Snacks are a huuuge part of my day, I love snacks and I always look forward to snack time (and I don’t mean carrot or celery sticks – I mean tasty snacks!) BUT snacks are sneaky and snacking is often how your daily calories are built up without you even realising. I’ve mentioned before that I weigh out/measure and record everything I eat, well it’s particularly important with snacks! However, even with snacking frequently you can still lose fat – you just need to snack smartly and watch those extra calories.
MY TOP 3 SNACKS
These babies are my go to snacks, I always have a pack in my desk drawer at work, my snack box at home and if I’m heading out somewhere I put some in my handbag!
The Nutri-Bombz Light range contains 39 cals in each of the bombz (amazing right?!) and the standard Nutri-Bombz range contains between 67 and 77 cals per bombz while also giving these benefits:
No added sugars or preservatives
1 of your 5 a day
Packed full of vitamins & minerals
Made from only natural ingredients
High in fibre
A Source of protein
Healthy, omega 3 fats
THEY TASTE GREAT
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- Grenade Carb Killa bars – 215 cals per bar
If you haven’t tried a Grenade bar, you need to right now! They’re amazing. They taste just like a ‘naughty’ treat and they come in a range of delicious flavours so you’re guaranteed to love at least one (but probably all of them!) They provide the following benefits:
Low in impact carbs
High in protein (20g+ per bar)
High fibre (8g per bar)
Good for anytime of the day but I particular enjoy pre or post workout (I always look forward to my Grenade bars)
- Unsalted Cashews or Almonds – 30g serving – 140 – 175 cals (calories differ depending on type of nuts and serving size)
Nuts are very calorie dense so you don’t need many to rack up the calories (I would suggest weighing them and separating into daily portions) but they are packed full of goodness:
A good source of protein
A good source of fibre
Healthy omega 3 fat
A filling snack
Good for a handy snack anytime throughout the day but also good as pre workout to give a burst of healthy fat and protein before exercising.
My other go-to snacks to reduce hunger
- Arla protein yoghurt – 140 cals and 20g protein, it keeps me going until my next meal as they’re very filling.
- Fruit – such as raspberries or apples – great volume foods so you can eat more for low calories, also high in fibre so helps with digestion and to stay full for longer. 100g raspberries is around 50 cals and provides up to 8g of fibre and an average apple is around 70 cals and provides around 3g of fibre!
- Hartley’s 10 cal jelly pots – most of these pots have around 7 cals and is perfect for satisfying a sweet tooth without adding calories, I often have one after dinner to feel like I’m having pudding OR throughout the afternoon if I’m feeling hungrier than usual!
- Nakd or Trek bars – all made with healthy, natural ingredients and really tasty
- Other fave protein bars – FitJoy, Fulfil, phd and Barebells – on average most bars are around 200-230 cals.
- Veg – if you’re after a really low calorie ‘clean’ snack then there’s nothing wrong with a portion of veggies to snack on
A big tip would be to log your meals either in a health app such as My Fitness Pal or even write it down on a piece of paper – but make a note of your daily calories. If your goal is weight loss, you need to be burning more than you consume so you need to be in a calorie deficit – making a note of your daily calories from your meals will show how many calories you can use for snacks and still be within your target calorie range.
Planning is key!
How to choose a healthy snack
To choose a healthy snack I would suggest you check the total calories before eating to ensure you know how much you are going to eat instead of eating something then finding out it has 200 more calories than you thought! Also, try to avoid snacks which are high in salt such as salted nuts and crisps and aim for a fresh options such as fruit or veg which are low in calories and fat, high in fibre and packed with vitamins and nutrients.
It’s also fun to experiment in the kitchen! Grab some natural ingredients and have a go at making something such as some home made protein bites – that way you know all the ingredients and know there’s no harmful additives!
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