How to stay healthy without giving up your mid-day snacks

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Healthy Snacks

Healthy Snacks

(This is a sponsored blog post by CAL Marketing, but all opinions are my own)

The holiday season must be every foodie’s favourite season of the year. The countless dinner parties, special seasonal menus and of course the many discounts around town. It is foodie heaven.

But after you’ve had more charcuterie boards than you have fingers on your hands, and your hair just seems to have a permanent whiff of Korean barbecue no matter how many times you wash it. It’s probably the season your health dreads the most. 

It might be the reason why most people make a New Years’ resolution to get healthier every year but fail. 

Trying to make huge changes to their lifestyles and thinking New Year’s resolution excitement will last the whole year, isn’t the best strategy.

So instead of radical changes and sudden big diet swaps, why not make small changes that turn into healthy habits. The kind of habits that can stick and make a real impact on your health over time. 

Here are ten healthier snack options that don’t skimp on taste - a worthy addition into your snack drawer:

Tropical Field’s Trail Mix Crackers

Tropical fields trail mix

Nuts and seeds are high in healthy fats, fibre and packed with energy to last you throughout the day. Tropical Field’s Trail Mix Crackers are a great mid-day snack if you want something filling, packed with healthy nutrients that will burn slowly instead of giving you a quick sugar crash. 

These trail mix crackers are also individually packed, which makes them a great on-the-go snack you can keep in your bag, desk or car. 

Cob’s Organic Popcorn Sea Salt

Cob's slightly salted popcorn

Popcorn is a great option to snack on. Low in calories, high in fibre and filling enough to stave off hunger. The perfect characteristics of a healthy snack. 

Cob’s does instant popcorn in convenient packets that make popcorn an easy grab-and-go option, getting rid of any excuse to grab a bag of crisps instead. They only use organic corn kernels and sunflower oil to pop their corn into delicious fluffy and crunchy perfection.

I always have a packet of instant, ready-to-eat popcorn at home to munch on mindlessly while I am working at my desk. 

Juicies Tropical Frozen Dessert Sticks

Summer in Australia is hot, and anything ice-cold is a much welcomed and sought-after snack. I think most of us would instantly go for creamy ice cream, but ice cream of all sorts is high in saturated fat. The type of fat your body doesn’t need and shouldn’t be loading up on.  

Juicies make 100% fruit ice pops with no added sugar or anything you can’t pronounce in the ingredient list. These New Zealand-made ice pops are delicious and satisfying for any summer day. 

Tropical Fields Coconut Wafer Thins

tropical fields coconut wafers

Eating healthy doesn’t mean you have to always stick to flavourless snacks. Tropical Fields Coconut Wafer Thins are thinly baked coconut wafers with rich dark chocolate sandwiched in between.

No artificial colours or preservatives and only real ingredients are used. It’s a great guilt-free snack for anyone who loves chocolate coupled with crispy thin wafers. 

Olina’s Artisan Cracker Biscuits Raisin & Pumpkin Seeds

Crunchy biscuits are a favourite snack to munch on during the day in between meals. Crunchy, starchy goodness that is unfortunately almost always high in saturated fat, sugar and sodium. 

Olina’s Artisan Cracker Biscuit range is great for dips and spreads.

Taro & Sweet Potato Chips with Sea Salt

sweet potato chips

Crisps are just delicious. Something about thinly sliced potatoes deep-fried in oil and then seasoned makes them rather addictive. Crispy, savoury, sometimes spicy. I LOVE crisps. But they might be one of the most unhealthy snacks people commonly eat.

A healthier alternative is veggie crisps, and these Taro & Sweet Potato Chips are a great option. Lower in calories, containing more healthy nutrients and most importantly – lower in trans and saturated fats. 

Calbee Harvest Snaps Pea Original Salted Baked Crisps

calbee snap pea chips

Another tasty but healthy alternative to traditional crisps is Calbee’s Snap Pea baked crisps. I love the texture of these and the fact that they’re baked and not fried makes these a guilt-free snack. 

Slightly nutty and slightly salty makes these incredibly enjoyable. 

Korean Puffed Rice Snacks

These puff rice rolls can be found at most Asian grocery stores and are super fun to eat because they’re incredibly crunchy and airy at the same time. Similar to popcorn, but made into these sweet cracker light creations with the help of natural molasses sugar. A healthier alternative to refined sugars. 

No artificial colours or preservatives and only real ingredients you’re able to pronounce and know.

Korean Seaweed

Korean Seaweed snack

Dried seaweed snacks are a popular snack in most east Asian countries and they’re full of minerals and vitamins your body needs. It’s a simple and tasty way to get some essential micronutrients in a few bites. Dry seaweed can come in a variety of flavours and textures. 

My favourite out of all the types is the Korean-style seaweed snacks that are light and crispy in texture. Seriously delicious and seriously healthy. 

Tropical Fields Coconut Rolls

Tropical fields coconut rolls

Tropical Fields Coconut Rolls from Costco are delicious. These crispy light coconut rolls are made with real coconut milk and tapioca flour, making these tasty biscuit rolls low in cholesterol and gluten-free. 

The great thing about using coconut milk is you still get that satisfyingly rich flavour, but none of the bad stuff like trans and saturated fat. 

Every person I’ve shared these with have loved them! 

The Bottom Line

Don’t go throwing out all your snacks in the pantry and replacing them with carrot sticks overnight. 

Getting in shape and having a healthier lifestyle doesn’t have to feel like a chore. 

Small changes you can stick to are much more effective than big ones. Try some of the snacks from the list above and replace them with the most unhealthy snack you currently like to indulge in for results that stick. 

Janice Fung

Janice Fung

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