Eight of the Healthiest Diet Snacks

fruit with eyesOver 40% of women and 15% of men are on a diet at any one time. Being on a diet usually entails eating healthy meals and stopping snacking on fatty foods such as chocolate and potato chips, but what can you snack on whilst you’re on a diet? Unfortunately, we tend to think that we must miss out on snacks all together when we’re dieting – but that’s not the case. Cutting out snacks can actually make us overeat at our main meals, making us eat more calories overall than if we had eaten the snacks. Try to keep your snack calorie values at less than 150 calories for the best nutritional value and stick to three or four snacks a day between meals.

Banana

Bananas are fantastic snacks as they are full of vitamins, nutrients and potassium. Eat one banana per day either as it is or top some rice crackers with it as a great way to fill you up between meals. Bananas are also very easy to digest, making them a great choice for people who have trouble with constipation.

Broccoli

Broccoli is a wonderful snack –  try it raw, chopped into small florets served with a low-fat dip or salsa. Think of it as like a crudité. For the best broccoli, go to a farm shop and buy fresh as this snack doesn’t really work with frozen broccoli.

Carrots

Eat just one medium sized carrot and you’ll have all the vitamin A you need for one day. Carrots are full of nutrients and are delicious raw served with a low-fat dip. Cut them into sticks and keep them in a clip-lock box ready for snacking on whenever you feel a bit peckish.

Bran Muffin

Bran muffins are a great way of upping your intake of fibre and iron. They’re also the healthy way to eat cake – serve your bran muffin with some low-sugar jam or a tsp. of low fat spread for a tasty low fat snack.

Spicy Beans

Make up a quick bean salad by mixing together a tin of mixed beans with 1 tbsp. olive oil, 1 tsp. freshly chopped chilli, 1 crushed garlic clove and some salt and pepper. Pop it into a tub and snack on it when you’re feeling hungry throughout the day – mixed beans are a wonderful low-fat source of protein and carbohydrate, making them a great choice if you feel your energy levels dip mid-afternoon.

Low Fat String Cheese

You may be surprised to see this one on the list – but in fact, low-fat dairy products have actually been proven to speed up your metabolism and aid weight loss. String cheese is my suggestion as it’s portable and easy to throw into your bag before work or school – making it a little easier to snack on than a glass of milk!

Mini Chocolate Bar

We all have to have a treat occasionally, so why not buy a bag of fun-size or mini chocolate bars to keep your portions under control? Chances are, your favourite chocolate will be available in miniature and the bonus is, these chocolate bars come individually wrapped, allowing you to control your portion sizes with ease.

Vegetable Crisps

Vegetable crisps are a great way of getting more vegetables into you whilst also getting that potato chip flavour, so you don’t feel like you’re depriving yourself. Vegetable crisps can be made out of almost any vegetable – think beets, carrots, parsnips, swede and celeriac. If you can’t find ready-made vegetable crisps, make your own by finely slicing the vegetables of your choice on a mandolin before placing in one layer onto a baking tray. Pop into the oven for twenty minutes until crispy and voila!