Preparing healthy snacks can be challenging with a stressful daily routine. With good planning and the right recipes, that won’t be a problem in the future.
Parents are active all day long. Energy is quickly used up and the little hunger pangs make themselves known. In order to function well and stay healthy, it’s not only important to have wholesome main meals, but also healthy snacks for in between. While candy bars and chips are a quick option, such foods are unhealthy and add to waistline fat. Processed products should be the exception in your diet. Nutrition-conscious parents are therefore regularly on the lookout for healthy fitness snacks. These snacks don’t have to consist of unappealing celery sticks. We present you ten low-calorie snacks with a short preparation time. Despite your busy schedule, you’ll have healthy snack alternatives on hand in the future. You’ll be full longer and protect yourself from recurring bingeing. Keyword: enjoy consciously!
Vegetables as a snack between meals?
Wholesome products are natural, unprocessed and free of chemical additives. When it comes to snacks, stick to products whose contents you know. The rule of thumb is: the fewer ingredients and preservatives, the better. Processed foods packed with additives stimulate your appetite and harm your health in the long run. Better are vegetables from organic production or snacks from your own production. Avocados, for example, provide you with healthy fats. Vegetables such as carrots, cucumbers, radishes, zucchini and sweet potatoes are low in calories and good sources of vitamins. For many, raw foods are too boring. Spices and dips provide more pizzazz. How can you specifically incorporate more vegetables into your diet?
- Avocados taste great with a little salt and sesame seeds on a slice of whole wheat bread. An extra fried egg on avocado bread is a source of protein and keeps you full longer.
- Love smoothies but don’t like raw veggies? Then incorporate raw vegetables into your smoothies. The sweet fruits overpower the vegetable flavor.
- Vegetable sticks combined with peanut butter are delicious. Kohlrabi with nut butter is worth a try!
- Spinach, asparagus, lamb’s lettuce, cauliflower, broccoli are among the low-calorie vegetables. You can enjoy them without having a guilty conscience.
When you need to go fast – the snack for in-between meals
For a healthy lifestyle you should pay attention to a good water intake. Depending on your body size and activity level, 2 to 3 liters of water are recommended daily. The top 10 snacks are:
- Nuts and dried fruit are good for the brain and give you strength. Make your own mix with your favorite nuts. Chopped pieces of dried fruit make the nut mixture pleasantly sweet without the dried fruit standing out too much. Pour the mixture into a glass storage container and help yourself when the little hunger pangs kick in.
- Energy Balls (made with nuts, hemp seeds, dates, a little oat milk and rolled oats – rolled in cocoa or coconut flakes). With Energy Balls you can let off steam without any restrictions. Light or dark, sweet or savory, these little balls are delicious and give you power and energy fast.
- Dates with peanut butter. Dates are the ideal fitness snack. They give energy and are sweet. Fill dates with a blob of peanut butter and drizzle some low sugar dark chocolate on top.
- Natural yogurt or coconut yogurt with homemade granola. Yogurt, whether natural or vegan, with homemade granola is both mild and crunchy. For the granola you mix oatmeal, nuts and dried fruit (such as mango) with maple syrup or honey and bake the mixture for 20 min in the oven. The granola will keep in a glass jar for several weeks.
- Vegetable chips baked fat-free in the oven
- Crispy chickpeas. Season canned chickpeas with chip salt and bake in the oven for 20 minutes until crispy.
- Dark chocolate with a cocoa content of 70 percent or more.
- Fitness Oat Cookies. Choose a simple recipe with healthy ingredients and bake enough cookies for a week.
- Colorful protein smoothie with fruit
- Popcorn with coconut blossom sugar and coconut fat. Homemade popcorn, whether made with a machine or in a crock pot, is fun for the whole family and much healthier than the store-bought alternative.
Yogurt – a healthy snack or calorie trap?
Natural yogurt and vegan, sugar-free alternatives are good for gut health. However, the ready-made variety in the supermarket (fruit yogurts, chocolate yogurts, etc.) are full of sugar and additives, a real calorie trap. Instead, create delicious yogurt recipes based on sugar-free alternatives.
What snacks in the evening?
Light snacks are enough for the evening small hunger. Not so much energy is needed anymore. Often, it’s just a matter of craving a snack. How about yogurt bars (fruit frozen into bars with Greek yogurt and a sweetener) or strawberries covered in dark chocolate? Low-fat cottage cheese mixed with a protein powder and frozen berries is also great for evening snacks. If you like it salty, reach for crunchy chickpeas and olives.