Snacking. It’s one of my favourite hobbies, which is great news for my tastebuds, but not necessarily my backside. In the interests of keeping the calories – but not the flavour – in check, I chatted with healthy snack co Harvest Box’s resident foodie and nutrition expert, Georgina Waldie, for some strategies to avoid mindless munching and get the most from your mini-meals. Here are her six tips for smart snacking. Bon appétit!
1. Stay hydrated
"The first thing to check is whether you’re actually thirsty, not hungry! These two things are often confused. Feeling peckish? Have a big glass of water first, then reassess. Also, if your eyes start to feel heavy, this signals dehydration. Your eyes are constantly wet and they need to be replenished with this liquid to keep them happy."
2. Keep an eye on portion size
"If you’re still hungry, go for a healthy, portion-controlled snack. Nuts and dried fruit are good, but make sure you don’t overdo it. Harvest Box has handy snack packs that are pre-packed in perfect, snack-size portions. Our yummy Health Bombs (which you will all receive this month!) are also great – they’re low calorie, have no added sugar and won’t give you the post-added-sugar comedown you’d get from a choccie bar. They’re perfectly portion-controlled, and the perfect way to get you through to your next meal."
3. Snack when you need energy
"The best times to snack, and how often, really depend on how active you are and how fast your metabolism is. Someone sitting on the sofa all day can probably do without snacks and just stick to three healthy meals (which is annoying, because who doesn’t love pigging out on the sofa every now and again?!). But, if you’re up and about a lot, and/or exercising, a couple of snacks a day – mid-morning and mid-afternoon – will keep you going."
4. Time your snacks for maximum impact
"Nuts are great in the morning for a fibre, protein and energy boost (our We Love Nuts pack is perfect). Dried fruit and trail mixes with a sprinkling of good-quality chocolate (like our Harvest Box Power Mix) are perfect at about 3pm – especially if you’ve got a sweet tooth!"
5. Feed your brain
"Firstly, remember that water keeps your brain lubricated. Nuts are a great source of protein, and high in monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, so they help reduce blood cholesterol to keep that heart pumping healthily. Pistachios are high in Vitamin B6, which aids cognitive ability, so a 40g serving just before a meeting is a good thing."
6. Snack light before exercise
"Fresh fruit is great before exercise, due to its natural sugars. We’ve also heard from lots of Harvest Box customers that our Health Bombs are great before and after exercise, as they fill you up but aren’t too heavy. A lot of people throw them in their gym bags, just in case."
"The golden rule is to listen to your body. It knows its stuff and will tell you when you need either food or water."
AND guess what, bellas? You’ll all be receiving a scrummy pack of Harvest Box Health Bombs to try in March! I’ve personally tried them all and, unlike some health food out there that tastes like dirt and cardboard, I can hand-on-heart confirm they’re completely delish! Each snack-size pack is choc (mmm, choc) full of itty-bitty bite-sized ‘bombs’ of superfood goodness; think antioxidant all stars cranberry and blueberry blended with cacao, or gogi berry with omega-3-rich chia seeds and tasty cashews and almond. Yum!
Love what you tried? Head to Coles (check the fruit and nut aisle) or online now to get 20 % off all Harvest Box treats until 29/03/2016. Or earn a $10 credit when you sign up to their subscription snack box and have your favourite nuts, seeds and dried fruit combos delivered straight to your desk each week - genius! To redeem this offer, click here.