Sunday, 15 May 2016

5 Healthy Snacks to Grab When You're On The Go

As much as I like to try and plan and prep meals and snacks, there are always going to be times when you're caught out and you want something to snack on that's not going to be off-setting your hard work in the gym. Thankfully, in the last few years, there has started to be a shift in lots of shops now making healthier snacks much more readily available- so here are my top 5 to get you through when the munchies hit.

1. Craving sweets? Go for dried mango

These are the best! They taste like little fruit gums or fruit pastilles, in that they're chewy and almost bit gummy and so are probably the closest thing you're going to get to sweets. My personal favourite is the Sainsbury's own brand ones, they come in small sized snack bags in locals but you can buy larger bags in the supermarkets. Yes there is sugar in this, but it is all natural so you don't have to worry too much, just make sure you're having natural sugars in moderation.

2. Craving a cereal/snack bar? Go for a Trek Bar

Quite often now you see cereal bars around the checkouts of supermarkets as a 'healthy' alternative to sweets and chocolate. But that doesn't neccisarily mean that they are good for you and they can often pack in a lot more sugar than you think, and not really have much nutritional benefits. However, Trek bars are a bit of a middle ground to this; I wouldn't reccomend them as an everyday food, but sometimes you need something you can just grab and go, and there's definitley worse choices out there than these.

3.Craving biscuits? Go for corn thins

There's always that time at work when you just want something to munch on whilst you have your tea, and usually the first thing that comes to hand is a biscuit. But step away from the biscuit tin, and into the world of corn thins/oatcakes. You can literally top these with whatever takes your fancy, but I'd stick to a nut butter and maybe some sliced banana or strawberries if you want to keep these on the healthy side. These require a smidge of preparation so if you really are on the go, grab the dark chocolate ones from Sainsbury's instead.

4. Craving savoury? Go for almonds

Almonds are a great way to get some good fats into your diet, but make sure you don't go overboard with these- you probably want to aim for no more than around 8-10. I always keep a bag of these tucked away in a pocket of my bag so that whenever I need something, I've got these to hand.

5. Craving chocolate? Go for a dark choc bar

And when I say bar, I mean a few squares of a bar! However places such as Pret do a great teeny bar that is about 2-3 squares of dark chocolate with sea salt which is amazing!

Hope that gives you some inspiration for next time you need a quick snack, please let me know your lifesavers in the comments!


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