Healthy options to kick your salty & sweet snack cravings


cupcakesInappropriate snacking has been the downfall of many a well thought out nutrition plan, so it’s time to address this issue! Given some of us have a sweet tooth and some have a savoury side, we thought we’d give you some healthy snack ideas to address either craving.

If you want salty foods

You may actually be thirsty. Try a glass of water or tea, wait five minutes and see if it sorts the cravings.

If that doesn’t work, healthy savoury snack ideas include:

  • Beef jerky (high protein, low fat – just watch the sodium intake)
  • Carrot or celery sticks with hummus
  • Small handful of nuts (preferably unsalted/not roasted)
  • Pita bread (toasted and cut into strips) with hummus
  • Wholegrain crackers (<9g fat per 100g) with tuna, cottage cheese and tomatoes
  • Rice crackers with cottage cheese, salsa or hummus
  • Vege soup with wholegrain crackers and small cheese sticks
  • Boiled eggs
  • Thinly spread peanut butter on wholegrain crackers
  • Thinly spread marmite/vegemite on wholegrain crackers or crispbread

If you’re craving sweet foods

Healthy snack ideas include:

  • Milkshake (blend low fat milk, low fat yoghurt and banana or berries – can add protein powder too!)
  • A piece of fruit toast
  • Small handful dried fruit
  • Small pottle of yoghurt (low fat and low in sugar)
  • One large or two medium pieces of fruit (or a handful of smaller fruit such as grapes or berries)
  • Trim hot chocolate (to sort those chocolate cravings!)
  • Two small boiled sweets (140kj instead of five squares/25g chocolate at 525kj!)
  • Low fat/low sugar muesli bar or snack bar (pref. < 600kJ,Β  saturated fat <2g, sugar <10g)

What are your favourite healthy snacks? Let us know and comment below!

Photo / FreeDigitalPhotos.net –Β Grant Cochrane

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