COVID-19 Nutrition Guide – Snacking Part 4

The hardest thing about working from home, or dieting in general is controlling cravings for snacks. Snacking in itself is not bad but it is important to recognise the difference between your body craving additional energy for fuel and craving sugar or other highly palatable foods.

I like to preach the idea that you can snack on almost anything you want so long you make it yourself. I say this because you can control what is going in there. The problem with many convenient store bought snacks is the additional ingredients whether that be a high amount of calories, sugar, fat or ingredients that you cannot pronounce the name of. Here are the go to snacks I recommend keeping handy:

Homemade energy balls

COVID-19 Nutrition Guide - Snacking - Homemade energy balls

My go to recipe is 40g dates + 1 scoop whey protein + 1tsp maple syrup + 3tbsp of smooth peanut butter + 30g dark chocolate. For the coating to roll the balls in try 2tbsp of coconut flour + 2tbsp of cacao + 1 satchel of OG Before You Speak Coffee with a sprinkle of salt.

Greek Yoghurt

COVID-19 Nutrition Guide - Snacking - Greek Yougurt Protein Frozen Berries

This is naturally high in protein and has natural sugars. I like my guys to add a scoop of Protein Powder and mix it until it becomes a pudding consistency. For an extra sweet kick add 1/2 cup of frozen berries.

Frozen Mango

COVID-19 Nutrition Guide - Snacking - Frozen Mango

This one is a lifesaver if you are a late night snacker. Keep a bag of frozen mango in the freezer and when the cravings kick in scoop 1 cups worth. Leave them for 3-5 minutes and it will become a similar consistency to gelato.

Dark chocolate and nut butter

COVID-19 Nutrition Guide - Snacking - Dark Chocolate and Nut Butter

Great for the chocaholics this is a great way to curb the late night cravings. Add 1/2 tablespoon of your favourite nut butter to add some texture.

Follow along with this series as I detail the last strategy in helping you to sustain a good nutritional plan during this time of isolation.




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