When it comes to food, we tend to be creatures of habit. If our mid morning snack is a handful of nuts then often we’ll stick with that day in day out. Variety is important when it comes to nutrition, so I’ve been looking at mixing up my in between meal snacks. Here’s some of my new favourites.
Prunes always used to remind me of old people and constipation! But the truth is they taste amazing and they’re good for you too. A small serve is all you need – 3 prunes (approx 26 grams) is perfect and it’s enough to tide you between meals. Eat with a glass of water, and the prunes will swell in your stomach helping keep you full. These are my go to snack when I feel like something sweet. It’s 6g of sugar but gets rid of any sweet cravings I have. Prunes are also high in antioxidants and potassium.
A 26g serve is just 67 calories, and provides 1.8g fibre. It has less than 1g of fat and 6g of sugar.
This is a delicious blend of almonds, raisins, papaya strips, roasted cashews, pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds. A small handful makes a nutrient rich in between meal snack that’s high in healthy fats. A 150g bag is approximately $5.60 at Countdown supermarkets.
Vita Weat Crackers
Another favourite at the moment is Vita Weat 9 grain crackers spread with garlic and chives cottage cheese. The garlic and chives cottage cheese has a really nice flavour and adds protein. Between 2-4 of these spread with cottage cheese is a good snack option.