To eat healthier is one of the most common New Years’ resolutions, but according to Statistic Brain only 9.2% of us will actually achieve our wishes. The day that most of us give up on our resolutions is also shorter than we think. According to recent research conducted by Strava, it's January 12th.

Here at Morsl, we have taken it upon ourselves to help people last beyond January 12th by providing our 2019 Guide to Healthy Snacking. Our guide highlights this year’s most relevant wellness trends with practical examples of grab and go snacks you can eat at work.

All the snacks and drinks highlighted have been selected according to Morsl’s proprietary nutrition guidelines, which focuses on natural and clean quality products with less saturated fats, less salt and sugar and lower calories than other foods. They have also been extensively taste-tested and selected for their appropriate portion sizes. In other words, we’ve done all of the hard work for you.

1. Prioritise snacks which improve cognitive brain function

In today’s highly competitive world, as people pursue a more effective approach to their work day, we have seen an abundance of new food and drink products coming into the market that retain and improve cognitive brain function and health. This can mean better focus, improved memory, mental endurance and greater clarity.

Alongside a fresher approach to broccoli, spinach and kale snacks, we’ve seen a more nutritious approach to dark chocolate snacks, as well as better portion sizes of nuts and seeds. For nuts and seeds, make sure to focus on pumpkin seeds and walnuts.

Morsl’s Favourite Brain Snacks; Morlife Dark Chocolate Coated Blueberries, Munch Pumpkin Seeds, DJ&A Crispy Broccoli Florets, Chocolaty Raw Handmade Chocolate

2. Include snacks and drinks which are good for your gut health

Prebiotics and probiotics are able to assist with your gut health, which impacts key bodily functions such as digestion, immune system, as well as brain and heart health.

Drinks such as Kombucha, Apple Cider Vinegar, Kefir and tonics or ‘gut shots’ continue to become mainstream, while we have also seen snack bars, crisps and breakfast options provide tasty solutions.

Morsl’s Favourite Probiotics and Prebiotics: Kreol Prebiotic Drinks, Remedy Kombucha, Farmhouse Culture Kraut Krisps, Piranha Snaps

3. Incorporate more plant-based snacks into your diet (if you haven’t already)

With Australia being the third-fastest growing vegan market in the world, according to Euromonitor, it’s no surprise this is where we have seen some of the biggest growth in snack foods.

You can find vegan options in all snack categories today, there’s even vegan jerky, but having the label of vegan doesn’t always ensure it’s the healthier option. It’s still important to review the nutritional information and ensure you’re obtaining the necessary nutrients.

Morsl’s Favourite Vegan Snacks: Happy Snack Company Roasted Chickpeas, Sneaky Wholefoods Super Bites, Sunny Fruit Organic Figs, DJ&A Veggie Crisps

4. Focus on natural protein in your snacks

Protein has been a trend for many years, given it provides the building blocks to our muscles and bones. High based protein products of 5g or more per serve have often used synthetic based proteins such as whey and soy protein isolate to achieve the levels of protein.

Today we see more products providing natural sources of protein from beans, quinoa, peas, meat to egg whites. These alternatives are healthier options for you to obtain your protein.

Morsl’s Favourite Protein Snacks: Bounce Plant Protein Balls, Chobani Fit Yoghurt, Googys Protein Bar, Griffin Beef Jerky

2019 is the year your snacks start working for you. Functional snacks with better ingredients are here to stay and we hope we’ve made it a little bit easier or you to keep your New Years’ Resolution of a healthier eating lifestyle.

For more information on Morsl and our self-service markets in the workplace, see www.morsl.com.au