Lent snacking!

The Irish population love snacking nearly as much as we want to loose weight! However these snacks aren’t always nutritious and they can add too many unneeded calories into our diets. While lent is here people find it hard to swap their chocolate, sweets or crisps for healthy snacks, and so I am here to help!

When done right snacking can keep our energy levels stable and gives us opportunities to  get in all our nutritional needs!

Here are some nutrient dense foods that can work perfectly for snack time!

1. An apple and skimmed milk

Almost any fruit is going to make a great snack, but you usually want to pair it with a bit of protein to make it more satisfying. Pairing a piece of fruit with a glass of skimmed milk gives you this perfect combination

2. Cottage cheese filled avocado

Here is another fruit (yes avocado is a fruit) and protein combo, the avocado gives us our highly nutritious fruit serving while getting that protein punch from the cottage cheese. Perfect for when your craving something creamy, rich and a bit savoury. Remove the pit from one half of an avocado and fill the hole with 1% cottage cheese.

3. Canned Tuna on wholewheat crackers

This is for the non dairy lovers, Tuna canned in water or brine packs a protein punch but also has lots of healthy omega-3’s

4. Warm pear with Cinnamon ricotta

Ricotta cheese is rich in protein, and pears are a good source of fibre. Together with a teaspoon of cinnamon this makes a great snack for any time of the day.

5. Low fat natural yogurt with a handful of berries

Perfect for a quick on the go snack that can be kept in a hand bag or rucksack, the yogurt gives us a protein hit and we get loads of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants from our berries

6. Handful of Almonds with a banana

Who doesn’t love nuts? Pair them with a banana to get a protein, fibre, carbohydrate and fat rich snack! who new such an easy combo could hit all the foods groups we need to stay healthy.


 Erin O’Leary BSc