We all get a little snacky now and again, right? As easy as it is to go for the chocolate biscuits or last night’s leftovers, ultimately, they will very quickly add up in calories and leave you feeling pretty unsatisfied. Find below 11 of our favourite healthy snacks to grab when you’re short on time, that won’t break the (cash or calorie) bank!
Make in Bulk
Make these super simple and delicious goodies in bulk over the weekend when time is on your hands, for when you need some quick and nutritious healthy snacks to munch on during the week!
1. AIR POPPED POPCORN
Popcorn is often associated with a lot of melted butter and being mixed in with Maltesers at the cinemas. Unfortunately, we don’t mean popcorn like that. We mean simply popping a little bit of salt in with corn kernels and POPPING the popcorn yourself. This only takes a couple of minutes and will provide you with a whole lot of gorgeous popcorn, with the easiest way to do this being in the microwave or in a pot over the stove.
A serving (50g) of kernels popped without oil from our favourite brand, Riviana Popping Corn Kernels, is only 190 calories! And that will provide you with a whole lot of delicious popcorn!
2. BLISS BALLS
Bliss balls are such a versatile, easy and delicious way to quickly enjoy a little sweet treat any time of day. There are hundreds of awesome recipes online, with flavours galore to suit you.
3. ROASTED CHICKPEAS
This has to be one of the easiest snacks if you are after a bit of crunch and flavour, plus is definitely one of the cheapest options, with a tin of chickpeas being less than $1.
Simply rinse and drain your chickpeas, patting them dry to remove the moisture. Coat in a little olive oil adding the spices you like. Pop them in the oven at 180 degrees for 30-40 minutes or 10-20 minutes in the air fryer, and then keep them in an airtight container for whenever you are feeling a little peckish!
4. SAVOURY MUFFINS
Savoury muffins, similarly, to the bliss balls above, are great as they allow for a fair bit of flexibility and a whole lot of nutrition! Simply pop whatever veggies you have available in the fridge with eggs, a bit of flour, some herbs and spices and VOILA, you’ve got yourself a perfect on the go breaky to grab or a snack to chuck in your bag for later!
5. GRAB AND GO
These great healthy snacks are our go-to’s whether you are lost in the supermarket, as they require little to no time to get ready to eat and are able to be enjoyed any time of the day for work or when the kids yell “I’m hungry!”
Enjoy them as they are or have them frozen to add a bit of crunch and keep them longer! Grapes are packed full of nutrients, especially Vitamin C and K, as well as high in fibre and antioxidants, to keep your body in tip-top shape.
7. VEGGIE STICKS
Veggie sticks are a staple when it comes to quick, healthy and super low-cal snacks in most people’s books! Whether it be celery, carrot, capsicum or cucumber, you can easily enjoy them on their own or pair them with a delicious dip like hummus, tzatziki or guacamole!
A favourite sweet treat of ours are berries, but strawberries definitely are the winner. Being one of the least expensive berries, delicious and also so incredibly low calorie, it is hard to go past them! A whole punnet of juicy strawberries is only about 40 calories.
9. CHERRY TOMATOES
Cherry tomatoes punch such a gorgeous mix of sweet and salty goodness! They pair wonderfully with veggie sticks or a salad, or simply enjoy a whole punnet for only about 45 calories. They are another awesome on-the-go snack when you don’t know what else to grab in the supermarket.
10. YOGURT TUBS
Yogurt tubs are a super easy and satisfying snack to grab on the go, with a whole lot of nutrition packed in too. Our favourite brands are Danone Yo-Pro tubs or Chobani Fit tubs, as they both are packed with calcium plus 15g of protein and come in a whole variety of awesome flavours. Most range from 90-120 calories.
11. TINNED FISH
Another possibly stinky option that some of your colleagues might not necessarily love you for at lunch time is fish! Whether it be tuna, salmon or sardines, yes, they can be a bit pongy, but the health benefits, low cost, convenience and taste might just be worth it. Sorry, colleagues!