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10 Nutritionists Reveal Their Favourite Snacks

From supposedly healthy protein bars to sugar-laden smoothies, even when we think we’re being good with our snacking, it’s all too easy to get it wrong. We asked ten nutritionists and food experts what they reach for come that 11am craving...

Tess Ward, author & food blogger

“If I’m trying to be healthy, I’ll have some houmous or a bean dip with sugar snap peas, or rye toast with cucumber and marmite. If I’m craving something sweet, I’ll have a bowl of yoghurt and granola with some chopped apple and toasted nuts.”

Jessica Sepel, clinical nutritionist

“There’s a real risk of overeating if you leave hours in between each meal, so snack smart to keep your blood sugar on an even keel. If I’m hungry mid-morning, I’ll reach for a small bowl of berries (a naturally low-sugar fruit) with a handful of nuts, but my all-time favourite snacks are my signature sugar-free protein balls.”

Rhian Stephenson, nutritionist, naturopath and CEO of Psycle London

"I don’t snack too much, but when I do, I tend to grab things like celery or carrot sticks with almond butter, cold pressed veggie juices or crudités. If I need a quick energy boost before a workout, I’ll grab a few Medjool dates – they’re used quickly by the body for energy and are rich in antioxidants and potassium.”

Gabriela Peacock, nutritional therapist and Founder of GP Nutrition

“You can’t go wrong with a handful of protein-packed nuts or seeds, try tamari-coated almonds – my current favourite. If I’m on the hunt for something a little sweeter, I’ll reach for Pulsin’s Vanilla Choc Chip Protein Snack, £1.59, which has nearly 13g of protein and is very low in sugar but still feels like a treat.”

Rhiannon Lambert, registered nutritionist

“The key to snacking healthily is understanding your daily routine and when you need your energy.  I have a mid-morning and mid-afternoon snack every day to stop from overeating and making poor food choices at meal times. Go-to snacks for me could be anything from some crudités and houmous, which contribute to your five-a-day (just make sure the houmous has less than 5g of sugar per 100g and try to buy reduced-fat versions where possible as these tend to have less oil) to a medium-sized apple and a tablespoon of nut butter.”

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Rebekah Hall, Founder of Botanic Lab

“For on-the-go snacking, I opt for a Botanic Lab Plantmilk3 – it contains matcha, which gives a real energy boost and the plant-based milk is really filling. And you can’t go wrong with fresh fruit – I always try to eat seasonally so come the summer months you’ll find me overloading on cherries.”

Rosemary Ferguson, nutritionist

"Houmous is my go-to snack – it’s delicious, packed with protein and fibre and is a great source of vitamin B. If you make your houmous at home, be sure to use plenty of lemon juice and garlic as this will up the vitamin C and antioxidant content; the tahini is also brimming with calcium. Serve with some raw carrots, cucumber or celery for a seriously angelic snack.”

Henrietta Norton, nutritional therapist and Founder of Wild Nutrition

Research in nutritional medicine is developing all the time and recent studies suggest snacking isn’t actually necessary for most. However, in certain circumstances such as pregnancy or breastfeeding, mindful snacking can be beneficial – try half an avocado filled with a dessertspoon of chopped tomato and cottage cheese with a sprinkling of pumpkin seeds. This is a good balance of macronutrients and can help to keep your energy levels up if you know you’re going to have a long gap in between meals.”

Angelique Panagos, nutritionist

“One of my favourite snacks to enjoy mid-afternoon is slices of apple and pear slathered in nut butter with a sprinkling of cinnamon. For me, this is the perfect snack because it packs in plenty of vitamins and nutrients from the fruit, as well as fibre – especially if you leave the skin on – which is important for hormonal balance. Nut butter is full of healthy fats to keep you feeling full, while the cinnamon adds a touch of natural sweetness while helping to keep blood sugars balanced and stable.”

Lily Simpson, Founder of The Detox Kitchen

“If I’m peckish while at work, I’ll have one of our flapjacks – they’re a bestseller at the cafes and packed with oats and fibre for slow-releasing energy that keeps you feeling fuller for longer. If I’m at home, I love Pip & Nut’s Cashew Butter, £3.99, either on rye bread or with an apple and a sprinkle of Maldon Sea Salt.”

Pitted Medjool Dates, £2.85 | Waitrose

Tamari Roasted Almonds, £1.49 | Clearspring

Vanilla Choc Chip Protein Snack, £1.59 | Pulsin’

Raw Millionaire Bites Grab 'N' Go, £1.89 | Livia’s Kitchen

Cashew Butter, £3.99 | Pip & Nut

Protein Energy Balls, £1.79 | Bounce Foods

Cinnamon Powder, £3.77 | Lucy Bee

San Amvrosia Houmous, £4.50 | Planet Organic

Crunchy Peanut Butter, £2.50 | Meridian

 

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