Diet & Nutrition

Melissa Leong on the winter snacks that give her life


If you don’t know where to start with your weekly snack shop, look no further. We’ve got it covered. 

Find yourself endlessly staring into your cupboard hoping the perfect go-to snack will appear in front of your very eyes?

Well look no further. Try adding these easy and quick snack options to your weekly shopping cart and you’ll never be sans snack again.

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1. Bush tomatoes

Also known as desert raisins they are one of Australia’s most delicious indigenous ingredients you need to know about IMMEDIATELY if you don’t already! They have a sweet, caramelised tartness to them, are off the Richter when it comes to antioxidants and vitamin C, and the kungkas (that’s ‘ladies’, in Pitjantjatjara) tell me that it’s also a great snack for when you need to stop snacking too much! Make sure you buy them from a shop that gives money back to the communities that harvest them. I always carry some in my handbag for nourishing hangry emergencies.

2. Jerky

As mentioned, snacks are a must when I am on the move and jerky is a tasty way to get some protein into my day without resorting to things with a heap of sugar in them, but they’re a great savoury alternative to the usual protein bar suspects.

3. Crunchy snack board

I love a good snack board situation. Some carrots, baby cucumbers, slices of crunchy Australian Pears , a sharp cheese and a really good hummus gives you a fresh, crunchy and savoury hit that I love. Australian Pears are also particularly great for sneaking in a bit of extra fibre into your day, which is excellent for gut health… something we all want.

4. Cheese quesadilla

I always have white corn tortillas and some kind of cheese on hand at my house. It’s such a quick and delicious thing to throw together in a pinch. Add any leftover veg or roast meats and some chilli sauce, or even a fried egg if you want to take it to the next level!

5. Dark chocolate

Self-explanatory.

6. Hot chips and pate

Don’t knock it till you try it.

TV personality and fan-favourite foodie Melissa Leong juggles a hectic schedule, but is finding the time to focus on her digestive wellbeing in 2021.

New research, commissioned by Australian Pears, shows that while 3 in 4 Aussies are concerned about their gut health, only half know what foods, such as fruit, support better digestive wellbeing. For more information on pear varieties, please visit https://australianpears.com.au/