Are you a serial snacker? Cravings can hit you anytime, anywhere, but there’s nothing worse than getting them at work. Your mind starts to wonder and it’s hard to concentrate and be productive.
These snack suggestions are tasty and good for you, packed with nutrients and able to curb your hunger so you don’t overeat come your next meal. Avoid mindless munching and reach for one of these for that much needed, mid-afternoon boost.
Nut Butter and Apple
If you want a quick snack to keep your energy levels high, try apple slices smeared with nut butter – try cashew, almond or walnut. Crammed with fibre, protein and fat, choose a 100 per cent natural nut butter with no added sugars.
High-protein, nutrient-rich almonds contain omega-9 fatty acid, the monounsaturated fat also found in olive oil that’s associated with good heart health. The skin is also beneficial, packed with flavonoids and antioxidants. They make for a filling snack by the handful, suppressing hunger until your next meal.
Slim Secrets Bare Bars and Designer Cookies
The best way to avoid temptation? Keeping a stash of healthy Slim Secrets snacks in your desk drawer! Try a Bare Bar Berries and Cream with your morning tea, or our Designer Cookies when you need help curbing three-thirty-itis. They’re made with a special blend of protein, fibre and chia seeds to keep the hunger monster at bay until dinnertime.
Celery and Hummus
Want something savoury? Hummus, made with whizzed up chickpeas and sesame seeds, contains lots of nutrients and beneficial fibres called lignans. They work to improve blood profiles, normalise blood pressure and enhance vitamin E absorption.
Sweet Potato and Tuna
You can pre-boil sweet potatoes and bring to work in a zip-lock bag. When you’re ready to snack, prick the skins and microwave them until they’re hot and fluffy. Take a can of tuna in spring water and drain before mixing with chilli flakes. Then pack it into your ‘baked’ potato for a delicious, filling, low-GI snack. Top with low-fat cottage cheese for extra texture.
Avocado Cacao Mousse
Step away from the vending machine. If you crave a chocolate bar, why not opt for this mousse instead? The avocado – whipped into a raw, sweet, chocolate-y frenzy – tastes creamy, nutty and decadent, but is actually good for you with plenty of good fats and a surprisingly high fibre content. Simply combine one ripe avocado with half a cup of raw cacao powder, four dates, a cup of water, half a vanilla pod and blend. Eat with a sprinkling of almonds and berries or spread onto toast, Nutella style.