Greek yogurt is a fermented dairy product with a refreshingly tart flavour that is high in calcium, protein and B vitamins. It is also low in carbohydrates, easy to digest, and is a great base for a variety of tasty, guilt-free snacks.
Add berries, dried fruit, banana, nuts, honey, cinnamon or shredded coconut for a delicious snack. You can even stir through some of your favourite protein powder for an extra nutritional boost.
This is a super easy snack idea is a fantastic treat if you are organised enough to prepare it the night before.
Get a container and insert the following base ingredients – 30 grams of dry rolled oats, 50 grams of Greek yoghurt, about 50ml of milk, almond milk or water and a tablespoon of chia seeds. Chia seeds are a newly labelled superfood that is extremely high in omega-3 fatty acids and contains all of the essential amino acids to make it a complete protein. They also have other important nutrients such calcium, vitamin C, iron and potassium.
The next ingredients are totally up to you! You can add honey and blueberries, apple and cinnamon, banana and peanut butter, raspberries and orange rind or raw cacao powder and walnuts.
Once you’ve finished adding ingredients, seal the container and put it in the fridge. Overnight, the chia seeds and oats will absorb the moisture and turn your creation into a delicious oatmeal pudding.
If you are looking for a quick and easy snack that you can take with you while you’re on the go, check out the protein bars available at your local Health Food Store.
Many protein bars are available in indulgent flavours like chocolate or strawberry cheesecake so they satisfy your sweet tooth, but they are high in fibre to help you feel fuller for longer. They also tend to be really chewy, which gives your jaw a workout and makes you feel like you’ve eaten more than what you have.
When looking at the nutritional information of the packaging, make sure you choose products that are high in protein without containing too much fat or sugar, and that the calories are around 200 calories or less. Some protein bars can be up to 500 calories and these are more of a meal replacement.
Celery with nut butter
You can’t go past the trusty celery with peanut butter snack. It’s fresh, delicious, low carb and guilt free!
Smack about 2 tablespoons of peanut butter on a few pieces of celery and you have yourself a healthy snack with healthy fats, protein and essential vitamins and minerals. You can even add some raisins, blueberries or slices of banana for a fruity twist.
If you’re watching your carbs, this is a really clever and refreshing snack. Take a cucumber and cut it in half lengthways and scoop out the seeds. You now have a base to fill with some healthy sandwich fillings.
How about some cream cheese and tuna or avocado and turkey breast? Perhaps you’d prefer some seeded mustard and ham, or roast beef and antipasto? Get creative and see what you can come up with!
Cucumbers are a great source of vitamin K and vitamin C and have anti-inflammatory effects.