As we find ourselves confined to our homes, many of will find our food intake rocketing – whether it is through comfort eating, boredom or genuine hunger.
Being at home all day you will feel inclined to graze more than usual but the chances are you aren’t being as physically active as usual so need less calories. We’re not saying don’t snack – snacking is a natural urge that is necessary for optimal health – but make healthy choices rather than reaching for the biscuit tin.
When mid-morning and mid-afternoon come around, we all feel a pang of hunger. Your body is telling you it has hit an energy slump and needs refuelling. There is always the temptation to grab a sugary treat but eating sugar has a negative effect on focus and energy levels so you’re much better off sticking to foods such as nuts, seeds, fruits and vegetables.
If you are in one of our food programmes you know that we consider snacking important to achieving consistent energy levels and a healthy body. These snacks needn’t be boring and uninspiring. Our clients love our snack bars and our recipe for coconut, date and cashew bliss balls has been one of our most popular yet!
Fresh fruit is an ideal mid-morning snack, and if consumed with a handful of nuts or seeds, you will feel full for longer. As well as being packed with protein and essential fats, nuts and seeds slow down the rate at which the fruit’s sugars are absorbed by the body, steadying blood-sugar levels. Our favourites include a peach and a palm full of pecans, a banana and walnuts or kiwi fruit and sunflower seeds. Want to dress it up a bit? Sprinkle some almonds with a little smoked paprika.
In the afternoon, opt for something savoury such as one tablespoon of your favourite nut butter spread on toasted rye. In her book, The Balanced Diet, Jennifer suggests making your own simple dips, they take moments to make. Try mashing or blending a tin of butterbeans with a handful of sundried tomatoes or pesto. Or mash an avocado with black pepper and a squeeze of lemon juice. Scoop your dips up with crisp raw slices of vegetable such a carrot or pepper.
Need a little help to stay on track? Order a Balance Box. Containing three meals a day, we make sure to include two delicious snacks every day to keep your cravings at bay and ensure you are eating at regular intervals.