We could have chosen other foods, but we picked these 2 for the following reasons:
- An apple is very low in calories and packed with vitamins and minerals. It will satisfy your hunger whilst helping you to digest. Moreover, it strengthens your bones and improves your cardiovascular health.
- You should only eat a handful of nuts because of their high caloric content. Nuts also offer a number of benefits, particularly cholesterol regulation and antioxidants.
A mini turkey and tomato sandwich
Who said sandwiches cannot be healthy? All you need to do is make sure the portion is appropriate, choose the right bread, and use healthy ingredients. A mini-sandwich is perfect for those of us who spend all day at work. Simply prepare it the night before and wrap it in aluminum foil.
Our recommendations for making a mini-sandwich are with a whole-wheat or multigrain roll; this kind of bread is always healthier.
The image above will give you an idea of the appropriate size. Fill the roll with 2 slices of low-fat turkey and 2 slices of tomato. You can also add a leaf of lettuce or a slice of light cheese.