Its 3pm and you hit a wall, metaphorically speaking that is, don’t physically hit a wall, that would hurt.
Your body craves something to get those happy hormones going again and you find yourself reaching for the nearest biscuit tin/family size pack of potato chips or making a dash to the vending machine or local coffee shop. You need something, anything to power you through till dinner.
Its at times like this, when we feel like we have no energy and the tiredness has hit us, that we are less likely to choose a healthy snack and more likely to make poor food choices.
We want something quick and easy, something that will satisfy immediately. Which is why most of us will reach for the nearest sugar filled treat, an instant energy.
The problem with these food choices is that yes, we get that immediate satisfaction we are craving but it doesn’t last long. Our blood sugar level spikes then just as quickly can crash. Leaving us back where we started, flat and tired with an added side of guilt for eating that treat in the first place.
So what’s the answer?
For busy women like us, time and preparation can be difficult, we need to have quick, easy and healthy snacks that don’t come loaded with bad fats, excessive sodium and other hidden nasty’s that manufacturers put in foods to make them taste good.
That’s why I wanted to share with you my 8 favourite quick and easy healthy snacks that you can keep on hand for when that craving hits or you feel your energy drop.
I’ve even including a FREE 1 page recipe sheet on my favourite bliss balls that you can make at the beginning of the week and have on hand for whenever you need! Download it below.
Without further a do, here are my favourite healthy snacks for women on the go…
1. Banana Sushi
Grab your banana, peel it, spread some of your favourite nut butter on top then sprinkle with the topping of your choice: chia, sesame seeds, cacao or coconut. Slice up and you have healthy fruity sushi.
2. Handful of Nuts
Nuts are great, full of healthy fats and protein, they satisfy you and provide an energy boost to get you through the day. Keep a pack in your desk or a zip lock bag in your handbag to provide a quick and easy snack when the urge takes you. Remember though that nuts although healthy, should be eaten in moderation. Don’t have more than 20 a day which is about 30Â grams or 1/3 of a cup.
3. Avocado, Chill and Lime
This can be made two ways depending on how ripe your avocado is! First way is to slice your avocado, sprinkle with chilli flakes and a drizzle of lime juice, second way if your avocado is very ripe, mush it up, add your chilli and lime and eat with a spoon. Both ways taste equally good. This good fat hit not only satisfies your cravings, but also keep you going till dinner.
4. Bliss Balls
Oh how I love bliss balls, little balls of sweetness that taste guilty but are really good for you. My guilty pleasure. There are millions of recipes if you Google, however some are full of ingredients you might not have. I have my 4 favourite go to bliss balls, all with less than 5 Ingredients, that you probably already have in your cupboard. Download the 1 page recipe sheet below and get ready to enjoy my fudge bites, peanut butter balls, nutty chocolate balls & cookie dough bites! Yum!
5. Boiled Eggs
The simple boiled egg packs a protein punch weighing in at 6g for a large egg. Boil them up in the morning, peel and eat. Done. Hard boiled eggs can last for up to 7 days in the fridge, so why not make a batch on Sunday night and help yourself during the week.
6. Mini Snickers
I love this healthy take on snickers. Take a fresh pitted medjool date, slice one side and slip in an almond. Eat and feel the nutty, caramel goodness satisfy that sweet craving.
Now I don’t mean the shop bought sugar loaded versions. I mean buy your own kernels and make your own. If you don’t have a popcorn popping machine or pan to do it in, I recommend buying the microwave one but in natural so it has no flavours added. You then have the option to add whatever toppings you like depending on your mood and craving.
Parmesan, cocoa, cinnamon, even a little coconut sugar if you need that sweet hit. This can be made the night before and packed in a zip lock bag ready for snack time.
8. Dark Chocolate
Dark chocolate has so many health benefits such as improving circulation, improving skin condition and decreasing your risk of stroke. However to get these benefits you have to get the good stuff! Â The key is to choose one that has a higher cocoa percentage ideally it should be 70% and above. The stronger the better, but this is something to build too.
Going from milk chocolate to 80% dark chocolate isn’t often successful due to the bitter taste you can experience at first. I suggest starting at 45% and building your way up over the course of a few weeks. Have two to three small squares to satisfy your sweet craving when you need it most or as an after dinner dessert, maximum once a day.
There you have it, my 8 favourite go to healthy snacks that are satisfying and yum!
Don’t forget to download your FREE bliss ball recipe sheet, I promise you will love them!