HIGH PROTEIN, LOW CARB: FIVE HEALTHY SNACKS FOR WHEN YOU’RE ON THE GO
The power of temptation
For quite a while now, offices have been able to order in snack boxes containing chocolate treats, salty crisps and Peperami-style salami sausages for their staff. All of which are delicious, don’t get us wrong – but for anyone who wants to eat healthier or watch their figure, these little energy placebos are far too tempting to resist. Avoid major ‘snaccidents’ by instead opting for snacks you can eat on the go that don’t require much preparation and are easy to carry around with you. Welcome to our very own snack box of healthy temptations that will satisfy your hunger cravings and keep you going until dinner!
#1 Spread hummus, not hate!
Begone, calorie-laden nachos with chilli cheese! The healthy alternative to this greasy snack is puréed chickpeas, aka hummus. Also prepare a few sticks of crunchy cucumber or pepper to dunk into it. The good news is that two tablespoons of hummus per snack will provide enough energy for a full working day. And it also makes a great cinema snack!
#2 The superfood trick – yoghurt with linseeds
A good alternative that is just as healthy, but cheaper than the universally popular chia seeds are linseeds. Simply sprinkle onto yoghurt and mixed berries and enjoy. But steer clear of low-fat dairy products as they often contain more sugar. Small tip: Icelandic yoghurt Skyr is rich in calcium and protein.
#3 Say cheese for protein
Yes, it’s hard to believe, but cheese, despite its fat content, can actually make a healthy snack! For those of you in Germany, fresh sour milk cheese Quäse, for example, contains 30 percent high quality protein with just 0.5 percent fat. A balanced source of protein for all cheese lovers!
#4 Get some nuts! A healthy snack for on the go
If you’re stomach starts grumbling and growling, grab a handful of nuts to keep you going until your next meal. Almonds, walnuts and Co. are generally very rich in proteins and fibre – both of which help you feel (and stay) full.
#5 Fresh and fruity in-between meals
Okay, fruit isn’t exactly low in sugars and carbohydrates, but the rest of its nutritional values make up for that. The all-important antioxidants, vitamins and minerals contained in half a bowl of fruit will keep your energy levels up and your productivity high!
Text: Stefan Franken