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The healthy way to snack

THESE days we all lead very busy lifestyles and snacking on the move is increasingly common. Being more mindful about your snack choices will help to sustain your energy levels throughout the day and keep those sugar cravings at bay!

Parents will also be very familiar with the challenges of choosing healthy snack options for hungry children. Here are a few tips to help you feel fuller and more satisfied for longer and many are ideal for kids, too.

Choose your carbs carefully

Carbohydrates are essential for anyone leading an active lifestyle. The important thing to remember is to choose the right kind of carbohydrates. Starchy foods, and especially wholegrain varieties, will release energy slowly and help you keep going for longer.

Healthy carb-rich snacks include unsalted popcorn, breakfast cereals with low-fat milk, and wholegrain toast with a light covering of Flora spread.

Eat small amounts of healthy fats

Not all fats are bad. When choosing a snack, it's best to avoid foods that are high in saturated fat.

Adults should try snacking on small amounts of nuts and seeds, which provide both protein and heart healthy fats.

Good options for kids are healthy bran muffins, scones and bagels, again with some Flora spread or perhaps hummus.

On Your Way To Five A Day

When you are busy, it can be hard to reach your target of five pieces of fruit and vegetables each day. Snacking can be a great way to make sure you are eating enough fruit and vegetables.

Make sure you have some fruit stashed in the car or on your desk at work so that you can grab a piece if you are hungry between meals.