Five Healthy Snacks to Satisfy Sweet Cravings

Pack these healthy snacks on your way to work for a simple way to ensure you feel full and satisfied
throughout the day. Dried fruit, nuts, rice cakes and more are sure to help that 3 pm pick me up.

  1. Bananas

    Packed with fibre and vitamins, bananas keep me fuller for longer than many other water-based suits like melon. They're one of the easiest to carry too - complete with their own handy jacket.

    tip: when bananas age and begin to show brown spots, they are developing a sweeter taste. Thats because they become higher in sugar as the fruit ripens (and why un-ripe bananas are kinda gross). For a lower-sugar option, go for the just-ripe, yellow skinned ones.

  2. Dark Chocolate

    You might be forgiven for thinking chocolate is off the menu when it comes to being healthy, but a few squares of good-quality dark chocolate is packed with antioxidants. The darker the chocolate, the better - it contains less sugar and other ingredients like milk powders, and more of the raw cacao bean that has all the great nutrients. Even better: make your own, and read all bout the benefits of raw, homemade chocolate (with a heap of inspiring chocolate recipes) right here.

  3. Greek Yoghurt

    With plain Greek yogurt you get tons of protein (for a healthy metabolism) and very little sugar. It also means you can enjoy a bigger serve than the sugary yoghurts, if you're hungry for it. It also makes a great post-workout snack if you're not keen on protein shakes. Quick, simple, and super tasty. Add a few berries if you need it sweet.

  4. Protein Balls

    When you need something more than satisfying that fruit, but you just don't want to run to the vending machine - protein balls are your snacking saviour. I have heaps of them when I was cutting out sugary treats, to make the transition a lot easier. Look for balls that are low in sugar though - of you kind of defeat the purpose.

  5. Nuts

    My go-to snack when I'm craving a treat - the fats in nuts help to provide slow-releasing fuel so that your tummy stays crave-free for longer. They're don't cause those pesky blood sugar highs and lows either -  bringing a halt to your 3pm slumps and incessant cravings. Weigh out 30g of any kind (one serve) and take with you on the go - I love almonds and cashews, but remember to mix it up to get a variety of nutrients from all nuts. You can also throw seeds in there too!

 

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Sally O'Neil - Editor in Chief

Sal is on a mission to prove that healthy and nutritious doesn’t have to be boring – and that even while staying in shape you can have your cake and eat it too. After losing 14kg from adopting a healthier lifestyle, she shares her journey with others on The Fit Foodie Blog. She also writes for national health magazines, has launched a range of Protein Ball Mixes: Fit Mixes, and is the author of Love Move Eat (Bauer Media, 2017).