I find it hard because I feel light-headed and weak if I'm hungry, making it hard to run. But then if I eat something, I feel sick quite quickly into my run. From experience, I have found that eating something like a yoghurt and a piece of fruit about two hours before my run works well for me, then my proper meal after my shower once I'm ravenous!
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I love innocent smoothies - the coconut and banana one is my ultimate fave!
That's my fave too, love that one!
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Innocent smoothies (and any of the Innocent products, come to think of it) are a miracle! I love knowing I am eating purely and healthily, it's very satisfying!
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They're a little on the expensive side though, wouldn't you agree? I think I would rather make my own smoothies and soups etc.
I really like the Nature Valley oats and honey bars. They look a bit gross but taste gorge!
The maple syrup ones are really good - and I think one bar is around 100 calories not too bad...
here's a list of my favorite healthy snacks, they're all under 100 calories...
- Frozen grapes (any color): 1 cup (about 28 grapes), stuck in the freezer for 2+ hours. My favorite.
- Celery stick dipped in 30 g of Tzatziki yogurt & cucumber dip. Crunchy and creamy at the same time.
- Grilled pineapple – 1 cup of pineapple rounds, grilled for two minutes or until golden. So good.
- Popcorn – 100 calorie bags of air-heated popcorn.
- Orange-Berry Salad – 1 cup of mixed berry salad (blackberries, raspberries, blueberries, preferably organic) with one tablespoon fresh-squeezed orange juice. I should call it my anti-aging snack.
- Gerber Graduate Puffs – My favorite flavor is sweet potatoes. Yummy and low calories.
- Banana chips – One sliced banana dipped in lemon juice and baked.
- Yogurt and berries – This one is 139 calories but it fills you up. 1/4 cup of frozen berries, 100g of low fat yogurt and 1/8 cup Rogers’ 5 grain granola with raisins. Yummm.
- Dipped egg: One over easy egg with half a slice of whole-wheat toast, to dip in yolk.
- Edamame – : ¼ cup boiled Edamame with 1 teaspoon soy sauce.
- Artichoke – 3-4 slices of canned hearts of palm and artichoke hearts.
- Tropical smoothie – ¼ cup pineapple juice, apple juice and orange juice, blended with ice.
- Sweet potatoes and Curry – One medium size potato, boiled in water until soft, mashed with 1 teaspoon of curry, a little salt and pepper. Very good.
- Pumpkin seeds – These are amazingly healthy. Two tablespoons of pumpkin seeds, sprayed with a spritz of olive oil and baked at 400 degrees until brown. You can add a little salt and it’s heaven.
- Natural Almonds – 14 whole natural almonds
- Toasted pita crisps – One whole wheat mini pita, spritz lightly with cooking spray or brush lightly with oil. Preheat oven to 425F. Bake until crispy, 8 to 10 minutes. Delicious.
- Mediterranean salad – Chopped fresh tomato, chopped seeded cucumber,
chopped green onion, no-fat vinaigrette salad dressing (raspberry or balsamic are good), chill. Almost no calories and delicious.
- Stuffed figs – 2 small dried figs with 1 tablespoon low fat ricotta stuffed inside. Add some cinnamon on top.
- Cheese and Apples -One non-fat mozzarella cheese stick with sliced half of a medium sized apple.
- Cottage and Fruits – Half a cup of non-fat cottage cheese with ½ cup fresh mango and pineapple sliced or chopped.
Hope this helps:)
Healthy snacking has a lot of benefits. Choosing fruit, yogurt, granola bars, vegetables, and whole wheat grains are better choices than pre-made snacks by cookie and chip companies.
Thanks to everyone who contributed to th is thread. Some great ideas. I am getting very concious of eating well and putting in more good calories ready for the big day.
I tend to opt for sweet things as a snack - not necessarily unhealthy sweet things, but things like fruit, oat bars, smoothies and yoghurt. I need to start snacking on vegetables, hummus, light soups etc. as I think they will balance out my blood sugar levels a bit more and keep me fuller for longer.
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I used to advocate the 'little and often' healthy snack thing, but my blood sugar levels have been at their most stable since I tried the fasting diet, my appetite has self-regulated and my sweet tooth is disappearing. I don't think the little-and-often method of eating was balancing my blood sugar as well as I first thought.
I find myself questioning if we SHOULD be trying to regulate our blood sugar levels. It's very strange, but also interesting to note how much better I've felt over the last few weeks. Eating when you're properly hungry is much more satisfying.
I really like snacking, but struggle to find healthy snacks. Does anyone have any ideas?
Do you prefer salty or more sweet snacks?
I have some proposals for both, as I like snacking too, depending on a day. Sometimes salty, sometimes sweet.
Salty: Olives, cherry or grape tomatoes, carrots, proscuitto, rice cake,
Sweet: All fruits, yoghurt, caffe macchiato, vanila eiscream, dried fruits like bananas, apple.
Cracker sandwiches are very good healthy snacks for kids to take at night. If they are to be of great benefit to the kids, the parents must prepare them from whole grain crackers. The addition of cheese or peanut butter will do wonders for this type of snack. If you want to add cheese, try to use Turkey and chicken rounds, but if you desire to use peanut butter, they should be accompanied with apple slices.
M&S have brought out some yummy lentil crisps - they're pretty low in calories too.
I really like these but I find once I eat one packet - I want more and it awakes my hunger, where as if I have a couple of oatcakes for the same amount of calories I am satisfied. I have been concentrating on avoiding any diet snacks and bars because of this, they make me crave more.
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