By Naseerah Nanabhai
Snacking refers to eating or drinking between regular main meals. While there are mixed opinions on whether this is a healthy habit or not, some studies suggest that increasing your meal frequency through snacking may help manage hunger and improve blood sugar regulation. We have narrowed down 7 of the healthiest snacks to munch on when the cravings set in:
Nuts – are full of heart-healthy monosaturated fats and fibre. On average, a ¼ cup of raw almonds contains 170 calories, 15 g fat, 7 g carbs, 4 g fibre and 6 g protein.
Dark chocolate – if you are craving chocolate, it is best to opt for dark chocolate. It is loaded with energy-boosting nutrients such as magnesium and iron, it also contains much fewer calories than regular chocolate.
Bananas – these are a great source of fibre and a whole fruit; they can be eaten with oats or Greek yoghurt. On average, a serving of bananas contains 105 calories, 0.39 g fat, 27 g carbs, 3.1 g fibre, 1.3 g protein.
Popcorn – is a great snack to fill up on, and you can add your taste when it comes to flavouring. Make it: Place 3 tablespoons of popcorn kernels in ½ tablespoon cooking oil in a large saucepan on medium heat and wait for it to pop.
Roasted chick peas – are a great option if you are craving something salty and crunchy. Make it: Rinse and drain a can of chickpeas, then put them with 1½ tablespoons olive oil, salt, pepper, and spices of your choice. Roast at 400° F for 30 minutes. Let it cool before eating.
Grapes – these are a great source of hydration and fibre. Plus, they’re naturally sweet. On average, one serving of grapes contains 110 calories, 0.2 g fat, 29 g carbs, 1.4 g fibre and 1.1 g protein.
Avocados – these are full of healthy plant-based fats and protein, which both help keep you fuller longer. On average, one avocado contains 130 calories, 12 g fat, 6 g carbs, 5 g fibre and 1 g protein.