If you've read any of my health and fitness posts (I've done a lot of them recently!) you'll know that I'm obsessed with the 80/20 rule, that means, eating well 80% of the time and allowing myself to stray 20% of the time. It means I don't deprive myself and therefore, don't binge. Snacking, is also important, but, snacking on the right things. If you snack on the right things, you'll stay fuller for longer and it really satisfies your cravings. I get a lot of questions about weight loss (obviously, I'm not an expert) but I do think, living by the 80/20 rule enables me to completely enjoy life, enjoy my food, never deprive myself but also, I feel happy with my body too. A mixture of eating well and working out really does work. A lot of people have asked me to do a video on YouTube (something I'm focusing on this year!) about my favourite snacks, so do not fear, that is coming up! But for now, today, I wanted to talk you through some of my favourite healthy snacks.
I work from home, and my snack cupboard is always rammed full of yummy, healthy snacks. If you watched my easy health hacks video you'll know that one of my main tips to being healthy is to clear your cupboards out. If you stock your cupboards with only healthy things, you wont be tempted and you'll only grab the really good things! Thank me later. Now, let's talk my favourite snacks.
First up, nuts. I absolutely adore almonds, they taste absolutely delicious and a handful of them fills me right up because they're such a great, natural source of protein. I find them really good as an on-the-go snack too as they're so easy to carry around (I have the cutest little tin for my nuts). Almonds contain 15 essential nutrients and give you 60% of your daily recommended amount of vitamin E. They're full of fibre keeping me fuller for longer too. A handful of these with raisins and dark chocolate is my favourite, they're so versatile. I also throw them in my porridge for a bit of yummy crunch.
Next, rice cakes and healthy baked crisps. I'm sure you all saw me raving about these on Snapchat, but they taste incredible and nowadays, if you look for baked crisps, you'll see they're really not bad for you and they do fill me up.
Fruit - I love snacking on fruit, such as bananas, strawberries, grapes and blueberries. Apples and pears keep me the fullest and are definitely my post-gym snack, dunked in nut butter they're incredible too. I've also recently fallen in love with dried fruit (as long as there's no added sugar, make sure you look out for that), again, it tastes so good mixed with almonds!
Dark chocolate - one of my absolute favourites. Apparently, rich in antioxidants too. I tend to only go for 80% and above. I also make my chocolate peanut butter cups which are incredible.
Cereals - Cereals get a bad rep but if you make your own muesli with no added sugar then there's nothing wrong with it. I pretty much live on oats when I'm hungry, they keep me so full and I can add in healthy bits like nuts, fruit and honey too.
Chia seed jam - I love snacking on slices of rye bread and sourdough, particularly topped with chia seed jam on top. Chia seed jam is completely natural so you get that sugar fix without the sugariness of jam. You can read my full recipe online here.
Another key to healthy snacking is to plan in advance. In my house, we tend to bake in bulk, that way we can eat the yummy healthy snacks for the rest of the week. I like to bake my healthy blueberry and banana muffins (recipe here) and then my Mum bakes the most incredible oat and cranberry bars which last me all week for breakfast - I need to write up the recipe for that! If you plan in advance, it really makes snacking a lot easier. I can then wrap it in some foil or put it in my cute little boxes and take them with me. When I'm rushing for an early train, rather than having no other choice than grabbing unhealthy food, I can reach for my almond tin or my healthy bites.
When it comes to fridge items, I absolutely love grabbing cottage cheese to snack on. I'm addicted. People either love or hate cottage cheese but it keeps me so full and I find it delicious. Try it on top of a cracker with a bit of homemade chutney and thank me later! So satisfying.
So there we have it, I hope you enjoyed these tips and tricks and favourite healthy snacks from me! Keep an eye out for a grocery video with me!
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