Carbohydrates – you either love them or you hate them!
But if you’re looking to include healthy carbs in your daily snacks, I’ve got you covered.
First up, let’s just make it clear: carbohydrates can be part of a healthy and balanced diet for you.
Some people do better with a higher carbohydrate intake, and others are better with a moderate or low carbohydrate intake.
So whether you’re looking to include plenty of healthy carbohydrates or are on the search for some healthy low-carb snacks, here are some options for you to consider.
When it comes to healthy carbohydrate-rich snacks, fresh fruit is probably the first option that should come to mind.
Fruit is a great source of vitamins and fibre.
You can have fruit just as it is, but you can also get a little creative with it if you want to!
If it’s hot outside, you might freeze some grapes or add nicely sliced strawberries to your ice-cube tray.
You could also blend up some of your favourite fruits and pour them into moulds to make some healthy homemade icy poles.
Fruit can also be used as an ingredient in a variety of different snack options.
For example, you might add some chopped fruit to some Greek yoghurt, then add some grated apple into homemade muffins, or throw some berries and half a banana into your favourite smoothie.
So, how much fruit can you snack on?
Every person is different, but most people do well with 1 to 3 serves of fruit per day.
But if you’re physically active, you might like to add another 1 to 2 serves of fruit to your day.
Just make sure you don’t eat so much fruit that you don’t have any room left for your veggies!
Whether you’re looking to add carbohydrates or create a healthy low-carb snack, veggies are where it’s at for a lot of extra health benefits too.
For higher carbohydrate veggies, get into potato, sweet potato and corn (which is technically a wholegrain, but most people think it’s a vegetable!).
Moderate-carb vegetables are root veg like carrots and pumpkin.
So, how can you include more vegetables in your snacks?
There are countless ways!
Slice them up and serve with dip, bake slices on low to create veggie chips, or add them into your muffins, brownies, bliss balls and other sweet treats.
You can also sneak veggies into your smoothies if you want!
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Beans and legumes are often overlooked when it comes to being carbohydrate sources.
This is because they're also an excellent source of protein and fibre.
But the combination of protein, fibre and low GI carbohydrate is what makes them a great filling snack option!
You can include beans and legumes in a variety of snacks if you want.
They can be added into baked goods for a boost of fibre and protein, or blended into a home-made dip option such as hummus or black bean dip.
Beans and legumes can also make a tasty solo snack – you can roast beans or chickpeas with some spices for a crunchy savoury snack to have anytime of the day.
For those who are looking for some healthy but carbohydrate-dense options, wholegrains are your friend.
Think popcorn, brown rice crackers or oats.
If you’d like to make some homemade baked goods, you can use wholegrain flours such as wholemeal wheat flour, spelt flour, oat flour or buckwheat flour.
If you prefer to whip up healthy low-carb snacks, switch wholegrain flours for almond meal or coconut flour.
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Eating the carbohydrates you love
After reading though the carbs options above, you should start to have a fair idea about the types of carbs are the healthiest for you to snack on.
The next step is trying some of them out and including them in your snacks throughout the day.
Remember to make sure to keep an eye on how many carbs you are eating and how it makes you feel.
As I mentioned, some people need more carbs than others and this can change depending on your goals as well.
So, enjoy your healthy snacking and more importantly, enjoy those healthy carbs!