Give your Snacks a Makeover: 10 Healthy Snack Ideas

Is it time for a change?

Want to work on improving your snacks? Take a peek at our guide to healthy snacking habits and inspiring healthy snack ideas to get you on the right path.

Put “green-light” snacks in plain sight.

Fresh fruits and veggies should be the first thing you see when you open your fridge . Ideally, everything should also be pre-washed and trimmed if necessary and portioned into easy-to-grab single servings. Apply the same strategy to your pantry with popcorn, nuts and other shelf-stable snacks. Budget 15 minutes after your grocery-store run to getting everything squared away.

Keep treats out of sight or out of the house.

This one seems like a no-brainer, but can be a hard rule to follow! If you absolutely can’t control yourself around certain trigger foods,  you’re better off not having them at home at all . Otherwise, stash them in the back of the fridge or freezer, so they’re not an in-your-face temptation. Having a list can help you stick to your good intentions once you step into the supermarket.

What you should remove from your pantry.

Take a trash bag, don’t worry you won’t throw out anything, you will just make donation of what you don’t need. Do you find easy to recognise processed food, cookies, cereal bars, soda, fruit juice, candies, chips… “Simply” remove it from your fridge and pantry.

Now it’s time to start thinking about everything that’s left. This is where you consider the difficult foods that you really want to keep but you know probably are not the best for you. I can’t force you to remove it, but I will give you this advice: you’ll be more likely to stick with the food choices you’re about to make when you get to the grocery store if you don’t have your old staples to fall back on.

What healthy snacks you should have. Is your pantry clear?

Are you ready to fill it up with healthy snacks? 

Now is the right time to make your snack shopping list!  

Shopping List 

 Recommended portion

 Baked almond unsalted 

 10 pieces 

 Peanut butter   

 3 celery sticks + 1 tablespoon peanut butter

 Celery

Baby carrots

5 pieces

Egg

1 hard boiled egg

Plain popcorn- no added salt or sugar 

1 cup

Pumpkin Seeds

2 tablespoons

Dried fruit and nuts mix

1/4 cup

Hummus

1/3 cup + raw veggies

Whole grain crackers

2 + 1 tablespoon hummus

Plain yoghurt

1 unit / 1 cup

 

Treat your snacks as a great opportunity to fit in another serving of whole grains, fruits and vegetables.  These foods are healthier than salty snacks and sweets. They will also fill you up and give you the energy you need.

Regardless of how many snacks you are used to having per day, portion sizes are the key to controlling your blood glucose and avoiding weight gain.