Quick Healthy Snacks: My No-Fail Tip

Having healthy snacks in your home is one of the first steps to making sure you always eat well.

But, it can be challenging to say NO! to those cookies that are lurking in your pantry.

So, I want to share with you the little trick I use to make sure I always have something healthy in my fridge to eat. And, it’s so incredibly simple.

What is it? It’s that old favorite word of mine, preparation! :-)

Prepare to Avoid Failure

I like to have fresh vegetables already prepared in my fridge at all times. I recommend you do this too.

It works because when you feel a little peckish, taking the time out to cut up some carrots or broccoli, etc., can be a major hinderance, and it often leads to reaching for something unhealthy, for the sake of time.

So, what I do is chop up my vegetables for one or two days ahead of time.

I don’t prepare any more than two days worth, because you don’t want to lose too many of the nutrients — the longer cut veg sits around, the more nutrients it loses.

But, I find preparing a couple of days in advance is still acceptable, and the vegetables don’t lose their crunch in that time.

My Veggie Prep

I took a few photographs yesterday as I was making dinner of the washing, drying and storing process…

You see, I told you it was simple. Now, you’ve no excuse!

Anylock Sealing Rods

Anylock Sealing Rods

One thing I want to point out is the awesome Anylock Sealing Rod and bag, which you’ll see in my image above (bottom right corner).

I have a pack of these with two different sized rods and two freshness bags. The rods can actually be used with any bags, like opened packets of rice or dried beans, for example.

All you have to do is fold over the bag or wrapper and slip the rod onto it. This makes a closure, which is airtight and watertight. They really are incredibly handy.

But, if you don’t have something like this, an airtight container will do the same job (I just like these bags, as they are great for space saving).

Healthy Snacks Guaranteed

Then, next time you feel hungry between meals, all you need to do is reach into your fridge and eat some goodness — just don’t forget they’re in there!

Also, it’s so handy when you’re making dinner, and your vegetables are already prepared and ready to cook.

I made this for lunch today, in less than 5 minutes, with my veg from last nights prep, and a few extra ingredients…

Watercress, walnuts, apple, tuna, raw veg (broccoli, cauliflower, celery)

Do you have any tips for making sure you always have some quick healthy snacks in your kitchen? I’d love to hear from you…

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Taleen March 18, 2011 at 5:41 am

I always try to have a supply of veggies or fruit about. So many times at work, if I hadn’t have had my bag of apples/grapes or whatever at my desk, I SO would have eaten something that would have left me feeling less than satisfied mentally and physically or I would have eaten nothing at all. Neither which are healthy. Having it there means I can snack away when I feel hungry.

At home, I usually have a nice, appealing selection of veggies in the fridge, meaning that, like you, I can just reach in for a bowl of carrot sticks or broccoli. It FULLY satisfies my snack craving and it is not compromising on taste…if the veggies are fresh, they’re delicious! I love this article.


Melanie March 21, 2011 at 1:05 pm

Thanks Taleen. It’s hard to beat fresh vegetables. I’ve recently found a local farmers market close to home, and also another wee fruit and veg shop in Banbridge, which sell amazingly fresh produce, so much better than getting it in Tesco or somewhere similar.


Taleen March 21, 2011 at 1:47 pm

Oh WONDERFUL!!!!! The stuff with the soil residue is the best! :D None of that ‘pre-washed, chopped and ready to eat’ stuff! ;)


Armen March 26, 2011 at 9:44 am

I know what you mean. The pre-chopped stuff is woeful, dry and tasteless.


TheGourmetCoffeeGuy March 21, 2011 at 4:27 am

Great post. Excellent tips about how to eat healthy, great tasting fresh fruits and raw vegetables. Great idea having carrots, broccoli and other veggies on hand to avoid falling on the trap of eating “bad foods.” Very good insights. Thank you for sharing.


Melanie March 21, 2011 at 1:05 pm

Thanks for your comment :-)


Metabolic Cooking Guy March 23, 2011 at 12:14 pm

Great post. Here is my snack tip:

I like to prepare or have some energy bars, not the kind with too much sugar or artificial sweeteners, but those made with raw honey or stevia.

I make them with oatmeal, crushed nuts, raisins, almonds, and cinnamon for that extra zing (-:

I find that when I have a craving, it’s easy to grab a few small pieces and I’m good for another hour or so.


Londiwwe April 15, 2011 at 3:19 pm

I wil like to know more abt how do u prepare yo own snack bars.


Melanie April 22, 2011 at 8:22 am

Here is a healthy granola bar recipe, which I published on Dietriffic some time ago.


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