7 healthy snack ideas for older adults

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Looking for nutritious and delicious snack ideas that won’t take too much effort? Here are seven healthy options to keep you going between meals.

1. Fruit

Next time you do your grocery shopping, make sure you stock up on some fresh, seasonal fruits. They’re naturally sweet and rich in vitamins and minerals – perfect for when you need a mid-afternoon pick-me-up.

2. Nuts

If you’re craving something salty, why not grab a handful of mixed nuts? They’re a good source of protein, fat and other nutrients. So what types of nuts should you add to your shopping trolley? According to Mayoclinic.org, some good heart-healthy options include walnuts, almonds, macadamias, hazelnuts and pecans.

3. Avocado toast

Simply mash some avocado, spread it on a slice of wholewheat toast, add a squeeze of lemon and a sprinkle of salt and pepper, and enjoy. This easy-to-make snack is not only delicious, it’s also rich in fibre and healthy fats.

4. Boiled eggs

A quick and easy snack, boiled eggs are an excellent source of protein, vitamins and minerals – including vitamins B2, B6 and D. They’re also convenient, as you can cook up a batch and keep them in the fridge safely for up to one week.

5. Yoghurt and berries

Along with being creamy and delicious, this is a great option for breakfast or in-between meals. Simply spoon Greek yoghurt over berries of your choice and drizzle with some honey for sweetness.

6. Carrot sticks and hummus

Made from chickpeas, olive oil, garlic, lemon juice and tahini, hummus is a delicious savoury dip that’s rich in protein, healthy fats, vitamins and minerals. Served with carrot or celery sticks, it makes for the perfect healthy snack.

7. Dark chocolate

If you have a sweet craving, opt for one or two squares of good quality dark chocolate – it’s rich in antioxidants, and studies have shown that it even has some heart health benefits. As with all high-sugar foods though, it’s best enjoyed in moderation.