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Savoury food is food which has a salty or a spicy flavour, as opposed to a sweet one.
And when it comes to snacking, people usually have a preference for one over the other.
There is a wide range of savoury snacks to choose from to satisfy every taste, plus some healthy ones. Savoury snacking isn’t all potato crisps!
Although snacking has traditionally had something of a bad reputation, it can really help to keep hunger levels down during the day, especially if your meals are spaced far apart.
Snacking is a good way to ensure that you don’t become too hungry and then overeat when it comes to mealtimes. Being too hungry can lead to unhealthy meal choices and excessive calories being consumed.
Long, busy days and workouts in the mornings can leave you feeling ravenous and this is where healthy snacking can help.
The most important thing is to ensure that you choose healthy snacks which will fill you up and keep you going until your next meal. Ideally, you will want your snacks to have nutritional benefit, rather than consuming additional empty calories.
It is easy to choose healthier snacks that you will love as there are plenty available.
Garbanzo Dry Roasted Chickpeas
Garbanzo Dry Roasted Chickpeas in Thai sweet chilli flavour
They are slow roasted, with a crunchy texture and unique sweet and spicy taste but are only 2% fat per portion, so you don’t need to compromise on flavour to be heathier.
Nakd Peanut Delight
Nakd Peanut Delight is a great on-the-go snack. These bars are perfect for popping into your handbag.
They are wheat and gluten free and better still, have no added sugar. Made from delicious dates and crunchy peanuts, all of the ingredients are natural, making them a healthier choice for a snack.
Soya & Chickpea Popped Bites
Holland & Barrett Salt & Vinegar Soya & Chickpea Popped Bites are a great alternative to traditional potato crisps.
They are high in both fibre and protein. Fibre helps to support a healthy digestive system while protein helps to repair and maintain muscles and so is essential if you have an active lifestyle and enjoy doing exercise. These are also great gluten free snacks.
There are also healthy alternatives to biscuits.
For example, Nairn’s Oat Biscuits Coconut & Chia have 55% less sugar than an average biscuit and contain 45 calories per biscuit.
They are packed with wholegrain oats and high in fibre and do not contain any artificial colours, flavours or preservatives. Perfect for enjoying with a cuppa!
Organic means that the food has been produced without the use of chemical fertilisers, pesticides or other artificial chemicals.
Organic snacks include Kallo Organic Savoury Rice Cakes, Hippeas Salt & Vinegar Chickpea Puffs and Rude Health Chickpea and Lentil Crackers.
There are lots of savoury snacks which are suitable for those who are following a vegan diet.
Eat Real has a great range of vegan crisps including Sea Salt Hummus Chips, Chilli and Lemon Lentil Chips and Sea Salt Lentil Chips.
The range of Eat Real crisps are much lower in fat than standard potato-based crisps and don’t have any artificial colours, preservatives or additives.
They do not contain any added sugar. And they are also lactose and gluten free, so they’re perfect for anyone who has an intolerance or allergy to lactose or gluten.
Other vegan snacks include Kallo Sea Salt Rice Cakes which are great with peanut butter on top, and Holland & Barrett Luxury Bombay Mix which are great as nibbles for yourself or to share at a dinner party. Just pop them in a bowl and let everyone help themselves!