We’ve all been there… Lunch time has come and gone, but home time (read: dinner time) is still so far away. Yes, you know, those afternoon hours when you feel sluggish, low on energy or even sleepy. So, what do most of us do? Reach for that biscuit, chocolate muffin or fizzy drink loaded with sugar. The bad news is that this actually makes the situation worse. But never fear, here are some fab ideas for healthy snacks from Fedhealth that are rich in protein and oh-so delish…
1. Peanut butter, banana and soy smoothie
This is one of the quickest and easiest healthy snacks. Simply put 1 banana, 2 tablespoons of peanut butter and 1/2 a cup of soy milk into a blender and blend until smooth, and then place in a takeaway cup ready for the afternoon. Winning!
2. Avocado with cottage cheese
Portable and protein-rich, simply cut an avocado in half and fill the side without the pit with 2 tablespoons of full-fat cottage cheese. Season with salt and pepper, a squeeze of lemon and serve.
3. Mixed nuts and seeds
Most supermarkets sell pre-mixed nut snack packs, so you’ll have a variety to choose from. While all nuts are generally good for your health, some are better than others: almonds have some of the highest levels of protein, walnuts are rich in essential fatty acids, and pistachios have lower calories per nut compared with others. You could also roast these at home yourself and add herbs such as rosemary or thyme, or spice it up with a bit of chilli powder.
4. Chopped vegetables with hummus dip
Hummus is a protein-rich chickpea dip that’s both healthy and delicious. Either buy it ready-made from the supermarket, or make your own hummus. Whichever option you choose, serve it along with some delicious dipping vegetables such as baby tomatoes, mini corn, green beans, carrots or celery sticks.
5. Greek yoghurt with nuts and honey
This has to be one of our favourite healthy snacks; it’s borderline dessert! While you could go for regular full-fat yoghurt, Greek yoghurt has almost twice as much protein as regular yoghurt because of how it’s made. Add seeds, nuts and a small dollop of honey or fruit to satisfy your sweet tooth.
6. Edamame beans
Edamame, a Japanese word for “beans on a stork”, are young soy beans harvested before the bean has hardened. One cup of edamame beans contains around 16.9 grams of protein, making this a brilliant protein-rich snack. Traditionally they’re boiled in salted water, then popped out of the pod as you eat them. Nutty, salty and moreish, you should definitely give them a try!
Read more: A list of good carbs that dieticians are happy for you to eat.
7. Tuna on rye bread
Tuna is cheap, freely available, and rich in protein and essential fatty acids. Of all the breads available, rye is a healthy choice because it contains more fiber and is low in calories — and it also contains protein. Talk about ticking all the right boxes!
Feeling inspired? Try this meal plan to keep you feeling satisfied and full of energy all day long!