Department of Health & Human Services
Premiers Active April
With a quarter of Australia’s junk food intake being chosen as a snack, it seems it’s time to reshape our habits.
How about satisfying your next snack attack with some tasty, easy, healthy ideas to fuel your busy days and April activities.
An ideal snack is made up of two or more food groups for maximum enjoyment and nutritional value. Choose minimally processed foods for longer lasting energy and to keep you fuller for longer.
Start with some of these tasty snack combos:
Keep some of your favourite snack staples at work or in your bag, so you’ll always have some healthy options at hand.
While you’re getting active this April, it’s the perfect time to start thinking about snacking for your workout. Go for a combination of protein (for muscle function) and carbohydrates (for energy) to maximise your workout. Having your snack in the half-hour before or after your routine will make sure you fuel up and recover as best you can. Check out our article on Healthy eating for exercise for more tips.
Homemade options tend to be cheaper and easier. Plus having tasty snacks on hand means you’re sure to avoid unhealthy temptations from the office kitchen or vending machine.
Try our Bubble and Squeak Slice or whip up some savoury vegetable muffins to freeze in bulk and bring to work with you during the week.
If you’re out and about when hunger strikes, you’ll find its very easy reaching for an abundance of unhealthy options in a hurry. Next time you’re in a supermarket or convenience store, check the ingredients list to find the options with mostly whole foods and little if any added sugar or salt. As a guide, aim for less than 600kJ per serve, less than 15g of sugar, 600mg of sodium and 5g saturated fat per 100g.
You can also use the Health Star Rating to compare like for like and to find the healthier choice between two similar products, such as two yoghurts or two muesli bars.
Make sure you try some of these snack recipes below:
Everyday easy: Bubble and Squeak Slice
Our nutritionist, Sophie’s pick: Baked herbed ricotta with cherry tomato salsa
And don’t forget to check our Healthy eating made easy page for more advice on a flexible eating plan, plus your free food group tracker. Healthy eating doesn’t have to be boring and tasteless, there is an abundance of nutritious and delicious snacks to suit any age or lifestyle.
Content thanks to Nutrition Australia Victorian Division. For more healthy tips visit the Nutrition Australia website.
Last updated: November 28, 2016 at: 11:55 am
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