So here we are at the third part of this series. I’ve talked about why we might enjoy snacking and where a snack might be an appropriate addition to your day’s intake. I’ve also mentioned why a typical snack you find at a café might not be what we want to see in a snack and I’ve posted a whole lot of ideas for some homemade morsels that are dead easy to put together.
It’s important now I think to go over the other form of snack, the pre-packaged items that you would find at the supermarket.
This isn’t mean to be an exhaustive list, but rather just enough to give you some ideas. The best thing that I like about these is that they are all portion controlled, which can really help with weight control.
Nut bars. These are great as they tend to be lower in high GI carbohydrates than muesli bars. I am a fan of the “Go Natural” range of nut bars as they don’t contain much sugar, have a great fat profile and contain some fiber.
Yoghurts. Plain is best but fruit ones are okay as well. Try looking for ones with 15g of sugar or less per 100g. Chobani yoghurts are fantastic because they contain quite a bit of protein per serve, which can help you feel fuller for longer. Another great option is to buy some Greek yoghurt and drizzle with honey.
Be wary of dessert type yoghurts, as these can contain a large number of kilojules and should be eaten as a treat, not as a snack.
Popcorn. Air popped popcorn isn’t a bad choice nutritionally, especially if there aren’t any added ingredients. Stick to the small bags.
I think between this post and the last I’ve covered off a fair few snacks and hopefully given you some ideas. If in doubt, I’ll leave you with this little check list.
Things to look for in a packaged snack:
- Contains a mix of protein, fats and carbohydrates to help fill me up
- Contains some fiber (at least 2g per 100g)
- Is low in sugar (up to 15g per 100 for fruit or dairy based snack, less for foods without these)
- Doesn’t have too much fat and saturated fat
I hope you’ve found this topic interesting and informative. Make sure to check back next week for a new topic (I’m so excited for the next couple of weeks!).