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10 Healthy snacks for on-the-go

Edamame_by_Zesmerelda_in_ChicagoWhether you’re trying to lose weight or sustain your current weight, snacking could help in achieving your goal.

What! Snacking we hear you cry!

Believe it or not, snacks aren’t necessarily the devil’s food – something to be avoided at all cost. In fact, they can be beneficial in weight loss, since regularly munching helps to keep blood sugar levels under control and can prevent over-eating at meal-times.

Of course, the key to snacking is to snack healthily. If you grab a packet of crisps and a doughnut to tide you over until dinner, your scales are definitely going to notice.

But before you snack, listen to your body. Check that it is actually hungry, or are you just being over-indulgent?

If you are hungry, as long as you have a healthy snack, keeping calories around the 100 -200 mark, you’ll stop your body from going into starvation mode and keep energy-related mood swings at bay.

Here’s our top 10 healthy snacks that are quick, easy and satisfying …

1. Greek yogurt with berries

A delicious, healthy snack that will curb a sweet tooth and fill you up. Mix a single-serving container of Greek yogurt with a selection of berries – raspberries, blueberries, strawberries – for added Vitamin C and plenty of antioxidants. Yummy!

2. Wholegrain cracker with Goat cheese

Opting for wholegrain crackers give you that full-feeling fibre that’s great to curb hunger through until lunch or dinner. Topped with goat cheese and you also benefit from vitamins D and K, and being fewer calories than cow’s cheese, you’ve got yourself a great healthy snack!

3. Nutrition bar

The important thing before buying any nutrition bar is read the label. Some have more sugar and calories than regular chocolate bars. Head to your local health food store for some of the better options, and just ensure the sugar levels are under 5g for a 30gram bar.

4. Boiled egg

A perfect snack for any day of the week. Eggs are packed full of protein, vitamins and minerals, and with only around 70 calories, they will fill you up but not expand your waist band.

5. Hummus

A yummy dip made from chickpeas, this snack is great for on the go. Hummus is full of protein so it helps fight hunger and keep blood sugar levels stable. Chop up a few carrot sticks, grab a pot (or even better – make your own) and there you have a healthy snack option.

6. Pumpkin seeds

Pumpkin seeds are a rich source of protein and essential nutrients. Grab a handful for those peckish moments, rather than a bowl of peanuts, to fill you up and stay healthy.

7. Edamame

These Japanese beans are full of protein and fibre goodness. In fact they are to the Japanese what popcorn and crisps are to the UK. Serve steamed with a sprinkling of salt, and voilà, you have a healthy and filling snack.

8. Oatmeal

Not just a great breakfast, oatmeal can be eaten at any time of day – just don’t have as much as you would at breakfast as this snack will seriously fill you up! High in fibre and if you throw in a few blueberries, you’ll get the added benefit of sweet vitamin C.

9. Banana

This fun yellow fruit is full of fibre and potassium. Fibre helps you stay fuller longer and potassium is key for muscle and nerve health.

10. Popcorn

Avoid the sugar, caramel and buttery flavours, and you’ve got yourself a fun healthy snack. Although be careful, this isn’t likely to fill you up as much as the other snacks listed above, so you may find yourself over-eating.

What’s your favourite snack that tides you over to dinner?

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