Hello and Welcome to ‘a week of‘. I’d noticed, and you may have noticed too, that my snacks have been a bit rubbish lately.
I’ll be honest, I was thinking it was a good way to cut some calories from my day. But, deep down I know, and you might know too, that my body (and maybe yours too) functions far better when it is fed regularly.
I am typically up early – more so now the trains aren’t running and I have to catch a coach. Typically, I can be found somewhere between 6.30 and 7.00 in the morning running to catch the coach.
So a breakfast at 6.00 is not going to keep me going until 1pm when I typically break for lunch. In the same way; when I leave work I go straight to the gym for 1-2 hours before I go home and make dinner. Lunch at 1pm is not going to tide me over until 7 or 8pm.
So, this week I focused on eating good, snacks. Perhaps I was in a bit of a snack rut, so I thought I would try some new things. It is testament to the fact that I’ve been feeling a bit rubbish all week, that most of my snacks were bought. In the past I have made lovely homemade snacks, like my buckwheat crispies or my dehydrated kale chips.
But I don’t think shop bought has to mean unhealthy. There are healthy and nutritious snacks out there if you know where to look.
I can’t remember what I had when, so I’ll go through clockwise from the top left .
- Sour cream and chive pop corn from Proper Corn: Oh my goodness, I found these on sale in the shop at work. Back along I was making my own popcorn – It’s a high fibre, low fat snack. Sour cream and chive used to be my favourite pringles, so these were amazing. Ingredient list isn’t too bad, I’d take a little issue with dried glucose syrup and sugar, but the ingredients are: Hand-popped corn, rapeseed oil, dried glucose syrup, onion, sugar, salt, parsely, chives, horesradish, yoghurt, natural flavourings. They have less than 100 calories per bag, 1.4g protein, 10.9g carbohydrate, 0.8g sugar, 4.5g fat of which 0.3 saturated and 2.2g fibre – so they can fit into a healthy diet.
- Tomato, Pepper and Quinoa soup from The Food Doctor: My colleague gave me this nutritious cuppa-soup from , and I had this one morning at work. I’ve not had a cuppa soup for ages, and I found this one quite nice. It might be that I don’t eat much processed food though, because my colleague found it bland. A much longer ingredient list than I would perfer: Lentil Flour,Tomato Powder (20%) ,Dried Quinoa Flakes (10%) ,Pea Protein ,Red Pepper Powder (7%) ,Vegetable Powders (Onion, Carrot) ,Chicory Fibre ,Yeast Extract ,Garlic Powder ,Dried Glucose Syrup ,Dried Red Pepper (1%) ,Colour (Paprika Extract) ,Chilli Powder ,Dried Coriander ,Ground Cumin ,Dried Oregano ,Ground Black Pepper ,Dried Jalapeno Pepper.
- Hummus and carrot sticks: I bought some reduced fat hummus from Asda, which is just down the road from me. When I compared some of the other supermarket offerings I decided that I should probably stick to making my own. But if I do buy from the supermarket, I might stick to Sainsbury’s Be Good To Yourself Hummus which is lower in fat and calories, although Asda’s has a more natural ingredient list without added cornflour (added in Sainsburys, I assume as a thickener). Asda ingredients list: Cooked Chickpeas (51%) [Chickpeas, Water], SESAME SEED PASTE (18%), Water, Rapeseed Oil, Garlic Granules (0.9%), Acidity Regulator (Citric Acid), Concentrated Lemon Juice, Salt
- Muller Corner, cherry flavour: This was a treat that took me back to my childhood. I haven’t had a Muller corner for years – not low enough fat and too much sugar. But as a treat, it wasn’t too bad, or at least it could be far worse. I chose one with the lowest sugar. Ingredient list: Yogurt, Cherries (11%), Sugar, Water, Stabilisers: Pectins, Guar Gum, Flavourings, Citric Acid
- Inspiral Loveberry Bites: These raw buckwheat bites came free with my order from Inspiral. 100% natural, vegan, gluten free and organic: raspberries*, dates*, strawberries*, almonds*, coconut palm sugar*, sunflower seeds*, sultanas*, goji berries*, flax seeds*, millet*, quinoa*, beetroot powder*, vanilla powder*, nothing else. They were nice, but some were a bit while others were chewy, and there was too much of a powdery taste for me. It tasted a bit like maqui berry powder, but I was surprised to find none in the ingredients list
- Homemade green smoothie: My only truly homemade snack, it was much nicer when it was made fresh – thick and voluminous. By the time I came to eat it at about 11.00 (I had a meeting at 10.00) it was much runnier and had shrunk in size 😦 In it was spinach, banana, frozen blueberries, canned pumpkin and some powders – vanilla protein powder, maca, matcha, wheatgrass, spirulina – yum!
- Nakd Bars: I bought some nakd bars at the weekend, and had then occasionally thorough the week. Again they are 100% natural, made (mainly) from fruit and nuts (a some bars have oats, or soya crispies depending on the flavour), with no added sugar. They do, however, have a high sugar content because they are made with dried fruit – in particular dates and sometimes raisins. But they can fit into a healthy diet as long as you don’t eat too many other sugary products.
I did a meditation workshop this week instead of going to the Farmer’s Market. Happily, it rained during the workshop so I didn’t feel too bad that I wasn’t in town, but the meditation focusing on my breath wasn’t anything new to me, in fact, I practise it every week in the relaxation parts of my yoga classes.
Hopefully next week I will be able to make a few more of my snacks. I prefer not to snack on fruit – it tends to be too much of a sugar rush and I find myself hungry again soon after.
Tell me, what are your favourite snacks? Do you prefer sweet or savoury, or perhaps a bit of both?
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