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Favourite healthy snacks?

Sunday, January 05, 2014

Tomorrow sees the start of a new school term, and the return of my 50-60 hour work week....so the time is ripe for researching some healthy snack options....

After a 10/11 hour day I like to go to the gym, so having a good afternoon snack is what helps keep me going. A day in the life for me during termtime tends to be:

5/5.30am wake up, 30 minutes crosstraining
6am coffee, shower, change
6.30am commute across town, second cup of coffee
7.30am arrive at work, muesli or porridge as I set up for the day
(Typical workday is 7.30-5.30 M-Th, 7.30-4.30 F, with at least two nights where work will go to 7,8,9 or 10 pm due to functions)
12.20pm lunch - salad, soup, meat/fish and veggies, baked potato the frequent choices
4.30pm SNACK!
5.30pm ish pack up at work then either commute home>workout, gym/class/swim>home, or social/volunteering functions.
My fiancé and I eat our evening meal around 8/8.30 and it's usually quite light as bedtime is between 10 and 11. After dinner is a little time for catching up, chores, reading, TV and net time.

As you can see, that 4.30 snack is key....so some extra inspiration would be great!

Below are a few of my favourites - do you have any more to add?

Wholemeal pita bread and/or crudites with hummus or salsa.

Easy-make oats with honey (this is great for when I'm working beyond 6 and need some carbs!).

Cheese cubes and grapes.

Chopped fruit or veggies.

Greek yogurt with berries or honey.

Wholemeal tortillas filled with low fat cream cheese, turkey and lettuce.

Cheerios as popcorn, or popcorn itself.

Homemade smoothies.


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  • no profile photo CD14126107
    Boiled eggs, almonds, dates?

    Have a good week!

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    2499 days ago
    Awesome suggestions, thank you ladies!
    2515 days ago
    I work in the field and sometimes will work long hours and I have to pack snacks and lunch that will keep me from running to the drive through. My favorites are packing a spinach salad with a handful of nuts and feta cheese thrown into it. I toss in some low calorie balsamic dressing and it comes to less than 200 calories. I also like packing a protein shake supplement because it keeps me full until I get home. I found a lower calorie one that I enjoy and mix it with almond milk. It is 150 calories all together and I love the taste.
    2515 days ago
  • DSJB9999
    you have a great day plan, very busy! Hope there aren't too many snacks in the staff room! If so avoid them, I'm going to try to do that.

    Banana is always a good snack for me eaten slowly.

    I agree bringing snacks to work can be a really good idea.

    I think its going to be good to be back in a routine though. Hope it goes well for you.
    We are lucky its been a long school holiday emoticon

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    2515 days ago
    You already have most of the ideas I would have suggested listed! I love bananas for my to-go snacking, they are just so simple. Also, peanut butter with the fruit or in a sandwich gives it a little extra lasting power.

    With your busy schedule, I'd suggest planning out and bringing your after-school snacks with you at the beginning of the week as long as they'll keep at work, then that's one less thing to think about each day.
    2515 days ago
  • no profile photo BABYSOX
    Homemade trail mix is a big hit with me. I like to add a little bit of dark chocolate to it and then a nut, seed and dried fruit mixture. I make batch and divide into single portions. This is great when on are on the run.
    2515 days ago
  • AJR2013AJR
    Wow! Your schedule is a beast! I have an hour commute which was killing me (until I got stopped driving and started taking the train), and I really need the down time in the evenings. I am trying to get motivated to go to the pool or gym in the evenings, but it is difficult to commit to. I am a high school teacher, so I can leave work at 3:30, but that always means that I have work to do at home. Anyways, I am a big fan of nuts for snacks. I like raw cashews and almonds. I tend to overdo it if I buy the salted kind, but the raw ones work well for me. Sometimes I throw in some dried fruit. Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches always make me feel better, and they don't need to be refrigerated. I also like smoothies with frozen bananas, milk and chocolate powder. I don't eat sugar, so that is as close to ice cream as I get!
    2515 days ago
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