The next time you think about grabbing a chocolate bar in the afternoon, or a couple of biscuits with your mid-morning coffee, consider trying out some of our delicious low-calorie snack ideas, suitable for a low-calorie diet, to fuel your day. This blog contains a number of suggestions for homemade, low-calorie snacks that are both filling and nutritious, and are bound to keep you going until your next meal.
- Homemade Popcorn
Air-popped popcorn is a healthy whole-grain snack with plenty of versatility when it comes to adding different flavoured toppings – it’s super pop-ular! Simply add 1 or 2 tablespoons of olive oil to the bottom of a large saucepan, wait for it to heat, and then test with a couple of kernels before adding in the rest. Once the corn is popped, add your toppings! Some of the healthier, low-calorie toppings we would suggest trying are:
- Rock salt or, if you can get your hands on it, Pink Himalayan salt: sprinkle on top for a little extra flavour.
- Rosemary and parmesan: add the rosemary, some garlic salt and pepper whilst the popcorn is popping and then sprinkle over some grated parmesan at the end).
- Dried fruit and nuts: create your very own popcorn-based trail mix!
If you’re on the go, just add your homemade popcorn mixture to an air-tight Tupperware box and take it with you! It’ll stay fresh and delicious wherever you go.
- Yoghurt Pots
If you’re feeling peckish between meals, a yoghurt pot is a great, healthy solution! Packed with plenty of flavour and nutrients, this deliciously fruity snack is the perfect bite to fuel your day. Adding some fruit to a bowl of plain yoghurt is a great way of adding in a little punch to your snack! All you have to do is add some fat free Greek yoghurt to a bowl with your favourite low-calorie toppings. Here are some examples:
- Peach and apricot
- Pomegranate seeds
- A small handful of raw almonds or cashews.
Pack in some extra flavour and drizzle over some honey or agave syrup. Or for a bit of crunch, a small handful of granola will do just that!
If you’re dairy-free, opt for a simple fruit salad instead! Completely refreshing and sure to give you that extra little boost you’re looking for.
- Refreshing Smoothies
The perfect mid-morning or afternoon snack for any busy-bee who’s on the go. A combination of any low-calorie fruits will add up to something delicious. All you need is a blender! Make up a smoothie on a Sunday night and it’s ready to go for the next couple of days! But don’t leave it too long, they taste best when they’re fresh out the blender.
Frozen fruit and veg are a great addition to your homemade smoothie as they will help keep the mixture thick and frosty but still full of nutrients – and you don’t have to worry about that punnet of berries going off! Frozen fruit lasts much longer but tastes just as fresh in a smoothie.
Although, smoothies are also a great use of fruit and veg that you often find lurking in the back of the fridge. If it’s not quite off but it needs eating soon – chuck it in a smoothie with some ice and a little fruit juice (or an alternative) and it’ll be good as new! You’ll stay fuller for longer and won’t be wasting any good food.
- Veggie and Hummus Crudités
Afternoon snacks are extremely tempting, but instead of filling your cupboards with crisps and chocolate, fill your fridge with vegetables! Veggies are a great source of nutrients, including potassium, folic acid, vitamin A and vitamin C.
Most veggies are also naturally low in calories and fat – so we’re off to a great start. Serve with a small side of hummus – a creamy dip made of chickpeas, tahini, lemon juice, olive oil, garlic and salt. It’s super easy to make, all you need is a blender! For some inspiration, veggies that taste great with hummus include:
- Carrot sticks
- Sugar snap peas
You should aim to make a rainbow on your plate when you’re putting this one together.
For something a little more filling, take half a pitta bread and use the veggies and hummus as a filling! And for non-vegetarians, a grilled chicken breast is a great addition.
- The millennial’s dream – smashed avocado on toast!
It’s a popular dish on a breakfast menu, but it makes for a great mid-morning or afternoon snack. Just stick to one small slice of wholemeal, sourdough or another low-calorie bread and half an avocado and you’ll have yourself a hearty snack that is sure to fill you up and boost your nutrition levels!
Add some chilli flakes, garlic and lime juice to add some more flavour – or some hot sauce if you’re feeling brave! You could even roast some cherry vine tomatoes to have on the side, if you’re feeling extra hungry. Alternatively, if you don’t like avocado or are looking for something a little sweeter, try switching out the avo for a mashed banana! This works well with a thin layer of organic peanut butter.
Keep healthy and fight off any cheeky temptations with one of our low-calorie snacks! Find your local SPAR and pick up the ingredients for your low-calorie snacks today. And why not include some of our healthy snack ideas in your children’s lunchboxes? Read our blog on lunchbox ideas for kids to get some more inspiration!
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