Keeping healthy snacks on-hand is super important, especially on busy work days. Fuelling your body and mind every couple of hours keeps your brain on the ball and in working order to ensure that you’re energetic and ultimately, highly productive.
I always find that on days when I forget to pack a snack, my brain is groggy and slow and I end up bingeing on a huge lunch of something fatty and unhealthy. To keep your metabolism quick and steady, it’s always best to eat small bits every couple of hours — that way you’re never so starving that you’ll eat anything and your energy levels are always up.
To me, the best snacks are things like fruit and granola bars. The natural sugars in berries and bananas satisfy my sweet tooth and give me an extra boost to tackle my day. Check out my top five favourite healthy snacks to help you power through your day:
1. Apples and almond butter
Apples make for a great snack because they give you a burst of energy and they have a little bit of sweetness to keep you going. I like almond butter instead of peanut butter because it’s less sugary but still has that satisfying nutty flavour.
2. Granola bars
Munching on a granola bar at around 3 o’clock makes for a great mid-afternoon snack. Be careful, though — some bars are packed with sugar and preservatives. I use this article as my guide to choosing which bars are safe and which aren’t as healthy as they market themselves to be.
A handful of nuts between breakfast and lunch is super filling and satisfying. They’re packed with good fats and other nutrients to maintain a healthy, balanced diet. I also like tossing some almond slivers into my salads for an extra crunch.
4. Carrots and hummus
I find that munching on carrots throughout the day helps keep hunger pangs at bay so I don’t gorge myself on fatty foods at the end of the day. Hummus is a lovely and healthy way to add some flavour to the mini-meal.
5. Unsweetened iced green tea
I know this isn’t exactly a snack, but green tea makes for a great pick-me-up when you’re not famished but still craving a little post-lunch treat. It doesn’t have any calories so you can sip on it all day long, and it keeps your metabolism working between meals.
What are your favourite healthy snacks?! Let me know in the comments below!