One thing I realised pretty early on in my weightloss/fitness/healthy living journey was that I didn't eat enough. I know it might sound counterintuitive, that you should eat more food to lose weight, but it does actually work. I found that by filling up on healthy food, including snacks, I had less cravings and also less room for "bad" food.
I've heard it said that if you want to lose weight you shouldn't snack as you need to starve your body, this is simply not correct. Counting calories is not a very sensible way to lose weight so don't use that criteria either. I know a lot of people think you should go for plain boring snacks and that fruit is bad as it gives you a sugar spike but what's important is that you chose a snack that will help you stick to your healthy living plan. Build in treats you love and look forward to and you'll stick to them. Yes okay carrots as a snack are nutritional and fill you up but who is going to chose a carrot over a Wispa? It's not going to happen, instead swap in a yummy yoghurt or a Tribe bar (see below) and you're winning.
Here are my top 5 snacks:
- Cashew Nuts – now I know people are going to say "they're full of fat" yes they are but one it's good fat and two it's better than the stuff you would find in a KitKat, biscuits or the cakes that people have bought into work to celebrate their birthdays (this is always a killer and a no go zone, more on that in another post). Portion sizes here are always a bit difficult. I tend to go for two large handfuls but if I'm hungry I'll have more. As I said above, it's better to fill up on good food than starve yourself and end up reaching for a chocolate bar by 10:30am.
Fage yoghurt – this is one of my fav snacks and my go-to-snack in an afternoon or actually at any time. I even have it for breakfast on the go. As I generally eat this at work I usually top it with honey as I can easily keep that in my desk drawers but Fage yoghurts are delicious topped with frozen blueberries and raspberries too.
Tribe Bars – full of natural goodness I am in love with Tribe bars. Protein bars and cereal bars are a really tricky area and something that I usually avoid. Turn the back of a bar over and you'll see it's rammed full of … well I don't actually know what they are as they are words I can't pronounce but they are not natural that’s for sure! Anyway, Tribe bars are full of natural ingredients and they're chunky too, not some little sliver of a bar that’s gone in a few mouthfuls. Their Tribe10 bars are designed for recovery, so post-workout, but I eat them out on long walks or again as an afternoon fill-up snack to get me through a long day. Get yourself your first box here and be sure to use the discount code "lucyfitness" to get your first box for just £2. Basically have a look at the ingredients list and if you know the foods listed then go for it. N'eat bars are a great alternative for people who don't like or are allergic to nuts.
Homemade Yum Balls – you can buy protein/Bounce/Deliciously Ella balls anywhere these days but tbh they're pretty pricey. I've got a simple and delicious recipe which you'll find on my instagram if you scroll back and I'll get it added to the recipe section of this website too.
- A little bit of what you love – if you didn't know already my moto is "Eat better not less" and although I try to stick to that 80% of the time I also believe you shouldn't deprive yourself. The main reason being that deprivation often leads to binge eating. Don't allow yourself that biscuit you want and you'll end up later that night working your way through a whole packet of M&S extremely chocolatey biscuits, not that I'm speaking from experience or anything. Instead, have a limit, e.g. you'll enjoy two chocolate bars across the week and then when you feel you want one have one. Don't just have one because you're bored or because you haven't got any healthier snacks with you.
Let me know if you try any of the above. As always tag me in your pictures on social so that I can see what you're up to and try some of your healthy snacks too.