Snacks can help fuel your day and provide valuable nutrients. They may also help keep hunger at bay and prevent you from over-eating later. On the other hand, snacks can be a source of extra fat, calories, sugar and salt. The key is to choose healthy snacks and sensible portion sizes.
You should choose snacks from the four main food groups in the Eatwell Guide. If you pick from various groups throughout the week, this can be a great way to bring more balance to your diet.
Foods from the fifth food group - ones that are high in fat and sugar (such as crisps, biscuits, sweets and chocolate) - are not essential. They should be treats, eaten in small amounts every now and then.
These are a good source of fibre, vitamins and minerals, and can help you to reach your 5-a-day. Try:
Carbohydrates fuel your body throughout the day. They are low in fat and a good source of fibre and minerals if you choose wholegrain options. Be careful not to choose spreads or toppings that are high in fat or sugar. Try:
Most of us get enough protein from our meals, but these foods make good snacks as they keep us fuller for longer. Try:
Many of us don't get enough calcium, so snacking on these foods can help you reach the recommended 2-3 servings per day.
We know that making healthy choices can be tough. Try our Habit Hacker for ideas to switch your unhealthy habits for healthy ones, or contact our team to find out how we can support you on your healthy living journey.