I’ve started working freelance full-time, which means I’m spending a lot more time at home- and that means I’m doing a lot more snacking!
I don’t have the best self-control when it comes to food, and I’ve really had to think about the snacks I want to eat during my work day- and how I can eat simple and healthy snacks that fill me up.
There’s nothing wrong with eating unhealthy snacks- and I’m definitely not one to tell you what you should be eating.
But I love finding new healthy snack ideas to try out that I know are helping my body- and maybe even making me a little more productive than snacking on sugary foods.
In this post, find 10 healthy snack swaps to try out when you’re craving something tasty and filling!
Corncakes and peanut butter
I love ricecakes and corncakes, but they aren’t the most filling snack choice. Try adding a bit of peanut butter to make this snack choice a bit more filling (and tasty!).
Peanut butter has lots of protein benefits that can contribute to a healthy and balanced diet- and it’s a great vegan option too.
Since working at home, I’ve been able to experiment a bit more with new breakfast ideas- and I’ve really enjoyed eating a bit more cereal.
Cereal often comes packed full of fibre- and some is even fortified with vitamins such as iron.
Of course, some cereal can be quite sugary, but I’ve enjoyed trying out different breakfast foods to keep me full and productive during the morning.
Vegetables and hummus
I hate vegetables like broccoli and peas, so I try to get all of my vitamins from salad and vegetables such as pepper, cucumber and carrot (and supplement the vitamins I’m missing out on).
Hummus and peppers or carrots is a great healthy snack option, and I also love to dip breadsticks in hummus or guacamole to create a healthy and tasty snack. Hummus is made from chickpeas which are a great source of protein, too.
I’ve recently tried to swap out my white bread for brown or wholegrain options, and a couple of slices of wholegrain toast is a filling and tasty afternoon snack if you pair it with butter or peanut butter. This also makes a great breakfast if you need something to start your day off right.
Don’t get me wrong- you can’t beat white bread- but it’s no surprise that it’s not always the healthiest option!
I always gravitate towards sweet options when it comes to unhealthy snacks- and so something that is sweet but also good for you is a must! I don’t like fruit that much, but munching on a few fresh grapes has helped me curb my sugar addition and it makes me feel good to know I’m getting some good stuff too.
This can be substituted depending on your favourite fruit- and this a great sweet option to take to work too if you’re working in the office.
Lentil chips are delicious, and they are a great healthy snack swap for crisps. They are slightly more filling than ordinary crisps, and you can enjoy them with hummus or other dips if you want to. You can also get different flavours, such as chilli or sundried tomato.
Edamame beans are a great healthy snack swap, as they are full of protein and fibre. I love a handful of these beans, and they are a great option if you are plant-based too.
My parents actually gave me a pack of these when I started working freelance, as they are a healthy snack option that lasts a while in the cupboard.
Yogurt is a great healthy snack swap to try out, as it is packed full of calcium and probiotics (if you get Greek yogurt).
Yogurt is great for your stomach, and as I don’t drink much milk I like to think it gives me the vitamins I need to keep my bones strong!
You could try a yogurt drink like Actimel, or scoops of plain/flavoured yogurt with fruit.
I love popcorn! It’s not the most filling snack, but it’s full of fibre and it’s a healthy snack swap (as long as you don’t load it with salt or sugar).
Bags of popcorn are relatively cheap, and they last in the cupboard for ages. If you want to add a bit of salt, you can also do so while knowing how much you’ve actually added.
Dark chocolate is a great healthy snack swap for milk or white chocolate. It’s still not the healthiest option, but it has more health benefits than other chocolate.
It has less sugar, and even contains some iron. It’s also very rich, so you can easily swap it out and eat just a little bit to feel full.
Do you have any healthy snack swap ideas for me to try out? What do you like to eat while you’re working? What do you think of my healthy snap swaps?
Let me know what you think in the comments below 🙂
Happy reading x