Top 10 Snack Choices
These days with increasing demands on our time, many of us don’t eat regular meals and snacks. The result is often poor food choices – like high fat high sugar snacks, overeating because of long breaks between meals or simply not getting enough of the right foods we need each day for good health.
Despite what many people think, snacking can actually be good for you! There are plenty of health benefits for regular snackers:
- Snacking for energy: about 2-3 hours after eating, our energy levels start to drop and we feel tired and sluggish – this is when we need an energy boost from a healthy snack.
- Snacking for a Healthy Weight: Snacking also helps maintain a healthy metabolism, which can help with a healthy weight. If you skip meals the body’s metabolic rate can slow down and this can lead to weight gain.
- Snacking for a Nutrition Boost: If you choose snacks wisely, healthy snacking can also add important vitamins and minerals to your diet that you might otherwise miss.
The top ten snack choices…
Choosing the wrong type of snacks is a big problem for many people. Snacks like cakes, biscuits, lollies and chocolate can add extra fat, sugar and kilojoules – so these are not good everyday choices. Healthy snack food choices are those that are low in saturated fat and high in fibre – but be sure you choose wisely! The following top ten are all great snack food choices to keep you powering through the day.
1,2 and 3. Fruit
Whether its fresh, canned or frozen – your top three choices for a delicious and read to go snack has to be fruit! For good health it is important to have at least two serves of fruit each day – canned, fresh or frozen. A serve of fruit is equal to 1 medium or two small pieces, 1 cup fresh or a tablespoon or dried fruit.
Fresh fruit is unique in that its packed a ready to go – try bananas, pears, apples, oranges and mandarins for an eat anywhere snack. Canned fruit is another quick and easy snack that has a long shelf life and is great to keep in your cupboard or drawer at work. And finally a handful of dried fruit is packed with energy, vitamins and minerals and can keep you going between meals.
Health authorities recommend at least five serves of vegetables each day with a serve of vegetables classified as half a cup cooked or 1 cup of salad vegetables. Vegetable sticks teamed with low fat salsa makes a tasty low fat snack, while mug of vegetable soup makes a great warm winter snack. For a quick vegie fix on the fun try a freshly squeezed vegetable juice.
5. Low fat yoghurt
For a cool snack you can’t go past low fat yoghurt, whether its natural or fruit flavoured this quick and easy snack is low GI and is a great source of calcium.
6. Nuts and seeds
Packed with healthy fats, vitamin and minerals a handful of nuts and seeds makes an easy snack at work or home and is great for heart health!
7. Low fat milk drink
Whether it’s a hot milk with milo, a low fat fruit smoothie or a low fat soy drink – for a quick fill up with long lasting energy a milk drink is a great tasting, yet nutritious snack.
8. Wholegrain crackers
There is a great range of wholegrain crackers on the market – great for a mid morning or afternoon snack. Try topping crackers with some avocado or ricotta cheeses and tomato for a tasty treat.
9. English muffin, crumpet or fruit loaf
Topped with a drizzle of honey, jam or peanut butter; English muffins, crumpets or fruit loaf makes a hunger stopped snack.
10. Rice crackers
On their own or teamed with a low fat dip, rice crackers make a tasty snack everyone can enjoy.