As you go about your busy day - back to back meetings, full days at university, or your nine-to-five - you might want to bring with you some healthy snacks, or maybe you’ve set a goal to eat healthier in the new year. Either way we hear you!
You may be in search of something quick and easy to slip into your lunch box or have right next to you at your desk! We get it; sometimes we need some wholesome snacks to get us through the day!
The time between breakfast and lunch can seem SO long (especially when you’re feeling a little peckish). But a good and healthy snack can sometimes do the trick!
So, what are healthy snacks to take with you as you go about your daily activities?
We're going to start with the most obvious (and popular) choice. Yes, that's right - fruit!
Fruits contain vitamins and minerals and are a popular snack choice. Bringing a banana or apple with you to work or university is super easy! Or, if you like, you may want to prepare a fruit salad, so you get to enjoy a variety such as watermelon, berries, and grapes.
Fruits are generally seasonal, so don't be afraid to ask which fruits are best in that particular season!
It's recommended to eat two to five servings of fruit a day; this may differ for those who have intolerances or other health matters. So, ensure you're consuming what's best for your body and health! If you're unsure, please check with your health care professional.
As well as fruit, what are healthy snacks to enjoy as we go about our day?
MIXED NUTS AND SEEDS
These small and yummy snacks are super easy to take with you. They provide a good balance of healthy fat, protein and fibre. Do keep in mind to eat nuts in moderation as they can be high in calories and fat. A little can go a long way, so make sure you stick to the recommended amount!
HARD BOILED EGGS
As a great source of protein, eggs are one of the healthiest foods! They also contain vitamins K2 and B12, and generally speaking they may be filling for some!
Ensure you consume eggs in moderation. Two large, hard-boiled eggs have approximately 140 calories and contain about 13 grams of protein.
Not a fan of eggs and after a healthy snack you can prepare at home? We’ve got one that we absolutely LOVE!
Protein balls are super easy to make and are packed with flavour! Because of the protein content, they may also help to keep you fuller for longer. We can't go past a yummy protein ball and love using different ingredients and trying new flavours.
One of our favourites are berry protein balls. We've got a great recipe we think you'll love too!
Here's what you'll need to make them:
Have ready one cup of dates (soaked), one cup of almonds, two tablespoons of our yummy berry whey protein powder, and one tablespoon of honey or rice malt syrup. You'll also need the juice of half a lemon, a 1/3 of a cup of goji berries, two tablespoons of coconut oil (melted), and ½ a cup of desiccated coconut, plus extra to roll.
To make the protein balls, soak the dates in warm water for 15 minutes. Then, strain them and set them aside.
Next, add the almonds to a food processor and blend them for 1-2 minutes until it forms an almond meal consistency.
Then, add all the remaining ingredients and blend them until well-formed.
Lastly, roll the mixture into balls and coat them in desiccated coconut. Place them in the fridge to set for approximately 20 – 30 minutes.
View the recipe on our website here. Thanks, Malissa Fedele for this great recipe!
So, what are healthy snacks you might bring with you? Are any of these going to make your list?
For more inspiration, check out our blog or recipes page.