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Swap junk food for these healthier snacks

Ideas for better choices for healthy eating.

Written by SpunOut | View this authors Twitter page and posted in health

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We all know how easy it can be to grab that bar of chocolate or bag of crisps in between meals. But while these foods might give you a quick sugar rush, this sugar spike will only last a short time and their saturated fat and salt will last longer and can lead to health problems.

One way to avoid these snacks is to make sure that you plan your weekly grocery shop and keep these foods off the list. Don’t forget, shopping on an empty stomach is always a bad idea!
Also try a glass of water if you feel a hunger pang hitting, more often than not, you could just be thirsty.

When all else fails, make sure to have these healthier alternatives on standby!

Fruit – keep some grapes, a banana, sliced pineapple with you during the day to nibble on.
Dried fruit – a handful of foods like dried mango, cranberries or raisins are an easy option for a tasty but healthy snack.
Yogurt – you’ll be ticking off your calcium requirements and calming the taste buds at the same time. How does crunchy blueberry sound?
Popcorn – swap the salted or buttered stuff for some plain homemade popcorn for a good munch.
Hummus – this is a nice dip to try with carrot or celery sticks or even some wholegrain crackers can be delish. Try our homemade recipe.

Chocolate – yep, you can have some chocolate when you’re being a health hacker. Just make it dark chocolate because this kind is high in fibre and anti-oxidants.
Tea – us Irish are mad for the cups of tea but it you’re a two scoops of sugar type, that’s not ideal. So why not get adventurous with your tea and try some herbal tea. There are some tasty berry types and even liquorice…yum.
Sweet potato fries – these bad boys are good idea if you are trying to cut out the greasy chips. Full of vitamin a and easy to bake, they’re the business. Just cut half a potato into strips and bake on a lightly oiled (olive/coconut) sheet at 160 degrees for 10 minutes. Try our recipe for sweet potaot crisps either!
Mozzarella sticks (or string cheese) – available in a lot of shops this is good for some protein and vit A, and come in at around 100 calories.
Coffee – this drink isn’t all bad you know. It has antioxidants and can improve your mental function – just don’t get carried away with all the cream and sugar, stick to the real stuff!

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Published September 11th, 2014
Last updated October 30th, 2015
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