The most simple nutritious snacks come straight from nature – fresh fruit and unsalted nuts provide a filling hit of vitamins and minerals. Just a handful of almonds is satisfying and provides a good dose of essential fatty acids and is also an excellent source of vitamin E.
When it comes to fruit, mix things up and opt for less common choices – find something you’re not familiar with and give it a go. We love pineapple, which are sweet and juicy, melons too will take you on a mental trip to the tropics but there’s always a trusty handful of cherries or some succulent strawberries to make you feel treated.
One of nature’s most nutrient-dense snacks comes in its own bowl – simply halve an avocado, squeeze over some lemon juice and a sprinkle of salt and pepper and eat with a teaspoon – so incredibly creamy and delicious and packed with goodness.
Other healthy choices include unsweetened yoghurt with a dollop of manuka honey, a small bowl of olives, or make your popcorn with coconut oil and once popped, add a spoonful of either coconut butter or pure maple syrup and a sprinkle of cinnamon for flavour. Of course, the kids can tuck into these too in their lunchboxes.
Another easy wholesome option both adults and children love is a range of crunchy crudités – sticks of celery, carrot, cucumber, peppers, snow peas, sugar snap peas – dipped into hummus. Why not go the extra mile and make your own hummus – find our moreish option here for a Spiced Carrot and Chickpea Hummus or how about an equally delicious Avocado Basil and Broad Bean Dip (both pictured above) for something a bit different.
For a more substantial snack, get baking on a Sunday so you have some morning or afternoon tea ready for the office or school lunchboxes. Try our Zucchini Fig and Almond Loaf – it stores for up to four days and is a delicious option on its own, with cheese or a thin smear of butter.