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Snack Hacks with Melanie McGrice

Melanie shares with us her top 6 snack hacks to curn the cravings

Do you find yourself suddenly starving then get tempted into snacking on high kilojoule cakes and biscuits?  You’re not alone.  Recent research shows that the average Aussie’s diet consists of 35% treat foods – and being tempted by energy-dense snacks deserves a big portion of the blame.  Instead, be prepared with some of my favourite snack hacks:
1. Keep some almonds in the car 
Almonds are a fantastic source of protein, vitamin E and fibre. They also have high levels of healthy monounsaturated fats which are great for a glowing complexion.  But, be sure to steer clear of salted nuts, as they can be high in sodium, cancelling out the health benefits!
2. Frozen grapes are perfect for summer! 
Popping some grapes in the freezer is the perfect sweet treat for summer! Grapes are low in kilojoules and high in insoluble fibre which is beneficial for a healthy digestive system. However, make sure you don’t snack of too many throughout the day – or you’ll end up running to the loo!  A serving size of grapes is small handful of about ten grapes. 
3. Pop an apple in your bag 
Heading to the beach or off to the shops?  Pop an apple in your handbag as you head out the door and so that you have something healthy to snack on when you get peckish. Although apples may not be the most exotic of fruits, they are practical!  I love that they don’t easily squash or bruise. 
4. Pack a boiled egg in the lunchbox 
Another great snack is a hard boiled egg.  You can boil them a few days in advance, then just pull them out of the refrigerator as you want them.  Eggs are a great source of protein and omega 3 fatty acids for optimal mental health.
5. Switch your fruit bowl to a vegie bowl 
Do you have a fruit bowl on your kitchen bench?  Not only do they look great, but they’re a great reminder to grab a nutritious snack as you walk past.  However, if you want to reduce your kilojoule intake, swap your fruit bowl for a vegie bowl.  Add carrots, snow peas, baby mushrooms and cherry tomatoes that you can grab and nibble at as you walk past.  It’s a great trick for helping you meet your 5 serves of veggies a day!
6.Make yoghurt your go-to arvo snack 
Most people get a sweet craving mid afternoon. One of my favourite recommendations is to have a yoghurt mid afternoon.  Yoghurt is rich in probiotics, which keeps the digestive system healthy by boosting gut microflora. Yoghurt and other dairy products are also an excellent source of protein and calcium.  For variety add different toppings such as crushed almonds, fresh blueberries,  a dollop of honey or sprinkle of cinnamon!

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