If you’re anything like us, starting the day out healthy is no issue. A nutritious breakfast? Tick. Eating a pre-packed, boring-but-good-for-you lunch? Tick. But by the time the clock rolls around to 3pm, the craving for something sweet starts to take hold and the thought of the delicious chocolate cookies from the café next door becomes too difficult to resist. While we won’t try to talk you out of a celebratory Friday treat, there are a few simple steps you can take to curb that craving every other day and keep yourself on track.
From planning ahead to planning how (yes, how) you eat your snacks, we’ve rounded up the ultimate guide to snacking smarter.
1. Don’t wait too long between eating
If you wait until you’re starving to find a snack, you’re more likely to just pick up the first thing you see – cue a vending machine visit for something you don’t even really feel like just to fill you up.
2. Go nuts
As part of the FatBlaster Clinical shake program, which Australian Olympic swimmer Leisel Jones swears by, there is a full list of approved snacks, such as eating a handful of raw, unsalted nuts and seeds whenever you’re feeling peckish. Pumpkin seeds, walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts, sunflower seeds, peanuts and chestnuts are all A-OK.
3. Keep hydrated
Dehydration can often be confused for hunger, so stay on top of your H20 intake throughout the day. FYI, herbal tea counts too, so pour yourself another cuppa.
4. Be mindful
Snack slowly and keep focused while you’re eating – this will stop you getting distracted and overeating simply because you’re not paying attention. How many times have you gone to the movies and looked down to see an empty popcorn box 10 minutes in?!
5. Try a smoothie
Smoothies are an easy way to get extra nutrients such as spinach, kale, avocado and fruit into your diet, and they taste delicious. Just make sure you’re not that person at the office blasting the blender every five minutes.
6. Plan ahead
Keeping easy and healthy snacks nearby is the easiest way to ensure you won’t be tempted by a 3pm chocolate hit just to get an energy boost. Another hot tip? Put said snacks within eyesight, as research has found you’re more likely to pick a healthy snack if it’s convenient and within reach. Protein and high-protein snacks are your best bets for long-lasting energy and satiety (adios, hangry-ness). The Fatblaster Clinical shake has a premium high-protein formula packed with prebiotic fibre and probiotics (plus loads of vitamins and minerals), which will keep you fuller for longer. Keep a shake in your office drawer or handbag so you can slurp on the go. You can also try this FatBlaster Clinical program-approved snack recipe, but beware, you’ll get hooked.
Raspberry Bliss Bombs
Makes six serves of one ‘bomb’ each.
Energy: 98kcal (410kJ) Protein: 3g Carbohydrate: 3g Fat: 8g
Prep Time: 5 mins.
Cook Time: nil.
½ cup raw almonds
½ cup frozen raspberries
¼ cup desiccated coconut
2 pitted dates
- In a food processor, grind your almonds down to a fine meal.
- Add the remaining ingredients and continue to process until well combined.
- Line a tray with baking paper, and using clean hands roll the mix into six bliss bombs. Having damp hands can make it easier to shape the balls without the mix sticking to your hands.
- Cover, and leave in the fridge for at least two hours, ideally overnight, to set.
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