When it comes to snacks, they can help energise you or undo all of your good work. And sometimes once you start snacking, it can be really hard to stop – especially if we’re stressed at work or studying crazy hours.
Our new health and wellness program, KIC, understands this. That’s why our awesome and delicious meal planner includes snacks to keep tummies happy. If you find you get peckish too, here are our top tips to help you curb hunger.
If you’re thinking of reaching for something unhealthy or wondering if you’re actually hungry, make a cup of herbal tea instead. Wait 15-20 minutes and if you’re still hungry, then have a snack.
We’re massive smoothie heads – it’s one of the reasons KIC partnered with Boost Juice. Smoothies are one of our favourite snacks because you can fuel your body with something delicious and healthy in minutes – and there are so many yummy recipes you can try.
You can now buy Boost Smoothie kits at Woolworths and keep them in your fridge so when you’re feeling peckish; a healthy snack is only a blender away.
Nuts contain healthy fats that help keep you full. We always carry nuts with us as a go-to snack – but never eat more than a small handful. Make sure you’re eating raw or dry nuts only, not salted or roasted. Alternatively, you can try organic low sodium/sugar popcorn.
If you’re a sweet tooth and craving something naughty, freeze a bunch of grapes or some berries. Once frozen their textures are like sorbet and will satisfy the sweetest of cravings.
This tip isn’t new but it’s always worth reminding people. Often thirst is mistaken for hunger. So, if you’ve eaten breakfast and lunch and you think you’re still hungry, have a big glass of water. We try and drink 2-3 litres of water a day. It helps keep us satisfied and does wonders for our skin, too.
A serve of yoghurt is a delicious and satisfying treat – plus it makes an awesome dressing or smoothie base. When snacking on yoghurt, keep your serve limited to ½ – ¾ of a cup, add some berries for vitamins and a sprinkle of cinnamon to help lower blood sugar levels.
Eggs are filling, versatile and are packed with protein and vitamins. They’re also one of the quickest things you can cook. Pre-boil some eggs and keep them in the fridge as a healthy and nutritious pick-me-up.
Eating veggies are one of the easiest ways to increase your vitamin intake. We like to cut carrot and celery sticks, add some fresh green beans and keep them in some Tupperware as an easy and healthy snack. On busy days when there are no healthy options, veggie sticks can be a lifesaver!
Make Sunday your prep day and make sure your fridge is stocked with healthy snacks for the week ahead. This means you’ll be able to choose smart snacks (source of healthy fats and protein not just high in sugar or processed carbs which will only spike your blood sugar and make you hungrier!). You can carry some on hand, like our Vanilla Espresso Protein Balls, so you’ll never go hungry!
Keep It Cleaner is an online health, lifestyle and wellness program aimed to motivate girls to maintain a healthy lifestyle. For more information head over to www.kicgirls.com
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