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Snack ideas that trump the muffin in health AND taste.

3:30pm hangry-ness be gone.

I go into the day with great intentions.

I have a wholesome breakfast, a healthy salad for lunch…and then 3:30pm hits, and I’d cut both arms off for a Snickers.

My healthy eating conscience gets buried somewhere under the large bag of Doritos I just inhaled and the guilt (and stomach pains) set in before I’ve finished my can of soft drink.

And I just. Can’t. Help. It.

When it comes to that time in the afternoon- anything within arms’ reach is a go. So, my personal solution? Putting healthy things within reach. Ground-breaking, right?

Simple but very, very effective.

 Just as an FYI, this post is sponsored by Vaalia. But all opinions expressed by the author are 100 per cent authentic and written in their own words.

Having an afternoon snack is definitely not unhealthy. But if the contents of the snack are sugar, salt and side of artificial colours and flavours, you’re setting yourself up for a physical and mental breakdown come 4pm.

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But smart snacking will keep your blood sugar stable, boosting your afternoon productivity and preventing you from inhaling the contents of your fridge when you get home.

These are my four go-to snacks when hangry-ness strikes.

1. Honey roasted chickpeas.

These are a perfectly tasty, crunchy substitute for a packet of chips, plus they’re loaded with protein and fibre.

Nom. (Image via Instagram @scaredykitchen)

Ingredients:

1 400g can chickpeas, rinsed

1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

2 teaspoons ground cumin

1/4 teaspoon ground allspice

1 tsp garlic powder

1 tbsp honey

1/4 teaspoon salt

Pre-heat your oven to 180 degrees. Drain, rinse and dry the chickpeas well using a paper towel or a salad spinner. Place the chickpeas, oil and spices into a bowl and mix well, then add the honey to this mix and stir. Spread the chickpeas evenly across a lined tray and bake until crisp. This should take around 30-40 minutes, but try to turn them every now and then so they roast

2. Tropical chia seed pudding.

 If you’re on the ‘superfood’ bandwagon you’ll know all about chia seeds. Their nutritional credentials are seemingly endless- full of fibre, protein, Omega-3 fatty acids and various micronutrients. And when mixed with a liquid, the seeds have a delicious pudding-like texture, which will keep you full for yonks.

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Chia-seed pudding will keep you full for yonks. (Image via iStock)
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Ingredients:

¼ of a cup of chia seeds

1 cup of passionfruit yoghurt

½ of a cup of frozen or fresh mango

1 tbsp of chopped almonds

1 tbsp of shredded coconut

The night before work, mix the chia seeds and yoghurt together in a Tupperware container or a mason jar and leave it to set in the fridge. Before you head off in the morning top the pudding with the mango, nuts and coconut and store it in a fridge at work.

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3.  Veggie sticks and hummus.

This protein-rich dip can be bought at any grocery store but it’s very easy to make yourself.

Hummus is super easy to make or buy (Image via Instagram @loveandlentils).

Ingredients:

1 can of chickpeas

1 garlic clove

50 ml extra virgin olive oil

2 tbsp tahini

Juice of half a lemon

A pinch of salt

Place all of the ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth. Serve with carrot sticks, celery and capsicum for dipping.

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 4. Yoghurt and fruit.

This one could not be simpler and it’s a great source of probiotics, protein and antioxidants.

Triple threat: probiotics, protein and antioxidants. (Image via Instagram @deliciouslyella)

Ingredients:

1 container of vanilla yoghurt

Fruit of your choice- e.g. a punnet of berries, a kiwifruit or a small banana.

Throw it all together in a container the night before or take the ingredients to work to whip up in a minute. Add a handful of nuts or seeds for extra texture and healthy fats.

And if you need more inspo for healthy (and seriously delicious) snacks…

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Vaalia yoghurts are available in a range of deliciously creamy flavours, so they’ll keep your tastebuds happy too!

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