When it comes to snacking, it’s easy to grab for the nearest chocolate bar. Failing that, a biscuit, cake, brownie or muffin will usually do – but with New Year in full swing and resolutions starting to wobble, our 7 favourite healthy junk food swaps are here to get you through the slump just as well as a chocolate covered marshmallow with sprinkles.

#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. Combining the protein from the peanuts and the fibre from the apples 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.

#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 savoury snack can actually take on the best of them when it comes to flavour if you choose the right combinations. Refreshing, healthy and low in calories – you can start to forget about the brownies already.

#3. Fruit Salad

Fruit salads are easy to make and customise, making it the perfect healthy snack to bring variety to your diet every day. Berries, citrus fruits, banana, sliced, chopped, peeled – whatever and 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 with added honey or Greek yoghurt. Chocolate pudding? No thanks.

#4. Crispbread and Cream Cheese

Crispbreads come into a world of their own when you start customising them with toppings. A popular flavour, added 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.

#5. Seed/Nut Mix

Serial snacker? You need some no-prep nibbles to keep you going through the day. Like some easy to snack on and highly nutritious mixed nuts and seeds. Not too heavy, and easy to snack on throughout the day, 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 some 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.

#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 is wholesome, flavoursome and high in protein. 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?

#7. Homemade Energy Balls

If you’ve made it this far, you might be ready to try your own healthy recipes. 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 keeping you full and energised – they’re the perfect healthy snack food if you have prep time spare the night before. All of a sudden a cupcake just doesn’t seem the best choice.

Check out this great recipe video here https://youtu.be/OQADPAwGIiE.

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

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