Hungry Between Meals?
Most people get hunger cravings – be it because they’re not eating properly at meal times or because they’ve run out of the house without a proper breakfast.Wanting a snack isn’t a bad thing. Remember that for optimum health, it’s important to supply your body with a steady supply of nutrients, like drip feeding a baby.
Breakfast – Snack – Lunch – Snack – Dinner.
The problem is that popping into your local newsagent is a health death trap – chocolate or crisps are the nation’s favourite snacks. However, they are loaded with bad fats, sugar, salt and often all sorts of E numbers that you body cannot process. It can be hard to find snacks that aren’t ‘bad’ for us when on the run. Instead of getting that instant sugar hit that will raise you blood sugar levels, and then leave it to plummet back down a short while later, leaving you hungry again, try these as tasty, healthy alternatives.
Tomato, avocado and mozzarella
Make a small salad of these three delicious ingredients and add a drizzle olive oil and balsamic. Avocado contains essential fatty acids, tomatoes are high in anti-oxidants, vitamin C and iron, and the mozzerella adds a great source of protein.
Fruit, nut and seed salad
Easy to make and easy to carry around in a little pot. Fruit, nuts and seeds will provide that balance between proteins and carbohydrates. Chop and change the mix to keep it interesting.
Cottage cheese and vegetable/fruit crackers
Mix some diced cooked beetroot, tomato, cucumber, or some pineapple in with some cottage cheese. You can even add a large dollop of horseradish to give the mix a bit of kick. Spread on a cracker or wholemeal toast.
Hard Boiled Egg
While a hard boiled egg may not sound like the most exciting of snacks, they are easy to prepare, easy to transport and very good for you, containing Omega-3 essential fatty acids. Eat with a sprinkle of pepper and sea salt.
Oven-dried tomatoes with hummus or goat’s cheese
These are dead easy to make, halve the tomatoes, add a sliver of garlic and some thyme to each and then cook in the oven on a low setting for four or five hours. Let them cool and eat with hummus or goat’s cheese.
Dried fruit and nuts
A small packet of mixed dried fruit and nuts is worth keeping around to snack on, but don’t eat too many. Eat just a handful to stave off those hunger pangs.
Hungry Between Meals? By The 4 D Trainer in Clapham