In order to lead a healthier lifestyle you need to start by making small but effective changes to your overall food habits. Knowledge is key and for me, passing on what I have learned to others is so rewarding. It gives me great pleasure to help others out in what ever way I can in relation to eating healthier and making that lifestyle change to a happier, healthier you. I decided to put together some simple ideas for healthier options when it comes to snacking between meals. A lot of the questions that I get asked are in relation to snacking and this is what most people seem to struggle with. So here are a few that are so quick and easy to make to get you started.
First up is one of my favorites. I always have a packet of rice cakes or corn cakes in the press! Try them topped with my choconut spread (you will find the recipe here ), or one of your favorite nut butters, gogi berries or banana with a sprinkling of chopped hazelnuts. But be careful if using nut butters, yes they are a better option but they will add up to a large quantity of calories, a tablespoon is more than enough for 3 rice cakes!
That 3 0′ clock slump can be so hard at times and reaching for that bar of chocolate or cream cake seems like the easier option but help is at hand! Why not try 6-7 dates topped with a tablespoon of almond butter and a sprinkle of nutmeg, this always helps me with that sugar craving. Dates are a natural sugar source and will satisfy any sweet tooth!
An apple a day keeps the doctor away! Cut a medium sized granny smith apple into wedges, sprinkle with cinnamon and heat in the microwave for 40 seconds, simple! Serve with a tablespoon of nut butter, delicious.
One of my all time favorites is my protein oat bread, you can get recipe here. I always have a batch ready, it is so easy to make and it freezes really well too. I love it topped with almond butter, banana and flaxseeds, or try it with my choconut spread (recipe here ) and strawberries.
Finally one of the most important things on my shopping list every week is my tub of Fage Greek Yoghurt. It is high in protein which is really important to help you feel fuller for longer. Try it topped with berries and flaked almonds, I use the white chocolate drops or the the vanilla drops from my protein to sweeten the yoghurt, (you can find them here ) making you think that you are actually having a dessert with a dollop of cream! Or you could add a drizzle of honey or maple syrup. The options are endless, you can add any fruit you like, kiwi, peach, mango etc.
Enjoy and don’t forget to tag me #jensgymlife if you try any out!!