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September 6, 2010 | by  | in Opinion |
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Snacks can be tricky. We all know we shouldn’t be stocking up on chippies and chocolate cookies, yet when we’re hungry and lunch is several hours away, few things seem more appealing than a Triple Chocolate Cookie Time. This week I’ve listed a whole lot of ideas to keep your lunchbox full and healthy:

  • Fruit or vegetables: Fresh, sliced, dried, anything goes. Even frozen—try freezing grapes or a banana for something different.
  • If you’re not a fan of “greens”, add something to make them more appetising, such as cheese, or make something like ants on a log (celery with peanut butter and raisins, it’s an American thing). One of my lecturers loves apples with peanut butter.
  • Fruit kebabs are more interesting than “plain” fruit.
  • If a salad isn’t filling enough for a “proper” meal, have one for a snack.
  • Jelly! Your inner-child will rejoice. Add chopped fruit to jelly and leave to cool overnight.
  • Add dips like hummus, cream cheese or salsa to veggies like celery or carrots.
  • Add dip to crackers. There are endless options for crackers (I love tuna, avocado and pepper). Mix up different crackers, cheeses and relishes. For something different, try rice crackers or cruskits.
  • Rice wafers are another option. Plain rice wafers are really nice with honey.
  • Pretzels and plain popcorn are both great too.
  • Fruit yoghurt (stay away from the “artificial” flavours like chocolate and caramel). Kill two birds with one stone and add fruit to yoghurt like sliced banana, berries, or almonds. Yes, almonds. Sliced almonds with yoghurt is one delicious flavour marriage.
  • Make your own muffins—healthy flavours like blueberry or bran instead of chocolate chip.
  • Try something different with toast. Maybe sliced tomato sprinkled with salt or grated cheese, or banana with jam.
  • Make pikelets the night before, and have plain or with jam the next day.
  • A plain boiled egg is a good source of protein.
  • A few pieces of sushi are nicely filling. If you make sushi for dinner make extra for the next day.
  • Make a smoothie and carry it around in a thermos (they’re not just for coffee you know).
  • Make your own muesli bars—they’re healthier and often tastier.
  • If you need something sweet, go for dark chocolate, or chocolate-coated raisins or peanuts. If you need fizzy, opt for the diet or “zero” options.
  • Leftovers often make good snacks—raid your fridge.

One of the main battles when it comes to food is keeping up variety, so don’t be afraid to try something new. Find out whether your friends or flatmates have any “unusual” food loves (ham and peanut butter? Cheese and fried onion? Honey and marmite sandwich?) and give it a try. You never know, you might find your new favourite food.

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