These days there is such a strong focus on health and wellbeing that it’s easy to pick up a ‘healthy snack’ from the supermarket, thinking it’s good for you. In reality though, a lot of these bars, beverages and snacks are high in sugar, low in fibre, lacking protein, and with ingredient lists with words that don’t exactly align with ‘natural’.
Although a snack doesn’t need to be organic to be healthy, if you’re looking for healthier options, going organic is a good place to start, or opting for brands that produce high quality, truly nourishing products.
So if you’re ready to ditch the sugary, sweet bars and beverages for healthier snacks, read on to find out how you can start snacking smarter.
How to tell if a product is really organic
Unfortunately, there are no set regulations that require brands to stipulate how exactly their products are being classified as natural. This means any old brand can call their snack ‘organic’ and use words like ‘natural’ to market themselves as a smart choice for the health conscious customer. If you are looking for an organic product, always look for the Australian Certified Organic logo which will confirm that the product has actually been classified as organic by Australian government standards. You can also look for the USDA certification logo on imported products from the United States.
When you’re on the go and looking for a snack in the supermarket, keep in mind that your food choices will affect the way you feel for the rest of the day. Snacks are great because they balance your blood sugar levels so you don’t feel fatigued, dizzy or end up overeating later. However, if your snack is high in sugar, it will have the opposite effect and actually spike your blood sugar levels, causing your body to hit a sugar high.
You want to choose snacks with low sugar content, so that they will help balance your energy by sustaining your blood sugar levels. Opting for snacks with a Low GI (glycemic index) will help keep you feeling fuller for longer, as these products are usually very high in fibre and protein. The best kinds of snacks are those truly rich in ingredients from nature, designed to help the body thrive.
15 easy home-made healthy snacks
- Apple chunks with tahini dipped in chia seeds
- Celery sticks with peanut butter and sprinkled with cacao nibs
- Rice cakes with almond nut butter and sliced strawberries
- 2 boiled eggs with a small handful of cheese cubes
- Gluten free wrap with avocado, tomato and shaved turkey
- Handful of unsalted, mixed nuts
- Smoothie – try coconut milk, banana and a scoop of natural protein powder
- A bowl of banana slices with coconut shavings and pistachios
- Baked vegetable chips – try baking beetroot, parsnips and pumpkin
- Hummous with carrot sticks
- Mashed avocado with a handful of natural corn chips
- Home-made protein balls
- 2 or 3 mini quiches
- Small bowl of sugar-free granola topped with blueberries
- Pear slices dipped in all natural, sugar free yogurt
Healthy snack bars in the supermarket
Check out this table for a full nutritional profile comparison of a variety of snack bars available in your local supermarket.
|Aribar Chewy Cocoa||1.8g||0.8g||16.5g||89||1 bar = 22g||$6.20|
|Emma and Tom’s Banana with Chia Bar||8.5g||3.9g||16.8g||160||1 bar = 40g||$2.99|
|All Natural Bakery Bars – Macadamia & Apricot Oat Slice||21.9g||7.4g||50.5g||434||1 bar = 100g||$2.69|
|Eden’s Bar Sesame||8g||3g||28g||174||1 bar = 45g||$0.90|
|Emma and Tom’s Cherry and Goji Bar||7.2g||3.4g||18.5g||159||1 bar = 40g||$2.99|
|Aussie Bodies Cookies & Cream Protein Bar||6.4g||18.2g||3.8g||215||1 bar = 30g||$4.50|
Chewy Cocoa Snack Bar by Artisse
This yummy lunch-box friendly snack by Artisse is full of goodies that make it a smart choice for consumers looking for a healthier snack. Some of the benefits of this bar (besides it being super tasty) are:
- Certified Organic
- Goodness from wholegrain brown rice
- Gluten, wheat and dairy free
- No artificial colours, flavours or preservatives
- Low in salt
- Low in sugar
Emma and Tom’s Banana Chia Life Bar
Emma and Tom’s Banana Chia Life Bar is made with preservative free dried fruit and raw nuts. The ingredients include medjool dates, which taste delicious and are full of nutrients and fibre, raw almonds and cashews, which are high in mono-unsaturated and polyunsaturated ‘good’ fats, and chia seed grown in Kununurra, Western Australia, which are packed with Omega 3, protein and fibre. A true superfood!
Eat Rite Wholegrain Brown Rice Crackers
These delicious crackers are perfect paired with some cheese slices, avocado and hummos, and are a perfect snack for any time of day. The Eat Rite Wholegrain Brown Rice Crackers are “healthy wholemeal brown rice crackers with Tamari Seaweed, lightly steamed and oven baked to golden perfection.”
These crackers are free from MSG, gluten and preservatives. The Ingredients include brown rice, soy (water, soybean, salt) and seaweed. They are suitable for vegetarians and vegans
Aussie Bodies Naked Bar – Almond, Coconut & Cacao
This yummy Aussie Bodies Naked Bar – Almond, Coconut & Cacao is gluten free with no artificial ingredients. Sometimes, protein bars can be filled with additives and totally unnatural products, but these good guys are full of goodness that make for a pretty healthy snack if you’re out and about. Ingredients include almonds, toasted coconut, cacao powder, chia seeds, sesame seeds, coconut oil and rosemary extract.
Protein FX Lo Carb Cookies & Cream Ba
Sticking to the Aussie Bodies brand, the Aussie Bodies Cookies & Cream Protein Bar is a good choice if you’re on the go and looking for a snack bar with a boost of protein. Although this one does contain flavours, it’s still a smarter choice than a chocolate bar, as this one has limited sugar and high protein levels, ideal for after the gym!