Has your stomach ever growled in a dead-silent room in anticipation of lunch, even though you already had a big breakfast? Well, unfortunately I’m one of the unlucky ones which happens to me a little too often. It’s embarrassing especially when you tilt your head to see the person sitting next to you already making an eye contact with you! I’m sure it’s not just me though, I remember attending lectures back in university, and those morning classes, ahh, I would hear some stomach growls here and there. The only time where I feel in place. It’s understandable though, for university students, you might not have the time to eat between classes especially when you’re swamped with work. Same goes to work,where even though you’ve eaten, you just want to munch on something. If you work at a place that’s close to a convenience store, I hate to break it to you but that might be a bad news, because you would end up buying potato chips, chocolate bars and carbonated drinks. 

Frankly speaking, all those snacking on junk food can lead to weight gain and other health problems for the long run, but healthy snacks can be beneficial. Here, I’ve listed down some ideas you can make at home as snacks, the ones that does not involve unhealthy junk food.

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1.Hummus and veggies

Instead of eating fries with dip, change it to veggies and hummus. Celery, carrots, snap peas can be cut into bite-size pieces. Snap peas and baby carrots don’t need to be cut. You can buy hummus that’s available at the supermarket, or you can make it yourself. Place them in a jar or a container and it would be easy to eat.

2. Edamame

You can buy frozen edamame at your supermarket as well! All you need to do is boil them for 2-3 minutes and add some salt to your water (optional) and you’re ready to snack on them! It’s an excellent source of protein, iron, and calcium. They’re heart-healthy and you can trade peanuts with this. 

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3. Kale Chips

Take a bunch of curly kale, with their stems removed and their leaves washed and dried, torn into bite-sized pieces. You just need some olive oil, seasoning powder such as chili powder, cumin, paprika and some kosher salt. Bake it in the oven until it is crispy. It only takes less than 30 minutes, and you can enjoy your crunchy Kale Chips.

4. Sliced fruits, fresh and cold
You can’t get anything more simpler than this! Any piece of fruit should have enough natural sugar to fill those sweet tooth cravings of yours. Slicing up fruits may sound time-consuming, but imagine all the benefits. It’s natural sugar, healthy and refreshing.  A combination of pineapples, mangoes, kiwi, mango and peaches can give you that refreshing feeling. It’s not limited to these sliced fruits though, you could bring a whole apple or banana, and other fruits as well.
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5. Baked sweet potato chips
You may be aware of the number of health benefits associated with bright orange sweet potatoes, but did you know that it can also help you to lose weight? Baked sweet potato chips is my personal favourite, inspired by a popular cafe I know in my home town. Cut the sweet potatoes into thin slices and bake it in the oven. You can add your choice of seasoning, I like cayenne pepper, and enjoy it, it’s just like eating potato chips!
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6. Sweet potato fries
I like sweet potatoes! Slice them up into small sizes, bigger than chips. Bake a batch and season as your choice. It’s better than the regular French fries, and these sweet potatoes are baked, not fried. Healthier option for you.
Switching up your snacks and junk food to better alternatives leaves you with healthier choices and boosts your brain power and your productivity. By including these in you diet, you can now say goodbye to the daily lazy hour and ay hello to a more focussed mind and effective productivity.