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Healthy snack hacks: getting more fruit and veg between meals

Montage of healthy snacks including tomato spread on toast, guacamole, popcorn, fruit jellies, veggie fritters and fruit salad
Transform your mid-meal munchies into nutritious and delicious snacks.

Keen to boost your snack game with foods that are both tasty and good for you? You’ve come to the right place! We’ve pulled together 30 ideas to help you enjoy healthier and more satisfying snacks.

Fruit and veg-based snacks are perfect for a grumbling belly because they keep us full for longer and give us an all-important boost of nutrition. It’s recommended that most adults aim for five serves of veggie and two serves of fruit every day, but few are meeting these targets. Snacking on fruit and veggie between main meals can edge you closer – and every serve counts.

We’ve rounded up some tasty fruit and veggie snack ideas to help supercharge your snacks.

Savoury snack ideas

Bowl of homemade popcorn

If you find yourself going for chips and other savoury snacks, here are some healthier choices to try. For packaged snacks, look for options that are salt-reduced or have no added salt – this guide to reading food labels can help.

Quick veggie snacks

Veggies can make a quick and healthy savoury snack. Why not give these ideas a go?

Cooked veggie snacks

With a little bit of planning and preparation, these veggie snacks can take your snack game to a whole new level.

Wholegrain crackers with fruit and veggie toppings

Wholegrain crackers are higher in fibre than plain crackers, which means they’ll keep you full for longer. Add on some healthy toppings and you’ve got yourself a satisfying and nutritious snack! Just remember to keep an eye on your portion sizes.

Top your crackers with…

  • Avocado, tomato and red onion
  • Hummus and cucumber
  • Ricotta cheese and tomato
  • Smashed black beans and tomato salsa
  • Slices of boiled eggs or egg salad
  • Corn, tomato and tinned tuna salad

Sweet snack ideas

Fresh fruit platter with muesli yoghurt

There are oodles of naturally sweet and healthy snacks to choose from. Remember to look for options that are low in added sugar if you’re buying packaged snacks.

Quick sweet snacks

  • An apple, mandarin, orange, banana or any type of fruit
  • A small tub of natural yoghurt topped with frozen berries
  • Sliced apple with cheese
  • Slice pear with thinly spread nut butter
  • Fruit skewers or fruit salad

Cooked sweet snacks

Top tips for healthy snacking habits

Think about why you’re snacking. Check in with your body. Are you actually feeling hungry, or is there another reason for wanting a snack? If it’s a while until your next main meal and your tummy is grumbling, a healthy snack can keep you going. But if you’re thinking of food because you’re bored, in need of a distraction, or stressed, a non-food solution might be a wiser approach.

Know when you’re eating. If you’re snacking often, think about what’s going on at breakfast, lunch and dinner. Eating regular healthy main meals can help you feel fuller for longer, limiting the need for snacks in between.

Make healthy choices easier. Give yourself a helping hand by keeping healthier snack choices more visible – for example, put a bowl of fruit or clear containers of pre-sliced veggies sticks at eye level in the fridge for quick access.

Snack mindfully. When we eat our meals and snacks mindfully, we not only enjoy them more, but we are also able to pay attention to feelings of hunger and fullness, which helps avoid overeating.

Watch your total kilojoule intake. Snacks can sneak extra kilojoules into our diet. When we eat more kilojoules than our body needs, it can lead to weight gain over time. Choosing healthy snacks helps to satisfy hunger, keep your kilojoule intake in check, and give you a nutrient boost.

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30 healthy and tasty snack ideas

Last updated: 22 November 2019