Snacking can be good for you and it’s an easy way to get more vitamins and minerals into your diet. Try these recipes, tips and ideas for healthier and tastier snacks.
Snacking provides an opportunity to eat a healthier, balanced diet. Find out which veggies make good snacks, and get inspired with simple cooking tips for your 5-a-day. This guacamole dip recipe is a great snack to keep you going during the day.
Eating little and often, with 3 main meals and smaller, healthier snacks in-between, can be a balanced way to eat.
Snack and plan
- Don’t snack to replace proper meals. Plan regular, healthier snacks to avoid grazing.
- Fill up the fruit bowl on Sundays for the week ahead, and add tasty rice cakes, low-fat yoghurts and wholegrain cereals to your weekly shopping list for the week ahead.
Follow a few simple guidelines and snack healthier:
- Prepare mini snack bags filled with juicy dried dates, a few hazelnuts and a sprinkle of seeds.
- Variety is key to healthier snacking, so try nuts one day and fruit the next.
- Read nutrition labelling to find healthier options or choose from the be good to yourself range.
Tasty snack ideas
Snacks should provide fibre, vitamins and minerals – not just calories:
- Try exotic tinned fruits like ruby grapefruit or lychees mixed with low-fat yoghurt.
- Swap biscuits for rice cakes, topped with thinly sliced ham or fat-free cottage cheese.
- Try ready-made savoury popcorn, or handy bags of exotic dried mango or dried apricots.
Add flavour, not fat
Rather than butter and salt, add flavour to food with herbs and spices. Season peas with fresh mint, or liven up carrots with caraway seeds or clementine zest. Lemon zest tastes great with grilled meat and it also lifts rice dishes like risotto.