15 ideas for good-for-you snacks

Snack time is often when the hand goes to an unhealthy and un-energising sweet treat – a biscuit (or five or six), a chocolate bar from the vending machine, a piece of cake. How about these as alternative options?

Sweet

  • nakd bar
  • small handful (40g) of your favourite (raw) nuts: almonds, walnuts, pistachios, cashews, hazelnuts
  • small handful (40g) seed mix, such as pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, pine nuts (in some supermarkets you can find a ready-made seed mix for salad in just the right amount)
  • piece of fruit – banana, apple, nectarine, orange; or 1/2 cup of smaller fruit,  such as berries, cherries or grapes
  • 150ml organic, live (biogarde) yoghurt
  • yoghurt as above, mixed with fruit or good quality muesli
  • fresh coconut pieces (available in supermarkets)
  • 3-4 pieces dried fruit, such as apricots or prunes

Savoury

  • a cup of miso soup (look for instant sachets in supermarkets and health food stores)
  • 1/2 – 1 ripe avocado
  • hard boiled egg with 2 celery sticks
  • snack vegetables (cucumbers, tomatoes, radishes, peppers, celery)
  • a cup of clear soup, made with organic bouillon powder (‘Vetara’ is a good brand, available in health food stores) with 2 tablespoons oatmeal mixed in
  • 30-40g goat’s cheese or Gouda
  • 10 olives

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