This week at The Bradford Clinic we are celebrating Smart Eating Week, by making more informed choices about what we eat, and making sure we prepare delicious healthy meals that we eat mindfully.
Although main meals are important, the foods we choose as snacks play a large part in our busy lives and are often overlooked; however, they can be used to increase our nutrition status by increasing our intake of essential macro and micro nutrients and help to maintain our energy levels throughout the day.
Some of our favourite snack options, that are easily portable, include:
Fruit and nuts
Vegetables with dip such as hummus
Celery with peanut butter
Vita wheat or other wholegrain crackers with cheese and tomato, or avocado
Homemade energy snacks
These options are all much better choices than what is in the work vending machine, and won’t leave you feeling sluggish afterwards. Plus, they are cheap, and fast and easy to prepare!
Healthy snacks are an opportunity to increase our fruit and vegetable intake for the day, aiming for 2 fruits and 5 vegetables daily. Remember, however, that not everyone requires snacks during the day. If your body is telling you that you aren’t hungry, you don’t need to always have snacks between your meals. Ensure you are drinking adequate water also, as dehydration can often be mistaken for hunger.
Gina Horn - Dietitian