Healthy snacks for busy parents: 7 ways to eat better

September 17, 2018
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    Busy parents struggle to maintain a healthy lifestyle while balancing the daily demands of family and career. Eating well can very often become compromised. When hunger strikes, it’s easy to reach for cookies, chips, or bubble tea.

    But snacking doesn’t have to be a fat-laden activity. With more companies turning out nutritious bites, tea-time treats have become increasingly wholesome. Best part is, busy parents can order these snacks online and get them delivered to the doorstep. Snack well, so you may live better.

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  • Renew 
    2 / 8 Renew 

    Relatively new in the local gourmet snack scene, Renew offers a variety of healthy but deliciously flavoured handcrafted snacks (lavender and pistachio or coffee and cashew nut butters, anyone?) featuring mainly nuts, seeds, and dried fruits.

    Favourites include Briyani (lightly baked cashew nuts with spices and blackcurrant), Sunrise (matcha honey sliced almonds and macadamia nuts with chocolate drops), and Gusto (honeyed cinnamon pecans and dried cranberries).

    Choose from 100g and 300g packs in your desired flavours or customise your own. You can also opt for subscription boxes (4 x 30g pack) with freshly-baked flavours such as watermelon and pear crisps. These boxes make good gifts and party favours.

    The company even has gourmet nut butters to cater to vegans and diabetics. Spread them on toast, add to a smoothie, or eat a spoonful straight from the jar.

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  • BoxGreen
    3 / 8 BoxGreen

    This homegrown company, which launched in 2014, offers over 50 flavours of snacks. Working with an inhouse nutritionist, BoxGreen focuses on natural and tasty snacks. It’s easy to watch your portions since its snacks come in portion-controlled packaging (read: single serves).

    We recommend creative flavours inspired by local desserts, such as Cheng Tng (dried longan, goji berries and lotus seeds) and Almond Longan Jelly (baked almonds and dried longan). Many are also fans of Quinoa Cocoa Cookie (about 30 per cent less calories and sugar than a regular chocolate cookie), Shitake Mushroom Crisps (they don’t sound appealing but are really yummy), and Soya Crips (as addictive as potato chips but healthier).

    Can’t decide which to order? Begin with a box bundle that offers 12 small packs of snacks in 4 different varieties across categories such as Lim KopiSource Of Protein and Source Of Fiber.

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  • Simply Active
    4 / 8 Simply Active

    The company began as a distributor for sports nutrition products, but expanded its range to include snacks and drinks that support a healthy and active lifestyle.

    Pure Exercise Recovery Cocoa & Honey is a premium and natural post-exercise drink made with raw organic cacao powder, milk protein and New Zealand honey powder. Each serving contains 15g of protein to improve tissue building and repair, while providing essential minerals such as potassium, magnesium and calcium. At 300 calories per serve, it makes a delicious meal replacement, or serves as a delicious low-fat chocolate drink.

    BKST Vegan Chocolate Bar is great for those seeking dairy-free alternatives to chocolate. Yummy and made with a high percentage of cocoa solids and organic coconut sugar, these bars are free from soy, gluten, preservatives and artificial ingredients. Pick from 4 amazing flavours: Coconut Chip, Dark Cocoa, Maca Espresso and Mint Slice.

    Also not to be missed is Teapigs matcha (powdered green tea). Matcha gives you 137 times more antioxidants than regular brewed green tea and can help you stay mentally alert. It aids detoxification, boosts metabolism and keeps skin healthy. The Teapigs single-serve sachets come in appetising flavours like Matcha Chai Latte, Matcha Turmeric Latte and Matcha Cocoa Latte, which you can add to hot milk.

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  • Oatberry
    5 / 8 Oatberry

    If you love a granola bowl, you will be thrilled with Oatberry granolas. Commercial brands at the supermarket often contain loads of sugar and artificial flavourings but Oatberry stands out for its homemade approach with vegan (dairy- and egg-free) recipes. They’re also gluten-free, soy-free, and nut-free (save for Maple Pecan).

    You can try Double ChocolateOriginalCinnamon Apple or Maple Pecan with soy milk for breakfast or tea-time. They can even be sprinkled over vegan ice cream for dessert.

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  • The Fitness Grocer
    6 / 8 The Fitness Grocer

    This online store helps busy parents meet protein goals while teasing their palates. Justine’s Complete Protein Cookie from New Zealand is a soft baked low-carb, high-protein cookie. Depending on flavour, each contains more than 15g of protein but less than 3g of carbs. This post-gym snack comes in 5 flavours: Peanut Butter Choc Chip, Raspberry with White Choc, Choc Chip, Double Choc Dream, and Choc Fudge.

    If you prefer chips, Quest Protein Chips will be up your alley. With 21g of protein in a single serve, and only 3g of carbs and 4g of fats, this trumps the regular potato chip. Flavours on offer include BBQ, cheddar and sour cream, and sour cream and onion.

    Whole food worshippers, reach out for Organic Tigernuts. This little-known tuber, which is not a nut, has been around for many centuries. High in fibre, magnesium, protein, iron and vitamins, it is a healthy snack that is vegan, gluten-free and allergen-free. Munch on them right out of the bag or soak them for several hours to rehydrate them for a fuller flavour.

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  • Boundless
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    Nuts sold here are not the usual raw or roasted versions you find at the stores. Instead, the nuts here are soaked in water before getting baked. Soaking activates the nuts by removing the protective enzymes and phytic acid, which does away with the bitter taste and lends a fuller flavour to bring about better absorption and digestion.

    Available in 30g packs – a convenient handy size that also happens to be the single recommended portion – each contains less than 180 calories but is packed with protein (from 4.8-8.4g per serving). Available in Orange, Ginger & MapleCayenne & Rosemary, and Tamari & Aleppo.

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  • Tapped
    8 / 8 Tapped

    Not all water is created equal and the new kid on the block is birch water. It may be foreign to busy parents but the Finnish birch forests have been tapped for their sap in the springtime for the past few centuries.

    This slightly sweet natural water is loaded with vitamins, proteins, amino acids and minerals, and offers lots of health benefits. It’s a natural detoxifying beverage that’s low in calories, from 8 calories for the unflavoured version to 38 for flavoured ones.

    Tapped offers these waters in 4 varieties – 100% organic Birch WaterElderflowerBilberry & Lingonberry, and Apple & Root Ginger. Be inventive; turn yours into an ice lolly or use in shakes and smoothies!

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