It’s 3 pm, you’re sitting at your desk, and you’re starting to fantasise about an afternoon treat. You’ve been working hard all day, and lunch seems like it was so long ago. You’re hungry, and the vending machine is all but calling your name. Would it be so bad to spend a few dollars on a chocolate bar?
Truth be told, it’s not the worst thing. In fact, it’s an entirely first-world conundrum. But think about how you’ll feel after that chocolate bar is a distant memory approximately 5 seconds after it dropped out of the machine. Not so great, are we right?
So what to do instead? We’ve got you covered, in today’s post, we’re going to give you a healthy bunch of snacks to try. These snacks are guaranteed to satisfy you and won’t give you a regret-filled sugar hangover.
Legumes like chickpeas are a brilliant source of fibre and protein. Fresh, zesty hummus will keep you feeling fuller for longer and is best paired with veggie dippers like carrot, celery and capsicum (avoid oily pita bread and chips).
The perfect little protein-packed package, an egg is a great snack. Research has shown a dip in your levels of appetite-stimulating hormone ghrelin when you eat eggs.
You already know we love a bit of avo here at CHEFGOOD. And for good reason! Avocado contains monounsaturated fats as well as a significant amount of fibre – both of which are going to keep you feeling fuller for longer.
A medium sized apple will provide you with almost 5 grams of fibre. And (you’re probably picking up on a theme here) that fibre will keep your tummy satisfied for longer. They’re also a great option if you’re craving something sweet. Make sure you don’t peel your apple – that’s where most of the fibre is!
A chia pudding or chia seeds added to a smoothie are an excellent source of fibre. They make another healthy sweet snack if you’ve got a craving.
Did you know that Greek yoghurt has twice the amount of protein of regular yoghurt? Add to that it’s also low in sugar and high in calcium; Greek yoghurt is looking like a smart snacking choice.
The humble almond has our top three hunger-satisfying components: fibre, fat and protein. A portable snack that’s going to fill you up when you need a boost.
When only chocolate will do, reach for the dark stuff. We’re talking 70% plus cocoa. A study has shown that eating dark chocolate resulted in participants eating fewer calories in their next meal.
Not technically food at all, but we couldn’t leave out H2O. Often when we’re feeling hungry, we’re dehydrated! Next time you have the urge to snack, try reaching for your water bottle first.
Many of our meals plans include snacks! Naturally, we use all of these healthy, nutrient-dense, and satisfying ingredients. You can order your meals and snacks here.