What are some easy, healthy choices?
When choosing a snack there are a couple of rules that you should always try and follow.
- It contains protein, complex carbohydrates and fat.
- It’s low in salt (sodium).
- It’s easy to take with you.
- It is natural.
Salmon and Avocado Sushi – Even better if you can find it with brown rice.
Crudités and Hummus – Carrot, celery and capsicum sticks with a small container of hummus dip.
Homemade Quinoa and Muesli Slice with seeds and nuts.
European Yoghurt – Buy non flavoured and add fresh or frozen berries. You can sweeten it with honey but try and wean yourself from any sweetener.
Beef Jerky* – I make my own terriyaki jerky from blade and rump steak. It is a great way of having protein on the go. If you buy commercial jerky, make sure you monitor the salt content.
Full fat Chocolate Milk – If you’re on the go and want something on par with a protein shake. It has been shown to replenish glycogen (energy in your muscles) more effectively than sports drinks and contains a good amount of protein, complex carbohydrate and the fat content means it is has a low GI.
Baked eggs – Place two strips of lean ham across the base of a muffin tin and crack an egg on top. Season with sea-salt and pepper and then place in a 180 degree oven for 10-12 minutes or until cooked. Turn out the muffin shaped baked eggs and allow to cool. They can be eaten hot or taken on the go.
Cheese and crackers – Tasty cheese slices and water crackers. Just avoid the temptation to open a bottle of wine!
Dried fruits*, nuts and seeds – Dried cranberries, raisins, currants, pineapple, almonds, cashews, pepitas, sunflower seeds, pecans, walnuts, dried apples etc – Put together a mix of your favorites.
* Although these products are commercially available you may wish to avoid the chemicals used in the dehydration process. I have an intolerance to the sulfur used in dried apricots and apples and therefore dry my own fruit and now I also make jerky. It’s a simple process and dehydrators are available for home use costing around $120, and if you buy your produce seasonally it is very cost effective. I built my dehydrator for around $40 and if you’d like the plans, just let me know!