Life is busy. Between work, running around after children and endless to-do lists, we often don't have time to eat as healthily as we would like.


So, we have compiled a list of five healthy snacks that you can carry in your handbag to stop you reaching for that packet of crisps when the 3pm slump hits.


1. Fruit and nut mix

These can be bought in the supermarket, but it is much more affordable and is very quick to prepare at home. Just throw eight to 10 raw almonds, walnuts or cashews into a sandwich bag along with four to six dried apricots, and keep them in your handbag for when the hunger hits.


The mixture of protein from the nuts and the sugar from the fruit will give you the energy you need to get through the afternoon.



2. Popcorn

If you love snacking on crisps but don't like the bloating, popcorn can be a great alternative. Make a batch at the weekend, and store in sandwich bags that you can take with you throughout the week. 


Pop plain popcorn and season with pink Himalayan salt, chilli, cinnamon or melted dark chocolate. 



3. Seeds

Seeds might seem like a boring and unappetising snack, but if you toast a batch in the oven with some coconut oil and sweet or smoked paprika, chilli or curry powder, they become a lot more appealing.


Prepare on a Sunday evening and they will last all week!



4. Veggie crisps

These take less than half an hour to make and really curb your crisp cravings. Simply thinly slice or grate carrots, parsnips, sweet potato, or all three. Season with your choice of oil and paprika, chilli or garlic, and bake for 20 minutes.


Seal individual portions in sandwich bags and store in the cupboard to grab when you need. The kids will love these too!



5. Hummus and veggie jar

Put a couple of tablespoons of hummus in the bottom of a small clean jar or travel mug and stick a few carrot, celery or cucumber sticks into it and close the lid tight.


Keep in your handbag for a tasty, protein filled snack when you feel those hunger pangs coming on.



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