Have you ever checked the fridge for food, decided there’s nothing, and then returned ten minutes later to check again with lower standards?
Then you know the power of snack cravings.
If your body is telling you to eat, you should eat! But the best kind of snack is one that will hit the spot and curb cravings without throwing off your healthy eating habits.
We’ve rounded up 10 quick, tasty snacks to keep those cravings at bay.
1. Greek Yoghurt
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, Greek yoghurt is a gift sent from the gains gods.
It’s high in protein, low calorie, and can come in different fat percentages depending on what you’re looking for.
Being incredibly versatile means it can be made into a sweet or savoury snack. It’s a good idea to always have a tub handy in the fridge for when you inevitably go looking.
2. A Hot Cuppa
Now that winter is setting in, a snack that doubles as a hand warmer is definitely appealing.
Herbal teas are low-cal, or you could even make your own hot honey, ginger and lemon drink. Opt for a green tea to also build metabolism.
A hot cuppa is the snack equivalent of a hug.
3. Protein Balls
Protein balls, energy balls, bliss balls — no matter what you call them, they are delicious balls of energy that really hit the spot.
The best thing about protein balls is that they are so easy to make yourself!
Protein balls help build lean muscle mass and give you a great energy hit, which makes them perfect for 30-60 minutes before or after a workout.
4. Miso Soup
Miso soup is a low-fat, low-calorie snack that many people have to stave off hunger in between main meals. It’s also super inexpensive and a great alternative to other pre-made soup options.
Miso embodies the savoury flavour “umami” which is the fifth taste sensation and makes foods savoury, complex and hearty.
It’s this umami flavour that makes miso soup deeply satisfying despite the low-calorie content.
5. Nut Butter and Friends
Nut butter is high in fats, which means you’ll feel more full. And that means fewer return trips to the fridge.
Apple slices topped with peanut butter complement each other beautifully. Apples are high in fibre and peanut butter is packed with protein and vitamins (just be sure you get the natural stuff). Almond butter smeared on a banana is another super tasty combination and will also bolster your potassium intake.
Basically, nut butter paired with crisp or creamy textures is a foolproof snacking formula.
6. Chia Pudding
Chia pudding is made using chia seeds and a milk of your choice. Almond milk is our pick as it has fewer carbs and calories than cow’s milk while still being creamy.
Chia pud is packed with fibre to help digestion. It’s a pudding because the chia seeds take on an interesting, jelly-like consistency when soaked.
Use empty sauce jars to store it in your fridge and get creative with flavours.
7. The Humble Egg
The simple egg is often overlooked as a standalone snack.
Eggs are regarded as a ‘complete’ source of protein as they contain all nine essential amino acids, including the ones we cannot synthesise in our bodies and must obtain from our diet.
Boil for 8 minutes, cut in half, sprinkle with salt and pepper and voila! An unprocessed, high protein snack.
8. Healthy Popcorn
What is “healthy popcorn”? It’s unfortunately not the kind you get at the cinema, but don’t be disheartened! This crowd favourite can be made at home.
You can either air-pop your popcorn, which uses no oil and has the fewest calories. Or you can pop it in oil as a way to consume a healthy portion of fat to control hunger. Opt for walnut, avocado or extra virgin olive oil.
Try sprinkling with vinegar if you want to add some tang.
9. Kale Chips
We know, we know. Kale is old news as a superfood. But kale is packed with antioxidants, fibre, calcium and heaps of vitamins, so it’s hard to deny the benefits.
Often snack cravings are just the desire for something salty. Sprinkle your chips with salt to get your fix while also gaining nutritional benefits.
10. Cherry Tomatoes and Mozzarella
The Italians knew what they were doing when they paired tomato and cheese. Fresh acidity plus creamy cheese equals molto bene. To level up, top with basil leaves.
Tomatoes are high in vitamin C and mozzarella is high in protein and calcium. As a rough rule of thumb, the whiter the cheese the less fat content.
Overall, when it comes to snacking, aim for whole foods over anything processed to minimise hidden calories.
Just like main meals, snacking is all about having everything in moderation. If you’re really, really craving a certain food, just have it!
Keen to hear more about foods that are good for when you’re cutting calories? Take a look at our blog post on These 10 Essential Foods to Take Your Cut to the Next Level.
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