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Super Snacks: What to eat between meals to make you feel fab, not fat.

If you often find yourself reaching into the cookie jar during that post-lunch slump, then you will love these healthy snacking alternatives which fill you up, but keep your blood sugar down, saving you from the sugar high/crash cycle.

 

Nuts – The ideal treat to always have in your desk drawer, nuts are not only packed with protein (keeping you fuller for longer), they also have a wealth of other vitamins and nutrients: Brazil nuts contain selenium, while almonds have lots of skin-boosting vitamin E.

Energy Balls – The ideal post-workout snack, you can buy these sweet and yummy treats pre-made, or whip up your own by placing 1 cup of pitted dates, 1 cup pecans, 1/2 tsp sea salt and 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract into a food processor and blitzing until it forms a dough. Roll into 12 balls and pop them into the fridge till gym o’clock.

Protein shakes – Not just the beverage of choice for weightlifters, protein shakes are fab for anyone who has a busy schedule. They make a quick and easy breakfast replacement, and there are many shakes on the market now which come pre-mixed for on the go.

Popcorn – If you still can’t resist the savoury satisfaction of crisps, the best thing you can do is switch to popcorn. Considerably lower in fat and higher in fibre, this wholegrain snack is head and shoulders above its fried contemporaries.

 Yogurt – The classic yogurt makes for a satisfying and delicious treat, particularly when you add in yummy extras like nuts, seeds and fruit. High in protein, and packed with calcium (essential for women), be sure to choose full fat over the low calorie alternatives… they just don’t pack the same nutritious punch.  

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