When it comes to snacking, it’s easy to reach for the nearest chocolate bar. Failing that, a biscuit, cake, brownie or muffin will usually do – but don’t fear, our top 7 healthy swaps for junk food are here to get you through any healthy eating slump. Discover tasty low carb snacks, healthy alternatives you may never have thought of and some nutritious homemade snacks you can throw in your lunch box or enjoy at home.

The Best Healthy Snack Foods For Home or Work

1. Apple and Peanut Butter

When it comes to healthy snack ideas, this one’s a firm favourite. Hear us out. Though not the most obvious combination, apple and peanut butter actually complement each other really well, in terms of nutrition and flavour. Plus, it will satisfy your sweet cravings with some more natural sugars. Combining the protein from peanuts and the fibre from apples, this is one of those snacks that are good for you and will keep you satisfied through to lunch – something that can’t be said for those mini donuts! Just don’t go overboard on the peanut butter, as non-natural butters can be high in calories. So, if you’re looking for high protein snacks for work, you’ve hit the jackpot.

Healthy Alternatives To Snacks

2. Carrots and Hummus

Hummus is a great dipping snack for carrots, celery and bell peppers. Mix it up by choosing from a variety of different flavours or keep it traditional. The choice is yours. This simple, low carb snack can take on the best of them when it comes to flavor. Refreshing, healthy and low in calories – you can start to forget about the brownies already.

Best Healthy Snack Foods
  1. Fruit Salad

Fruit salads are easy to make and customise, making it the perfect healthy homemade snack to bring variety to your diet every day. Berries, citrus fruits, banana, sliced, chopped, peeled – however you want your fruit salad is completely up to you. Combine in a juice or squash to give a touch of added flavour – or switch it up completely by adding honey or Greek yoghurt. Chocolate pudding? No thanks. Check out the fruit salad that SPAR has to offer online.

 

Healthy Snacks On The Go

4. Crispbread and Cream Cheese

Crispbreads enter a whole new dimension when you customise them with toppings. A popular flavour, cream cheese (and smoked salmon if you really want to push the boat out) offers a light, nutritious yet flavoursome snack to keep you going through the day. And for even more nutritional value, try crispbreads with oats and seeds.

Healthy Food Alternatives

5. Seed/Nut Mix

Serial snacker? You need some no-prep nibbles to keep you going through the day. One of the most popular healthy snack foods is mixed nuts and seeds. Highly nutritious and easy to pick at, seed and nut mixes are one of the best healthy alternatives to crisps. Not too heavy, nuts and seeds are perfect for giving you something to push you along when you’re not full-blown hungry but just need something with crunch. Pumpkin and sunflower seeds are great for a healthy munch, while peanuts, almonds and cashews are a great source of protein. Tell that to the M&Ms. Find a range of at SPAR.

 

Healthy Swaps For Junk Food

6. Beef Jerky

The perfect answer for the carnivorous types who want to get their fix of meat in the day without having to enter the kitchen - beef jerky. Wholesome, flavoursome, high in protein and low carb, beef jerky is a great snack if you’re trying to be healthy. Perfect for snacking on and available in a number of different flavours, its high protein content also helps you to lose weight by not storing fat. Can a strawberry lace do that?

Low Carb Healthy Alternatives

7. Homemade Energy Balls

If you’ve made it this far, you should be ready to try your own healthy homemade snacks. Made with a mix of oats, nuts, seeds, peanut butter, honey, raisins and whatever else you want to add – you can make baked or non-baked energy balls for whatever your taste buds desire. High in protein and great at keeping you full and energised – they’re the best healthy snack foods if you have prep time spare the night before. All of a sudden, a cupcake just doesn’t seem the best choice.

High Protein Snacks For Work

Find the best healthy snack food ideas at SPAR

With an idea for every day of the week, there’s no excuse not to try a few healthy alternatives next time the cookies come calling. From sugar kicks to protein bursts, these healthy swaps will keep you going at any time of day, and come without any of the post-munch guilt.

Stock up on healthy junk food swaps at your local SPAR. Looking for more info? Read our blog on surprising healthy foods to eat today.