A little while ago I started going to nutritionist Carlette Roberts for healthy lifestyle advice and she discussed with me the importance of small simple snacks. Having worked overseas in both America and England, she has been back in South Africa for about two years and now operates from Fourways, Johannesburg. Whether you want to lose weight, build muscle or just follow a healthy eating plan; Carlette is passionate about helping people live healthier lives.
Tasty simple snacks
I enjoy eating healthily but sometimes feel at a loss for how to make exciting healthy food and what quantities are best. So when I see a snack list that has items like chocolate (no. 7), sushi (no.9) and popcorn (no. 22) – I’m sold! That’s why I’m so excited that I get to share with you Carlette’s personal list of tasty and simple snacks of 100 calories or less.
- 1 Ryvita crisp bread with low fat cream cheese and cherry tomatoes OR sliced radishes OR sliced red/yellow peppers. Add fresh chives, parsley, coriander or basil to jazz it up!
- 30 grapes
- A handful of olives
- 3 thin slices of pineapple
- 1 cup blueberries
- 15g almonds
- 10g of 85% dark chocolate
- 25 pistachio nuts
- Two tuna nigiri sushi
- Two satsumas
- 6 dried apricots
- 8 cashew nuts
- 1 slice whole-wheat bread topped with two scrambled egg whites
- Slice one medium red pepper with 2 tablespoons of goats cheese
- ½ cup diced spanspek with ½ cup cottage cheese
- 10 baby carrots with 2 tablespoons of hummus. Add coriander, mint or parsley to jazz it up
- Dip 20 baby corn into soy sauce flavoured with herbs or chili
- One mini baby bel light cheese with ½ an apple sliced
- Watermelon and spinach salad – 1 cup raw baby spinach, with 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar and ¾ cup diced watermelon
- Slice one large kiwi and top with unsweetened shredded coconut
- Toss 10 cooked prawns in 1 tablespoon lime juice, sprinkle with chili powder and salt
- Cheesy popcorn – toss 1 tablespoon grated parmesan cheese and a dash of cayenne pepper with 2 cups of freshly popped popcorn in a paper bag in the microwave
- Top a whole-wheat rice cake with 30g sliced avocado
- One whole-wheat rice cake topped with 2 teaspoons almond butter
- 1/3 cup Edamame beans
- ¾ cup frozen OR fresh mango
- ½ cup low fat yogurt with 1 teaspoon of sunflower seeds
- ½ medium baked potato with 1 heaped tablespoon salsa
- Frozen banana yoghurt – slice a banana in half, insert an skewer or lolly stick, dip it in low fat yoghurt and freeze it
- Smoked salmon pinwheel – spread 1 tablespoon low fat cream cheese onto one slice of smoked salmon and roll it up. Add chives or parsley to jazz it up.
Carlette recommends that you snack twice a day; in the morning around 10 – 11 am, and in the afternoon around 3 – 4pm. Choose snacks that best suit your taste and what works for you.
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