When to schedule your snack ‘o clocks

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Snacking plays a vital role in creating a balanced wholesome lifestyle. Slotting in good-for-you snacks throughout your day and choosing the right portions that keep you fuelled, energised, and focused for your tasks ahead is vital.

By preparing good-for-you snacks to have on you throughout your day, you’re able to sustain your energy levels and give your body the fuel it needs that aids it in the recovery process after workouts or muscle strain. Wholesome snacks like fruit, nuts, and the like also help provide your body with essential nutrients, such as fibre, protein, and calcium. These types of nutrients help with your gut, muscle, as well as your bone health.

Here are some of the key times that grabbing a quick and easy snack can help you and your family function as your best, most productive, and efficient selves:

If your meals are more than four hours apart

Many might think that snacking will disrupt their main meals but going for long periods without eating can lead to binge eating or compensating with less nutritious meals. If you find that you tend to have long stretches between your breakfast and lunch or lunch and dinner, it’s wise to prep some tasty and filling snacks you enjoy - whether it’s some nuts, a winter warmer Knorr Cup-a-Snack, popcorn, or fresh fruit. Having a snack to break up your wait for your next main meal will help you avoid taking on unhealthy eating habits, improve your energy levels and mood, and keep your blood sugar level at bay as the day progresses.

After intense workouts

When working out, especially intensely or for a long session, you lose a lot of energy in the process. Having a snack that’s rich in fibre and protein can help you replace these energy stores with carbohydrates to ensure your muscles are well-fuelled to recover from any wear and tear smoothly. A simple protein smoothie or fruit after a workout is sure enough to help your body restore its energy levels in no time.

The mid-afternoon office slump snack

During long days at the office, it’s commonplace to feel peckish close to quitting time. Don't ignore your grumbling belly but rather appease it with a filling snack like a warm serving of Knorr Cup-a-Snack on a cold day or some nuts or popcorn. This will help get rid of an audible gut growl in the office, but also help lift your energy, morale, and help you avoid raiding the pantry and fridge the minute you return home famished.

The after-school snack

When the kids get home from school, it’s always good to keep some nutritious and vitamin-rich snacks around the house that can re-energise them for after-school activities and homework. Some fresh fruit on a summer’s day works great! Knorr Cup-a-Snack makes for a good winter late afternoon snack and energy booster sure to keep your entire family’s tummies happy.

Before bed

As controversial as it may sound, a snack before bed is not going to throw your health out of the window. If it’s been a while since your dinner and you find that you are hungry, having a nutritious snack before bed can even help you sleep better, without the pangs of a hungry belly. Some snacks that are nutritious, filling, and make you sleepy include popcorn, some whole-wheat toast, and even oatmeal.

Before eating out

Just because you’re going out for a meal with your friends or colleagues, doesn’t mean you have to do it on an empty stomach. Having a little pre-game snack will help you avoid over-indulging and over-spending while out and about. Having that piece of fruit or a quick bowl of Knorr Cup-a-Snack before stepping out will allow you to enjoy the time out without much worry on your energy levels or wallet.

Taking time to have a filling snack when you’re feeling hungry in the day can make a world of difference. Knorr has released their new Cup-a-Snack range that is rich in ingredients that are sure to energise you and fuel you throughout the day. Created using ‘Future 50 Foods’ and boosted with noodles, this latest filling offer from Knorr is available in 5 delicious flavours – including roasted tomato and lentils, smoked paprika and mung beans, creamy spinach and garlic, creamy carrots and lentils, and spicy bean. These are some reasons why Knorr Cup-a-Snack makes an ideal tasty, wholesome and filling option to have around when you’re feeling peckish.

Future 50 Foods

‘Future 50 Foods’ include natural ingredients like quinoa, kinds of wheat, beans, and lentils that are all rich in fibre and nutrients. They are also easy on the earth when it comes to growing and producing them making them good for you as well as the planet. These foods are ideal, tasty, and filling to snack on when you’re feeling peckish.

Buy any of the 5 new Knorr Cup-a-Snack packs. What better incentive to fit snacks in throughout your day and stay energised!

These are just some of the times of your day to consider having a nutritious and good-for-you snack on hand and the kinds of foods worth stocking up on. Consider consulting a nutritionist to find out what works for you, and always be sure to listen to your body and its food needs as the day progresses. Keep your body and mind energised and focused with a well-fed gut.

This post is sponsored by Knorr produced by BrandStudio24 for News24.

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