Healthy Snacks: a guide that doesn’t suck

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How hard is it to find decent tasting healthy snacks? Maybe not that hard.

In my last post, I talked about how to outsmart your cravings. After writing that post, it got me thinking about how people shouldn’t have to turn to processed and added-sugar-riddled products to satisfy a craving.

When it comes to satisfying sweet cravings, it all comes down to hitting that perfect combination of fat and carbs. That’s why things like pizza, chocolate, biscuits and cake all work such a treat. However there are some surprisingly delicious healthy alternative options out there.

During my transformation from munchies-driven-stoner, to clean-living-personal-trainer (never tell yourself that you can’t do anything!), I’ve discovered a few cheeky little snacks which taste like they should be considered naughty foods because they’re so damn good.

So today I’m going to share my top 3 picks with you, so that you can experience some of the healthier delights that this world has to offer as well.

  1. Nakd Products

    So you’ve got Nakd Bars, Nakd Protein Crunch Bars, Nakd Oatie Bars, Nakd Nibbles, Nakd Posh Bites & Nakd Infused Raisins***. All of the Nakd products are raw, vegan & added sugar free. Most of the products have under 5 ingredients, mainly consisting of dates & cashews; delivering that same perfect hit that pizza gives you, except with the added nutrients that natural, whole foods provide, (and without the added waistline and sugar overload.).

    ***You can buy most of the linked products as individual items for much cheaper in most supermarkets such as Tesco, Sainsbury’s etc. The links are just there so you can see the products, their nutrient content and ingredients.

  2. Fruit & fat combos

    You know that weird, yet delightful sensation that you get from pineapple on pizza? Well why not replicate it with the good old fashioned, party-food tradition of simply pairing a small cube of cheese with a small cube of pineapple… flip yeah. If that’s not your thing then mix pieces of pineapple and coconut, for a Piña Colada inspired snack. Other amazing combinations are dried cranberries & pecans and dates & cashews. Lastly, but in my opinion the best of all the suggestions here: apple dipped in almond butter. It tastes like it should be illegal.

  3. Rice cakes & nut butter

    This one is very simple – take a plain rice cake (flavoured ones tend to have added sugar and other nasties, plus you’re going to be topping it with flavour anyway). Then simply spread on a dollop of nut butter. Easy.

You may have noticed that most of these healthy snacks include a little bit of protein. I wouldn’t say there’s enough there to be sufficient for a ‘protein hit’ but you can always pair these foods with a protein shake to make an actual between-meal snack, as opposed to just a craving-satisfying snack.

If you’re in a rush, on the move or are not very adventurous when it comes to your food, a protein shake on its own normally hits the spot pretty well (even though this certainly doesn’t fit the carbs & fat combo criteria). These days you can get some pretty nice tasting ones too. So far my favourites have been from Icon Nutrition & MyProtein.

If I’ve managed to pick 3 healthy snacks that have zero appeal to you, then feel free to drop me a message or leave a comment, letting me know some of the types of things that you like/dislike and I can help you think of some awesome alternatives to processed snacks.

Thanks for reading guys! What are your favourite healthy snack alternatives? Leave a comment below and share them!

 

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