One thing I hear from new clients is that they always struggle with healthy snack ideas or don’t have the willpower to say no to work treats. They have a tendency to put their hand into their works lollie jar or cookie jar instead. So, while I work with them on how to over come that and break their habit along with giving them some healthier snack ideas I thought it was only fair to share some of these snack ideas with you too.
Before becoming a Registered Clinical Nutritionist I worked in the corporate world for 4 years (in digital marketing), so I know how challenging it is to work in an office with temptations all around you, constant birthday morning tea’s or afternoon tea’s, department celebrations or meeting with lunch/nibbles being shouted, free snack cupboard, colleagues who constantly bring in delicious gluten, dairy and sugar filled baking or Friday night drinks and snacks. I get it, it’s a challenge. Willpower or saying no doesn’t just happen overnight but it is possible, because if I can do, so can you!
Willpower (or a mindset shift) will come when you start to make your health a priority, when you start to eat a balanced diet that balances blood sugar as this helps to reduce cravings, when you start to reduce stress so the need to “stress eat” declines, when you start practicing self-love and stop eating to fill an emotional gap, when you become more mindful and in tune with how your body and hunger is feeling.
Any who, I digress. Today I’ve decided to share with you 10 healthy nutritionist-approved snack ideas that hit the spot for when you’re feeling peekish but want to keep your health in check.
Nori wraps - an extremely nutritious and a fantastic way to bump up your daily iodine intake which is important to support thyroid health (which helps to support hormonal health, energy and weight management).
Homemade paleo protein bar - delicious and nutritious and only takes 5 minutes to whip up.
Green smoothie - filled with spinach, fruit, 1 tbsp nut butter or coconut oil, water/milk of choice and protein powder.
1-2 boiled eggs - you could boil up 6-8 eggs in the weekend and grab one or two to enjoy as a snack or tossed through a lunch meal.
A handful of nuts - another simple nutritious snack you can whip up in a matter of minutes.
An apple smeared with either tahini, almond/peanut butter - may sound strange but this one is a goodie, truse me!
Greek or coconut yoghurt topped with a handful of berries and a sprinkle of chia seeds, pumpkin seeds and cinnamon - a delicious and refreshing snack that can easily be whipped up in 2-3 minutes.
Coconut banana bread toasted and topped with peanut butter - because what’s life without a little bit of banana bread. This bread takes less than 10 minutes to make, it toasts well and also stores well in the freezer.