1st June 2016

There’s no getting away from the fact that healthy eating takes a little bit of thought and preparation. When you’re working hard to fit in exercise around your busy life, it’s such a shame if rushed food choices jeopardise your results. But, if you take a teeny bit of time each day to whip up some of these pretty simple on-the-go foods, you can make sure you hit those hunger pangs in the right way.

Boiled eggs

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If you’re not hungry right now, then the idea of snacking on a boiled egg might seem a bit ‘bleurgh’.

But, firstly, what could be easier? Secondly, when you are ‘starving’ mid afternoon and surrounded by pricey cafes and shops selling high fat, high sugar, high priced snacks when you’re trying to stick to healthy eating habits, you’ll be glad of your eggs. Shell them and pop them in a box with some uncooked spinach. Or don’t shell them – even easier when you’re rushing out of the house.

Salad in a jar

This is a thing apparently. Pinterest is packed with ‘salad in a jar’ inspiration and it’s worth a go. The success seems to be down to how you pack it – It’s all about the layers and not just chucking everything in. You put your dressing at the bottom, then hard veggies (carrots, celery, cucumber, peppers etc) then in go the softer ones on top, (tomatoes, avocado) then some protein (cheese, meat, eggs) then pop a whole heap of greens at the top. You’ll need a wide jar so it’s easy to get out and perhaps a plastic bowl with you to dump it into. But this is a great lunch to stop you being tempted by fatty cafe and supermarket lunch options.

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Celery boats

This is so simple and easy, if you haven’t tried it yet, then just like we did, you’ll wonder why not.

Take your celery sticks. Spread some peanut butter in the hollow side. Add in some small bits of chopped apple, or raisins. Or top with cottage cheese and pineapple. Then wrap each stick up individually with cling film or foil and zip into a sandwich bag or similar. They’re even better if you can keep them cool.

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Sugar snap peas

Simple, easy, tasty, refreshing. These are such a great on-the-go snack, especially if you’re a bit bored of your usual fruit snack options.

Dip in a jar

Why have we not been using jars for everything until now? Crudites and dips are a nice idea, but often you end up eating way too much of the dip as you have to buy a whole pot. And carrying around carrots, celery or cucumber in separate pots etc is just cumbersome. So, use a jar. Opt for a small, shallow one if possible. Plop in a few dollops of your dip (a thick hummus works best) and then stand a selection of crudites in it and screw on your lid.

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Protein balls

If you have no choice but to grab a snack from a store then try a protein ball. It will fill you up and give you a pop of energy. We like Bounce balls. Or have a go at making a batch. They are amazing snacks to have in the house for you and kids. Here’s lots of ideas and inspiration.

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Almonds

Keep a stash of almonds in your handbag, desk drawer and kitchen cupboards. They are fabulous at satisfying the mid afternoon hunger niggles and are a great source of vitamin e, b vitamins, fibre, magnesium, zinc iron and protein. Don’t go crazy, just a few!

Words: PENNY STRETTON

 

 

 

 

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