Back when I was restricting as part of my eating disorder snacks were an absolute no-no. Eating in general was an absolute no-no. Nowadays, I live for snacks!
Snacking is essential to make sure that we are fuelled to be our best selves and are a great way of upping our nutrients to give our bodies some loving! A few hours after eating our blood sugar levels will start to drop, but by having a healthy snack we get the boost of energy we need to keep going until our next meal.
Adding in snacks was a super important stage for me when recovering from my eating disorder, and nowadays I enjoy my snacks as much as, if not more than, my main meals! Snacking has reduced my cravings (goodbye sugar monster!), made me feel so much more alert and energetic, and has helped me boost my nutrient intake!
It’s important to choose snacks which are going to be kind to our bodies. Nuts.com have some great resources on their site about how to choose the snacks that will make you feel your best and give your body a boost of love! On Nuts.com’s Healthy Snacking page there’s a video from The Healthy Grocery Girl, a registered dietician, talking you through what to consider when choosing snacks – I love the message that it’s nutrients, not calories, that are important when it comes to snacking!
My favourite healthy snacks are:
- Blackstrap molasses with peanut butter and hemp hearts. Blackstrap molasses is a nutrient powerhouse, and is particularly great if you’re looking for a boost of iron. The peanut butter mutes the flavour of the molasses (the first time you have it can be a bit overpowering!) and the hemp hearts add some texture, as well as increasing the nutrient value.
- Energy bars. There’s a great recipe in the video on Nuts.com’s Healthy Snacking page, and all the ingredients can be found on their site (for all the Brits like me, all the ingredients are widely available in supermarkets and health food stores on this side of the pond too!)
- Fruit and nuts. My favourite fruits are crisp apples or berries, then sprinkled with cinnamon and almonds, macadamias or pistachios (though you can choose whichever nuts you prefer). The fats and protein in the nuts prevent the sugar in the fruit from spiking your blood sugar, meaning you’ll stay fuller for longer.
- Trail mix. Seeds, nuts, dried fruit and cereals – YES PLEASE (dark chocolate chips optional…or mandatory if you’re me!)
- Popcorn. All of the popcorn, all of the time.
- Rice cakes topped with peanut butter and jam/jelly. Peanut butter and jam/jelly is just the best flavour combo. THE BEST! If rice cakes aren’t available then I’ll put it on anything I can find…toast, celery, apple, a spoon, my finger…
- Chocolate. Sometimes nothing else compares. Try and go for a dark variety which has a good serving of antioxidants, but will also spike your blood sugar less (as they contain less sugar to start with). However, especially if it’s that time of the month, sometimes we just need a good old bar of Dairy Milk, and there’s nothing wrong with that!
Check out the Nuts.com website for a whole heap of extra inspiration and amazing great tips and for snacking well!