The 4pm snack is something we all live for – and there's giving it up anytime soon. But, how can we make healthy snacking less boring?
We all do it. We return to work on those first days of January, full of the zest for life that follows a restful Christmas break, spouting promises about being healthier, banishing the junk food, feeling our best. Three weeks later and we’re bored. Bored of sweet potato, bored of kale, bored of avoiding those gooey, chocolatey, Easter treats already staring out at us from the shelves of supermarkets. By the end of week four, it’s getting to the point that if you ever have to eat another spoonful of quinoa, you’re not quite sure what’ll happen.
So, as February arrives, we resume our ‘real’ habits. The ones that see us eat a healthy breakfast, a well-intentioned lunch and then dive headfirst into a family-size bag of crisps late afternoon. Don’t worry, it’s not just you; let’s face it, the 4pm snack is something we all live for – and I think we speak for all of us when we say we’re not giving it up anytime soon. So, how can you avoid falling into the snack-dull-eat-everything trap?
Rule #1: Don’t Ditch Sweet Food
For starters – and here’s something that might sound like a revelation but really shouldn’t be –snacks can be healthy and
sweet. The two aren’t mutually exclusive. From fruit to Greek yoghurt, there are plenty of sweet foods that come with immense nutritional qualities. So, instead of trying to be a saint, allow yourself to simply make healthier swaps where you can. Opting for snacks that combine the two can be a handy technique.
Pick: The Dark Chocolate and Raspberry Bounce Ball is the perfect mid-afternoon pick-me-up.
Mix It Up
Rich in magnesium and antioxidants, cashew nuts make for a nutrient dense snack choice. But as with most things, the novelty can only last so long. So, instead of settling for plain nuts, take some time to do the world’s quickest and easiest meal prep by coating them in chilli flakes or cumin and paprika and then roasting. It’s basically impossible for something to taste boring while coated in chilli.
Top Tip: Binging Netflix on a Sunday evening? Swap your chocolate bar for a salted caramel Bounce Ball.
Pack In The Protein
You’ve probably heard it before, but it’s no lie to say that protein helps to keep you full and satiate you between meals. However, this doesn’t have to mean tucking in to for a hearty helping of chicken; if you’re just hoping to much on something sweet and scrummy, a protein packed snack should do the job.
It’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking that just because isn’t whipped up at home, you can’t eat it and still be healthy. But as many-a-nutritionist will tell you, this isn’t necessarily true
. Featuring 26% of your recommended daily allowance of protein, as well as high in the skin-friendly, immune-boosting nutrient Vitamin E, Bounce’s Peanut balls are the proof that’s in the pudding.
The Best Bit: The chewiness of this one will makes it feel like you’re chomping on a relatively heavy snack, and getting stuck into a spoonful of peanut butter at the same time.
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