PERHAPS, the most unhealthy eating habit by far is the act of snacking at inappropriate hours.
We get it. Sometimes, you were just not hungry enough to pack a full meal during lunch. Or maybe, you’re just used to munching on something at 4pm. If you’re like me, having a snack can sometimes serve as a good break to rejuvenate energy and ideas (although I suspect this is mostly psychological).
Either way, you can easily turn snacking from a bad habit to a good one by changing the types of foods you actually snack on. Stay away from junk food, soft drinks, sweets and anything sugary. Instead, pile your snack plate with fruits, nuts, wholemeal breads and other ingredients with high-fibre and high protein content.
For starters, try these simple recipes below to prepare yourself a delicious yet scrumptious snack that you can quickly whip up the night before.
Peanut Butter and Fruit Bread
This ensemble is as simple as it is delicious. If you’re looking for something that’s more on the sweet side, this cinnamon-y high-protein snack will satisfy your sugary craving while keeping you full. Get the recipe here.
Lemony Chickpea Salad
If you require something more substantial for the tummy, try this easy chickpea salad made of ready-to-eat canned chickpeas tossed with a few spices and dressings. Get the recipe here.
Fruit and Nut Mix
If you’re not too tight on budget, consider putting together a wholesome fruit and nut mix. Since all the ingredients are dry, this mix is something you can make in large batches and keep for long. Get the recipe here.
Hummus with Veggie Sticks
This is a good way to turn all your leftover veggies into a healthy mid-day snack. Whip up the hummus the night before with some canned chickpeas, olive oil, and sesame paste, and you’re good to go. Find the hummus recipe here.
You can easily find frozen edamame in some Japanese food stores and even some regular grocery stores. Combine this with some canned black beans, frozen sweet peas and corn, add spices to taste, and you’re good to go. Get the recipe here.