Healthy Snacks To Kick Start 2020

Getting back on the healthy eating wagon after Christmas can be difficult, especially when you have so many opened boxes of chocolates laying around the house. The majority of people will say when it comes to healthy eating, they don’t have a problem with their main meals, it’s the snacks in between that they struggle with. 


Cutting out snacks all together isn’t the way to go, after all, the majority of nutritionists will tell you to eat little and often so snacks are essential. Having a list of healthy snacks that you can rely on to fill you up and easily get hold of in British supermarkets will really help you kickstart your healthy eating in 2020. To help anyone looking for a handy list, British Essentials have put one together for you. 


Mixed nuts and seeds


Though they are usually quite high in fat, nuts and seeds are a great snack due to the fact that the fat they contain is a healthy type. Most of the fat in this snack is the unsaturated fat and not to mention the fact that they are nutritious and provide protein, vitamins and minerals.


When choosing healthy nuts and seeds for your snacks, try to avoid dry-roasted, salted, flavoured or honey-roasted nuts, all of which come with extra salt and sometimes sugar too. Instead, look for mixed nuts that haven’t had much added to them. For example, Graze is brilliant for this type of snack, they have packs of nuts that are not only high in protein but also delicious. 


Vegetable crisps 


Crisps are a firm favourite for a lot of people that love to snack and one simple way to make them a bit better for you is to swap your potato crisps for vegetable crisps. Trust us when we say, they are just as good as your standard packet of crisps. 


If you do decide to choose vegetable crisps over your standard packet of crisps, make sure that you read the ingredients. Some packets can not only be high in calories but also in sodium and carbohydrates too. Kettle chips have parsnip, sweet potato and beetroot crisps that claim to have absolutely nothing artificial in them so, they are worth a try. Of course, you can always make your own vegetable crisps at home too, then you can trust that they are better for you. 


Rice cakes and oatcakes 


Similarly to crisps, people will often grab a biscuit or a chocolate bar when they are hungry, thankfully there is a healthier alternative. Rice cakes and oatcakes are both brilliant swaps for your standard bar and they can be much healthier for you. 


Oatcakes are an incredibly filling snack option, whether on their own or as a base for toppings such as hummus. Nairns have a huge range of oatcakes from organic to super seeded so, there is something for everyone. If you have a sweeter tooth then rice cakes may be better for you. They are really low in calories and again, there are lots of different topping you can have them with. Lots of brands pair rice cakes with dark chocolate to help people with their sweet cravings. 


Popcorn 


Popcorn is actually a whole-grain, fibre-rich food, it is also very low in calories especially for a snack food. Many people are unaware that this snack is actually loaded with important nutrients and offers a variety of health benefits to the consumer. 


It is so easy to make your own popcorn and this is the best way to ensure that there isn’t added salt or sugar in this snack. Simply purchase some kernels and place them in a pot on the stove, turn the heat up to high, cover the pot and wait for the kernels to pop. It is really simple and a great snack. You can add your own flavours too whether you fancy sweet or savoury, there are lots of healthy options to choose from. 


Snacking the right way 


It is much easier than you probably realised to snack healthily and it doesn’t always have to be fresh fruit and vegetables too. The four ideas mentioned above have huge varieties for you to choose from, so you will never get bored with these healthy snacks. 


If you’re searching for somewhere to purchase the snacks mentioned above then visit the British Essentials website. We are an online store for British food supplies and can provide you with all of the incredible British brands you know and love. No matter where you are in the world, with our international delivery you can order from a British shop and know that you can easily get hold of all of the items you enjoy. 



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