Some of these are no brainers but couple of things to be conscience of…
Be a bit careful with dried fruit. Clearly they are a better alternative to a mince pie (or a doughnut for that matter) at this time of year, BUT they are full of sugar and it’s really easy to rack up the calories without realising it! A kids size box of raisins isn’t bad but fresh fruit is a much better alternative. An apple takes a satisfying amount of time to eat (which is important – don’t want your snack done in a few seconds) and is packed with fibre. Its much easier to count calories and control portions with fresh fruit than dried.
Peanut butter on wholemeal or oat and rice cakes are a great snack. Make sure that you chose the right peanut butter. Got to be natural with no added sugar – Meridian is delicious! The fad for peanut butter is growing into other nut butters – almond, hazelnut and cashew – which can help keep things varied and interesting. They are all pretty yum and increasingly more available in supermarkets. Go on, push the nut butter boat out!
As an alternatives to crisps, roasted root vegetable crisps are a good choice. if you can make them yourself even better and then you can control the oil content. A great tip for root vegetable crisps is to use a peeler – for super thin strips which cook very quickly and don’t need much oil. Make them in batches and bag up as air tight as possible.