Satiating Snacks For The Holiday Season
With the holiday season at its peak, we are constantly surrounded by food and it may be tempting to snack more often than we should. There is nothing wrong with a good snack – in fact, snacks are great to satiate hunger between meals and give you a kick of energy throughout the day. But there are plenty of snacks out there that will only contribute to weight gain and make you feel sluggish and lethargic, instead of giving you the energy you need.
Check out our top sweet & savoury snack ideas that you can have during the holidays, so you don’t fall off the wagon and get the most out of your weight loss journey.
This crunchy snack is extremely satisfying when you’re craving chips and other salty snacks. Lay a single layer of kale out on baking tray, sprinkle with a little bit of sea salt (and a pinch of cayenne pepper if you like spice) and pop in the over until golden and crispy. You’ll be surprised by how delighfully tasty and satisfying this simple kale chip recipe is!
Hummus + Veggie Sticks
For those of you who love veggie sticks (like celery and carrots) on their own, chop them up and gobble them down! Plain veggies will benefit your body greatly. For those who need something extra for added flavour, try hummus dip! This snack is an excellent way to get your necessary 5 serves of veggies in each day, and you won’t have to keep an eye on how much veggies you eat!
Roasted Chickpeas or Roasted Almonds
These crunchy snacks are available for purchase already roasted, so you don’t need to put any time into preparation. Usually available in small pots and packets at your local grocery or health food store, these snacks are incredibly convenient for popping in your bag, keeping in your work drawer or leaving on your desk so there’s always a healthy snack within reach (and you aren’t tempted to partake in an oily packet of chips when they’re being passed around the office).
Who doesn’t love avocado? This delicious snack combines creamy with crunchy to satiate hunger ‘til your next meal! Pop a slice of wholemeal bread in the toaster until golden, then spread ¼ of a ripe avocado on top. Add pepper for added flavour and serve while warm!
Baked Sweet Potato
Cravings for hot chips and wedges can be strong, especially at lunchtime! Swap out deep fried, oily fries for baked, golden, crispy sweet potato wedges! Chop sweet potato into wedges and cover with herbs and spices of your choosing (our favourite mix: pepper, basil & a light sprinkle of cayenne pepper). Pop in the oven until soft on the inside and golden and crunchy on the outside. Squeeze fresh lemon juice on top for a zesty kick.
Apple + Peanut Butter
Surprisingly filling, an apple with a tablespoon of peanut butter is a great way to satisfy both your sweet and salty cravings. Just chop up an apple into slices and spread some peanut butter on each piece for a creamy, crunchy combo. Nice and simple!
Fruity, fresh and the perfect treat on a hot Summer’s day! Chop up your favourite fruits and mix them together in a bowl for a sweet treat, without the added sugar. Make sure you keep an eye on your serving sizes as fruits are high in sugar (and too much of anything is never a good idea)! The sky is the limit – toss any number of different fruits together for a mix of flavours or opt for one or two different types of fruits if you prefer. Enjoy!
Greek Yogurt + Berries
Looking for a sweet treat to satisfy your cravings ‘til dinner? Combine plain greek yogurt with berries and chia seeds to satisfy your sweet tooth without any artificial sweeteners. This snack is creamy, sweet and all natural, so you can feel full without the guilt!