SUPER QUICK SATISFYING SNACKS
WORDS : VICTORIA POPE, Nutritionist in Training, Cook Extraordinaire in The Brown Paper Kitchen
Everyday around 3pm you’ll find me lurking in the kitchen looking for a little snack to tide me over until dinner time. For a lot of people it’s the little snacks here and there that can really throw them off the healthy eating bandwagon. In a world of packaged food it’s all too easy to reach for something with limited nutritional value and that only leaves you with a sugar slump.
In my personal experience the key to ensuring I’m snacking on something nutritious is ease. Snacks need to be quick, easy to prepare and contain some form of protein source to keep the hunger cravings at bay.
Here are five of my go-to-snacks:
- TOMATO AND RICOTTA/COTTAGE CHEESE
- Slice a roma or truss tomato into 4 thick chunks and top each slice with a light spread of cottage or ricotta cheese. Season with salt and pepper.
- DATES WITH ALMOND BUTTER
- TUNA SALAD BOATS
- Drain a small tin of tuna in springwater. Use one or two iceberg or cos lettuce leaves as your boat. Finely dice half a cucumber and a few cherry tomatoes and mix through the tuna. Season with salt and pepper, a drizzle of apple cider vinegar and divide mixture between the lettuce boats. Top with any herbs you have on hand.
- EGGS AND ASPARAGUS
- At the start of each week I always boil up some eggs to keep in the fridge ready to go for a quick snack or to add to salads. Simply boil them for 5 minutes and keep them stored in the fridge in their shells until ready to be eaten. Delicious with a few spears of blanched asparagus and a good seasoning of salt and pepper.
- SALMON AVO ROLL UP
- Use a few slices of smoked salmon as mini wraps. Slice a quarter of an avocado into long strips and place in the middle of the salmon pieces. Season with a good crack of salt and pepper and a squeeze of lemon or lime. Roll up the salmon pieces and enjoy!