5 (five) healthy snack ideas you can make at home

Snack ideas to satisfy cravings, keep your energy levels up and contribute towards your daily nutritional needs.

The 5 healthy snack ideas are

1. Pear and ricotta cheese

Pears are a potent source of polyphenol antioxidants – specifically the peel, which contains up to six times more polyphenols than the flesh – and flavonoid antioxidants, which help fight inflammation. Pair with ricotta cheese, which contains 14 grams of protein and 25 per cent of your daily calcium needs in each 80 gram serving

2.Greek yogurt with flaxseed

‘Greek yogurt is a rich source of calcium for bone health, and it also provides probiotics to keep a healthy balance of bacteria in the gut,’ says Stark, while flaxseed is ‘high in omega 3 and polyphenols, and is high in fibre for the digestive tract’. Flaxseed improves metabolic health and protects against obesity, the American Physiological Society found.

3. Olives and cheese

Olives are high in disease preventing phytonutrients. ‘They’re mainly made up of water, but contain around 15 to 20 per cent of monounsaturated fat and are potent in vitamin E,’ says Stark. ‘Cheese is another great source of fats, calcium and protein, and is rich in vitamin A and B12. It’s all about getting good quality cheese.

4. Melon and parma ham

Honeydew melon is rich in bone building folate, vitamin K and magnesium, while cantaloupe is packed with vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant that protects your cells from oxidative damage. ‘Foods with a high water content are more filling as they delay gastric emptying,’ adds Ruani. Chop up and serve with parma ham for a salty sweet treat.

5. Banana with cottage cheese

Combine a dollop of cottage cheese, a banana and a sprinkle of granola to make your own faux sundae. Bananas are one of the best fruit sources of vitamin B6​, which helps your body to utilise energy from protein and carbohydrates, while cottage cheese is packed with gut healthy probiotic cultures. Top with cacao nibs and a squeeze of honey.

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