Slump-free snacking | 5 healthy (and tasty) super snacks

Tuesday, 15 September 2015

In an attempt to fill my snack breaks with something a bit healthier than half a packet of hobnobs (easily done), I've recently converted to slump-free snacking. Admittedly, it doesn't have quite the same initial appeal as a cuppa and a KitKat, but I can't ignore how much better I feel if I reach for something healthier when I'm feeling peckish. 

Going with one of my slump-free options gives me energy, keeps me full until dinner and, most importantly, makes me way more productive. Ayden's naptime after lunch is my opportunity to get on with things - jobs around the house, answering emails, blogging. I can't afford to feel sluggish in that hour and these healthier snacks really help me to stay on the ball. Whereas the 'hobnob effect' would have worn off within the hour and left me scurrying to the kitchen cupboards for another sugar fix.

And it doesn't have to mean more hassle. Most of my favourite snacks are super quick and easy to throw together, so there's no excuse to go to the dark-side.

Houmous and quinoa crispbreads. Quite often I'll have a few of these for lunch, rather than a snack. Especially yummy if you spread some mashed avocado on top of the houmous, then add some sea salt and black pepper. Two of these will keep me full for ages and its something I really look forward to eating. 

Super smoothie. This is my go-to post run snack, or a great 'whoops, I forgot breakfast but can't wait till lunch' option. You can find the full recipe here, but I basically chuck some frozen cherries, frozen banana slices, peanut butter, almond milk and cacao powder in a blender and blitz until smooth, then stir in some chia seeds. It's seriously good and surprisingly filling.

Cacao bites. I can't deny my sweet tooth I'm afraid and these little chocolatey, peanut-buttery snack balls are just the ticket. I found the recipe on one of my favourite blogs and have a permanent stash in the freezer, just in case.

Almond butter and apple slices. I saw a YouTuber snacking on this in one of their videos and saying how amazingly tasty and satisfying it is. Can't say I was convinced at the time, but having now tried it for myself, I can confirm that they really are delicious. Quick and easy too.

Edamame. It was a happy day when I discovered that most supermarkets now sell edamame beans in their pods! Having fallen in love with sea-salted edamame at Wagamama years ago, it was pretty much impossible to find them anywhere remotely close to me and I had to make do with the already shelled version in salads. Now I can order a bag with my weekly shop, edamame in pods have become one of my regular snack options. Healthy, portable and seriously moreish!

If this has inspired you to chose healthier snacks, you can find more ideas here.

What's your go-to snack? Do any of these appeal to you?

* This is a collaborative post. All words and opinions are my own.


  1. Great ideas. I love the sound of the crispbread with smashed avocado and houmous :)

    I don't really snack much as my three main meals tend to keep me going, though I do enjoy a chocolately cereal bar now & again.

  2. ooooh what fab ideas - I find snacking in the evening is my worst time - I will definitely try some of these. Kaz x

  3. Houmous and quinoa crispbread sounds delicious, I need to start eating healthier slumps. Anything you would recommend for energy as I am constantly fatigued.

  4. Some lovely healthy options there. I should eat more edamame - I really like it.

  5. Good ideas here. I love smoothies. It can be hard to have a quick & healthy snack during the day. I love peanut butter on apple slices :) so tasty x

  6. Oh lots of new things for me to try. Thanks for sharing these great ideas x

  7. These sound great, I can't stop feeling hungry and snacking whilst I'm breastfeeding so will try some of these. I keep reaching for the naughty snacks and then getting the sugar lows after, not helpful with a baby and toddler in tow

  8. These all sound really tasty, just the sort of thing I should be eating too! Will be pinning this :-)