Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Healthier treats

Sometimes we just feel like a sweet treat or savoury treat. However, most treat items provide ‘empty calories’ which means no fibre, vitamins, or minerals. These result in blood sugar drops and can lead to feelings of tiredness. Importantly, eating is all about balance and moderation. Making a better choice is always the best way to go, so read labels and try to choose ‘treat’ items that are as close to less than 10g total fat as possible. Here are some great options to help you make healthier choices:

Sweet treat options:

Dark chocolate.
Digestive biscuits.
Try a children’s sweet cereal bar as they are much lower in fat.
Carob or yoghurt-coated rice cakes.
Crunchies or health rusks.
Tinned fruit (in juice not syrup) with some low fat custard.
Lite ice cream.
Low fat frozen yoghurt.
Strawberries dipped in chocolate (set in the fridge).
Frozen grapes for a cold, sweet treat.
Low fat, low GI sweet muffin.

Savoury treat options:

Low fat popcorn.
Oven-baked pretzels.
Vegetable chips (tip: make a low fat dip of smooth cottage cheese with herbs).
Raw, unsalted nuts.
Trail mix (seeds, mixed and dried fruit combinations).
Vegetable sticks (such as carrots or snap peas) with ¼ tub hummus, mashed avocado, or low fat/fat-free cottage cheese.
Low fat, low GI savoury muffin.
Low fat, high fibre crackers with white cheese.
Fat-free savoury crackers.

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