Many of my clients think that snacking it bad and that it always means eating ‘bad’ foods like crisps and chocolates. But snacking can be healthy and depending on your blood sugar, it can be a very good thing to introduce into your daily nutrition. My goals with my clients are to have them eating only 3 times a day, without snacking, to reduce the amount of times insulin is released throughout the day, however if a client gets tired, dizzy, or struggles to eat good sized meals, snacking is a good tool to keep energy levels up.
Snacks don’t always have to be ‘snacks’! They can also be small meals. Here is a list of some good snack ideas-
- 1 apple, sliced with almond nut butter
- Green smoothie - banana, spinach, green powder, handful of nuts, almond milk
- Protein shake - natural protein powder (eg. Pulsin, Sunwarrior etc)
- 2 handfuls berries with a handful of walnuts
- 2 energy balls (recipe on my website)
- 1 homemade granola bar (recipe on my website)
- Homemade trail mix - it’s cheaper to make your own! Mix together anything you like such as walnuts, sunflower seeds, cacao nibs, goji berries, almonds, mulberries etc. You can then place into an airtight container. When you want to have some, place into a sandwich bag to keep in your bag.
- 1-2 boiled eggs with carrot sticks
- Hummus, guacamole, tahini or almond butter with 2 rice cakes and/or vegetable sticks
- Mashed banana with almond butter and cinnamon
- Vegetable juice (recipes on my website)
- Small fillet of salmon or mackerel with chopped veg, or steamed broccoli
- Cooked chicken pieces with walnuts and chopped veggies
- 1 piece of fruit with a handful of mixed nuts
- Berry smoothie - 2 handfuls frozen berries, spinach, natural protein powder or ground flaxseeds, 1 tsp cinnamon and almond milk.
- 2 dates stuffed with almond milk
- 1 handful of mixed nuts
- Kale chips
- 1 slice of homemade bread (eg. sweet potato bread, recipe on my website)
- 1 slice rye bread with hummus
- Chia seed pudding (recipe on my website)
These are just some options, but the choices are endless! Snacks can be super healthy and can be a great way of increasing your daily intake of phytonutrients!
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