It’s 3p.m. and your stomach is screaming for a snack. You can’t really be bothered going out and buying something, and that pack of chips you have in the back of the cupboard is looking real nice, but there are better options that won’t leave you feeling guilty and sluggish.
So what makes a smart snack? Ideally, you’ll want something that includes a mix of complex carbohydrates and protein to keep you full, but when you’re left with not much choice, it’s just about choosing something that tides you over until the next meal, with the healthiest ingredients you can find.
“It can be easy to reach for the chips and dip when you find yourself working from home or hanging around the house in winter,” says Nutritionist Reece Carter. “Below are my go-to snacks for when you’re at home and find yourself hungry between meals, with only the basics in your kitchen.”
Try these 5 next time you’re stuck for a snack.
Soft boiled eggs with avocado soldiers
I love this as a snack because it’s easy, delicious, and who doesn’t love the combination of eggs and avo? Eggs are basically nature’s protein ball. They are packed with high-quality protein, healthy fats and B vitamins to help you recover after exercise, keep you feeling fuller for longer and great for sustained energy. Plus, they’re super cost effective at less than $1 a serve! Make sure you’re eating the whole egg rather than just the egg whites because the whole egg contains more vitamins, minerals and protein with three whole eggs containing the equivalent protein of 6 egg whites on their own.
Homemade hummus with carrot sticks
We all have a rogue can of chickpeas sitting in our pantry, and what better way to put it to use than a delicious homemade hummus with some chilli flakes, a squeeze of lemon and some carrot sticks for dipping? Chickpeas have lots of protein in them, making them a nutritious snack.
Apples and Peanut Butter
Feel like something a bit sweeter? Apple slices dipped in PB are a match made in heaven. Apples are high in antioxidants, as well as fibre for good gut health.
A healthy twist on chips and dip
Chips and dip are normally very high in salt. Why not try substituting your dip for a homemade salsa of tomatoes, red onion, lime and coriander? And for the chips? Cut wholegrain tortillas into triangles and toast them until crunchy.
Air Fried Popcorn
What about using those corn kernels that have been hanging around your pantry? Just toss popcorn kernels with ¼ tablespoon olive oil into your air fryer for a delicious snack.