The 10.30am stomach rumble is never fun. That twang at 3.00pm is even worse. Sure, you can have those eight celery sticks you packed when your future was looking bright. Maybe even that bruised banana. It does look delicious ...
Or you could waltz over and see what the vending machine has on show today. Apparently chocolate makes your skin glow. Potato is a good carb right? Two minutes later and your morning tea consists of a packet of barbecue chips and a Snickers.
According to the 2016 Ipsos Food Consumption, Habits, Attitudes and Trends report (CHATs), more than two thirds of Australians snack between meals, with research revealing that despite prioritising fresh and unprocessed foods, people believe being healthy is expensive and time consuming.
But this is a new year! And it comes with a new snack. The edible trends for 2017 have surfaced. It's time to part with those vending machine coins and start saving for your next holiday.
Check out these predictions for the lunch box that will brighten up your mid morning blues.
Nuts and Seeds
Walnuts, almonds, chia and hemp will be head liners on your snack time menu. Plant-based protein will continue to work its way into our mouths with the new research suggesting that vegetarian protein sources can have many health benefits including a longer life. These nuts and seeds won't break the bank and will add that extra crunch which is said to help satiate hunger.
2017 says goodbye to kale and hello to seaweed. The highly nutritional and sustainable super food is a tasty essential for your lunch box. Nori (sheets of seaweed) are a great dry snack that can also be combined with fresh vegies to make a fresh mid morning wrap and they are brimming with good-for-you vitamins A and C plus potassium, iron, calcium, magnesium, iodine.
I'm sure we are all very familiar with this snack. It may already be a constant lunch box filler. This year the vegetable, oil and salt combination is predicted to be sourced from a larger variety. Think beetroot, brussels sprouts, parsnips, turnips and more. Roots are in.
Whilst the word 'fermented' doesn't exactly rhyme with 'chocolate', this healthy and delicious fad will continue to add flavour to your lunch. Add a yoghurt to your morning tea or enjoy a miso soup in the afternoon. The health conscious have their muesli with kefir milk so work back from there and you'll get the idea.
Coconut continues to reign supreme with a range of trendy snacks awaiting to hit your supermarket shelves in the form of coconut chips, coconut spread, coconut caramels and more.