Looking after a family is a busy job, so it’s no surprise if you occasionally have to skip meals or grab a chocolate bar to keep you going. But a healthy family starts with healthy habits, and when you opt for nutritious snacks, you’ll have more energy and feel more confident about ensuring young family members are eating well. What are healthy snacks, though? Read on for a few tips on how to snack, healthy style!
How to snack healthy: swap your snacks for better choices
If you don’t keep unhealthy snacks in the house, it’s a lot harder to eat them! Think about what snack swaps you can do – for example, trade chocolate bars for chocolate-covered corn cakes or crisps for crackers and cottage cheese. And make sure the fruit bowl is always stocked up and in sight. That way, there’s always something healthy at hand when you need it.
Pair snacks for well-balanced nibbles with our healthy snacks list
Want to make sure your snack is nutritionally balanced? Take a look at our healthy snacks list for a breakdown by food type to make child’s play of it. Try composing snacks using four groups of food:
- Protein (e.g. cooked meat, yoghurt, hummus, or cheese)
- Cereals (e.g. bread or crackers, preferably wholemeal variants, spread with Flora)
- Fruit (which can include some dried fruit or a smoothie)
- Vegetables (e.g. carrot, celery and cucumber crudités, slices of peppers or mangetout)
Just choose two foods from the groups – like yoghurt and fruit, cheese and crackers or chicken and vegetable crudités – and you’ve got yourself a quick, balanced snack.
Easy-to-make healthy snacks to satisfy your sweet tooth
Cakes and bakes can be more satisfying when you make them yourself and you know exactly what’s in them. Some examples of sweet yet healthy snacks to eat are fruit loaf, savoury muffins or cereal bars at the weekend, and keep them in an airproof container to enjoy during the week? Swap butter for Flora when you bake them – Flora Buttery has 70% less saturated fat. And, as well as making lighter, fluffier bakes, it gives you a little extra plant-powered goodness with omegas 3 and 6.
Sandwiches make speedy and healthy snacks to eat on the go
The humble sandwich is actually rather mighty when you think about it – there’s no cooking time, it’s super-fast and chances are you’ll already have everything you need in the kitchen. Just a couple of slices of bread spread with Flora, some protein (cheese, chicken, beef – whatever you fancy) and veggies, and you’re good to go! What also makes sandwiches genius healthy snacks to eat on the go is of course their format. Just grab it and munch away (or save it for your lunch break)!
Hopefully our tips will have inspired you to change a few snacking habits. For more inspiration, check out our recipes for easy-to-make healthy snacks. Happy snacking!