SNACKING IS BAD?

 In Food

Oh no… I said the ‘s’ word!

The 21st century is renowned for “educating” us on the awful affects of eating between our 3 set meals. Tooth decay, health repercussions, weight gain, diabetes…of course (hope you sense the sarcasm).

However, on the other hand, if you’re regularly choosing highly refined products and processed foods which will ultimately spike your blood sugars… these may be the outcomes.

Snack and eat as many wholefoods as your body requires… listen to your cravings and don’t restrict on what your body is fundamentally wanting. You just need to be mindful and in-tune. And yet I’d also like to add that if you’re continually relying on snacks to satisfy your appetite, maybe think about increasing the volume of your meals!

 

 

So… the combination of my ridiculously fast metabolism and appetite have resulted in snacks being a ‘must’, so I’m personally not down for this “three meals a day and nothing in between” malarkey. I’m a firm believer in eating when you’re hungry and don’t when you’re not – simple. I crave healthy sugars, natural products and unrefined foods… but I can accept that a ‘vegan pad thai’ isn’t included on everyone’s favourite food list!

So this week I’ve decided to dedicate a post to nutritious, health-promoting snack options (homemade and purchasable) to satisfy your cravings and hunger.

 

Apple and almond butter

This is my absolute staple. This may sound odd, but it’s my go-to snack when my favourite ‘YouTuber’ has uploaded a video…. with a cup of tea too, you can’t go wrong!

Call me weird (actually don’t it will hurt my feelings) but I only eat ‘Pink Lady’ apples from the fridge. What can I say I’m a gal with requirements…

I’d recommend either ‘Meridian’ or ‘Pip n Nut’ as they’re the most reliable companies to use 100% almonds with zero unnecessary additives.

 

Banana berry ice cream

As your typical and seemingly unoriginal health and fitness blogger, I always have a bag of bananas in my freezer. I consistently add to collection during the rare occasion when a banana is overripe.

All that needs to be done is to chuck everything in a blender and mixing it until you’ve got a nice smooth consistency. Go wild… add blueberries, maple syrup, cinnamon, lime juice, desiccated coconut… anything! And to make it that liiiil bit more aesthetic, sprinkle a few pumpkin/sunflower seeds and get yourself a good dose of omega-3 fatty acids.

 

Sweet potato fries

‘Too much effort’ – nah, far from it. Just give the potatoes a decent scrub under running water (no need to peel), cut into equal wedges, lay on a tray, drizzle with coconut oil/vegetable oil, sprinkle with seasonings of choice… pop in the over at 180c (fan) for 40 mins – et voila.

 

Carrot/beetroot crisps

It sounds odd, but beetroot is a sentimental food for me. My grandmother always used to prepare a massive bowl of beetroot with juice, thus resulting in me taking purple sandwiches into school (if you went to my primary school, you know!). So here’s a little variation. I follow Jamie’s recipe:

https://www.jamieoliver.com/recipes/vegetables-recipes/beetroot-crisps-with-coriander-houmous/

 

Yoyo

Why not embrace your inner child and eat a healthy fruit wind up? This is more of my boredom/’I want sugar’ snack – it’s not that filling!

On average there are 3 ingredients in each yoyo with “no added nonsense.”

 

Garlic & Paprika hummus

Grab a whole can of chickpeas, drain and blend with a dash of extra virgin olive oil, tahini, pink salt, crushed garlic and paprika. Yes, another classic case of a ‘dash’ of this… no exact measurements here! I guess I go with the flow, taste test as I go on (a very important and enjoyable job role) until I’m satisfied with the final product.

 

PB+J

Crackers, homemade strawberry chia jam and palm-oil free peanut butter. I use the blandest, most plain cracker so it doesn’t take away from the gloriousness of the PB+J…logic. My peanut butter is from ‘MyProtein’ – 100% peanuts. No palm oil! I’d personally always recommend straying away from palm oil for both health and environmental reasoning.

“It is a fatty oil with a lot of saturated fat in it which means it boosts cholesterol levels, raises blood pressure, and brings a higher risk of having a stroke or heart disease.”

 “A large proportion of palm oil expansion occurs at the expense of biodiversity and ecosystems in the countries it is produced. Currently, a third of all mammal species in Indonesia are considered to be critically endangered as a consequence of this unsustainable development that is rapidly encroaching on their habitat. “

Lidl raw fruit bars

I may have a slight obsession with Nakd bars. I mean, ‘Cacao Orange,’ ‘Cashew Cookie’ and ‘Berry Delight’ are bloody gorgeous. But as lovely as they are… they’re on the spenny side! However, recently, Lidl have released 2 extremely similar raw fruit and nut bars
  • Cashew Crunch (49% cashews, 51% pitted dates)
  • Cacao & Orange (40% pitted dates, 40% cashews, 15% raisins, 5% cacao, orange oil)

Equally as delicious!

 

 

So in hindsight, like I always preach, listen to your body. It’s that simple. Understand your cravings and find healthy alternatives. Be mindful. Eat when you’re hungry, relax when you’re stressed, rest when you’re tired.

 

Keep smiling, Lara x

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