The time between meals can be a danger zone in our efforts to eat healthy. Hunger, boredom or stress can draw us towards quick and unhealthy snacks.

Many snack choices are high in added sugar, saturated fat and salt, and contribute a lot more kilojoules than we think. For example, a café style muffin has 10 teaspoons of sugar and the same number of kilojoules as a small meal.

Snack smarter

Drink water first

Have a drink of water first. You may actually be thirsty!

Apple

Craving something sugary? Reach for fruit - it's naturally sweet and filling.

Nuts

Keep snacks like nuts, fruit, crackers and tuna handy. This will make it easier to resist the temptation of the vending machine.

Fruit bread with bananas and strawberries

Feel like a muffin? Grab some fruit bread with reduced-fat ricotta cheese and chopped up bananas and strawberries instead.

Muesli

Instead of a muesli bar, opt for untoasted muesli and yoghurt. Top with fruit for extra sweetness and colour.

Popcorn

Fancy some potato chips? Munch on plain popcorn instead.

Sushi

Make better takeaway choices. When grabbing a snack on-the-run go for sushi, rice paper rolls, fruit or a wrap.

Toastie

Fancy a sausage roll? Try a cheese, tomato and egg toastie.


Other healthy and convenient snack choices to grab when hunger strikes:

Healthy snack choices
Healthy snack choices