Sunday, 11 March 2018

My Top 5 Favourite Healthy Snacks

When it comes to wellness there are two main things that I personally believe it and I try to practise these as much as I can. This is purely my view and my approach. Other people may think differently and have other perspectives. After all, I am not a dietitian or a nutritionist.

Firstly, you are what you eat. What you put in your body is important as it affects your performance, both on a day to day basis, even more so when you are working out. Your body needs the energy to perform, and energy comes from good quality and nutritious food.

Secondly, balanced is key and everything in moderation, including portion control. It's OK to have the Kit Kat, but maybe just have one of the single portion size rather than the family size and eat everything in one go or on your own.

When I started my wellness and healthy eating journey a few years ago, I did it out of respect for my body. I believe that it deserves all the nourishment and until today, I have not cut out any food groups from my diet. I simply eat clean most of the time and I try as much as I can to cut out processed food from my diet.

Today, I thought I'd share 5 healthy snacks that I am currently obsessed with. These are my support system and have been successful in keeping me away from the office vending machine to battle the 4pm energy slum.

First up is an apple with nut butter. I tend to use Pink Lady Apples and pour some nut butter onto them. My current favourite of nut butter is the Almond Butter from Pip & Nut. If you're out and about and didn't pack one in advanced, Pret does the same thing in a pot. This is a great combination as apples are low in calories and nut butter contains good healthy fat (as long as you eat in moderation!).

The next favourite quick fix snack is a pot of Greek Yogurt drizzle with a dollop of honey with some berries and granola. If you fancy making a home-made granola, here's a recipe I've shared previously. Greek yoghurt is a good source of protein and berries are high in anti-oxidants.

If I happen to have some rye bread at home, a slice of toasts would be my go-to option. And to make it more exciting I'll make a banana nut butter toasts, which essentially, a toasted bread spread with some nut butter and topped with sliced banana. If I prefer something savoury, I would spread mashed avocado and topped it off with sliced cherry tomatoes, giving me a smashed avocado toast.

Finally, when I am out and about and have less time to prepare my healthy snacks, the Nakd bars tend to become my go-to option. They have a variety of flavours and my favourite options are Cashew Cookie, Chocolate Orange, and Cocoa Delight. All their products are made from natural ingredients with no sugar or syrup added to them. They are also wheat, dairy and gluten-free. A number of my colleagues and I are currently doing a refined sugar-free challenge until the end of March. And the Nakd product range has been a savvier as I can have something that tasted naughty and indulging but healthy!

I hope this post has given you some ideas if not inspirations that healthy snacking are simple and easy. As always, if you're thinking of starting a new diet programme, do consult and get advice from your GP or a qualified dietitian or nutritionist.

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