By Bridget Surtees (RD)
Its 2020. A New Year and a New Decade. For those of us in the Southern Hemisphere, January also brings with it long lazy summer days. It is the perfect opportunity to pack a picnic and head to the beach, mountain or nearest park. Not sure what to pack? Real Food Dietitians have your picnic hamper ideas covered. Try some of these quick and easy snack ideas below
The perfect Protein. Add some salt or mayonnaise to make it extra tasty
- Rich in protein and fats to keep that appetite in check
Choose a selection of your favourite vegetables and cut into sticks (baby tomatoes, mushrooms, cucumbers, peppers, celery sticks, carrots). Dip them to keep it interesting -try nut butter, cream cheese, hummus, guacamole or Tzatziki,
- Rich in antioxidants and fiber
If you are trying to keep your carbohydrate intake low, choose the lower carb nuts such as macadamias, pecans, Brazil nuts, hazelnuts, walnuts and almonds. Be sure to stick to a handful even though it can be tempting to eat more!
- Rich in protein, healthy fats and fibre
The low carb fruit with the healthy fats! Add some salt or balsamic vinegar
- Rich in healthy fats
Full-fat plain yoghurt:
Have it on its own or add in some fruit and seeds for more flavour and crunch!
- Rich in protein, healthy fats and calcium
Berries, plums, kiwi fruit, clementines, melon, peaches – to name a few. If you are trying to keep your carbohydrates low and your nutrients high, berries are the best. Avoid the highest sugar fruits: bananas and grapes, as well as dried fruit and fruit juice.
- Rich in fibre, vitamins, antioxidants
Keep the leftovers from last night’s dinner, such as chicken or steak slices; or simply take the easy route when at the shops with salami, carpaccio or prosciutto ham.
- Rich in protein
When the salt craving strikes, grab a stick of biltong or droerwors
- Rich in protein
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