Alternative snacks that won’t pile on the pounds

How to stop reaching for the biscuit tin at 11am

By Sarah Alcock, 25 January 2017
Alternative snacks that won’t pile on the pounds

11am and 4pm; those key times of the day where the danger of reaching for a sugary snack is at its highest. It’s easy, very easy to get through a fair few Jammy Dodgers without even realising. And nobody is judging; we have all been there.

You can make your own hummus to keep in the fridge at home for all the family

When you're three mouthfuls in, you're feeling pretty great about your morning, but fast forward the clock one hour and the regret will begin to seep its way in. 'Why did I do that? I really didn't need that sixth biscuit.'

So, to help you survive those hangry times of day, we’ve compiled a few tips, and some of our favourite snacks that will hit the spot without giving you the guilts.

Here are a few tips that we’ve learnt to stave off hunger pangs:

Drink lots of water

We feel hungry when we’re really thirsty, so make sure you’re well hydrated. If you don't like water on its own, try adding a slice of lemon or a couple of fresh mint leaves, or pour yourself a herbal tea.

Eat a high protein breakfast.

Higher protein foods like eggs can leave you feeling fuller for longer. Breakfast foods that are high in protein include eggs (scrambled, fried, poached, take your pick) and any kind of nut butter (peanut, almond, cashew) on toast. Low fat yogurt is another great option for breakast - try not to opt for the flavoured yogurts as they tend to contain more sugar.

Make sure you get a good night’s sleep

Making sure you get a really good night's sleep will make you feel a million dollars the next day. Pair feeling refreshed with the will to eat well and you'll be set for a healthy eating day.


Delicious dips

Cut up some carrots, celery, red peppers or oat cakes and dip in 30% less fat houmous. Carrots and veggies will contribute to your 5 a day - you won't get that from a Mars bar!

Plus you can make your own houmous to keep in the fridge at home for all the family

Or try this delicious and super easy mashed pea ‘mockamole’ – a bit like guacamole but made with peas. Easy-peasy.

Gussy up your popcorn

Salted popcorn (i.e. not sweet popcorn), like Metcalfe’s Skinny Popcorn Sea Salt is low in sugar and will satisfy that need for a snack.

Or make your own from scratch and design your flavours. Cook the popcorn according to the pack instructions on the hob. Once the corn has stopped popping you can toss through any spices that take your fancy - delicious. Just make sure you don't add too much if you've got little ones!

Don’t forget about nuts

Nuts are a source of unsaturated fats. Replacing saturated fats with unsaturated fats in the diet has been shown to lower blood cholesterol. High cholesterol is a risk factor in the development of coronary heart disease. You can make plain nuts a bit more exciting at home by adding ingredients like cayenne pepper, black pepper, no more than a teaspoon of honey, and even herbs like rosemary or thyme and heating them through in a pan. 

Crispy things that aren’t crisps

If you’re a crisp fiend, fear not, you can make your own crispy snacks that aren’t deep fried. These crispy Pecorino, garlic and rosemary chickpeas are delicious – just make sure you serve yourself a sensible portion or you’re sure to come back for more. 

Frozen grapes

No, we haven’t gone completely mad, frozen grapes make for delicious snacks. 80g is one portion so don't go too mad, even though they do taste pretty incredible.

Go online to to pick up all the ingredients you need to make amazing snacks, or find your nearest store.