Not all snacks are the same. Here are some healthy snacks to curb midday hunger!
Opt for steamed options like vegetable pau, har gow, chee cheong fun or popiah. For the latter two types of dishes, ask for less sweet sauce to control your sugar intake.
Looking for healthy snacks for work? Eat a handful of roasted/organic nuts, which are a source of good fats (unsaturated fats) and fiber.
Want something crunchy? Choose whole grain crackers or plain rice crackers.
Bring a handful of steamed chickpeas. Chickpeas are not only low in fat, but also high in fiber and protein.
Steam a small piece of sweet potato to increase your intake of fiber, vitamin A and some B vitamins.
Want to end your meal with something sweet? Grab some fruit to go. Fruits provide not only fiber, but also a number of vitamins and minerals.
Choose plain desserts instead of those with cream to reduce your fat intake. Examples are cheng teng and green bean soup.
Eat a bowl of low-quality soy cheese, which is a source of protein and calcium.
Increase your fiber intake by eating a slice of bread with fruit.
Reduce your fat intake by choosing a slice of plain sponge or chiffon cake instead of cream cake.
If you’re craving something sweet and creamy, have a small tub of low-fat yogurt with fresh fruit. In addition to calcium, yogurt is also a source of protein.
Tips for healthy eating
Eat regularly to avoid overeating.
If you are usually hungry at a certain time of day, include a healthy snack in your daily diet.
Out of sight, out of mind. Store your snacks in hard-to-reach places.
Stock up on healthy snacks. This can keep you from reaching for the most convenient snack that may contain a lot of calories, especially when you’re hungry.
Practice mindful eating to avoid unnecessary snacking due to boredom, stress or habit. Rate your hunger on a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 being very hungry. A score of 4 or more means you’re probably not really hungry.