One of my goals for 2016 is to get fitter, and, inevitably, because I am trying new things to up my fitness, it makes me review my diet and whether I can be doing things better.
I don’t think I have a particularly bad diet at the moment. I don’t eat huge meals because I just can’t eat big portions, I don’t eat a lot of bread or fatty foods and having a takeaway is a rarity now.
The one thing I have a weakness for though is snacking. And they’re not healthy snacks either. I love a good bag of crisps or bar of chocolate, and over the last few weeks I’ve been thinking that I should probably start replacing these with healthier substitutes.
So, I’ve done a bit of looking around at alternatives, and I came across two snacks that I thought I’d try. Below are my reviews of both.
Nakd Bars (Cocoa Orange and Banana Bread)
These are snack bars made from raw fruit and nuts and 100% natural ingredients. A great alternative to a cereal bar or chocolate bar, these bars are sweet and satisfying, especially as you know that they’re doing good things for your body. They kept me going for the same amount of time as other less-healthy snacks, if not longer, and I really liked them. I have ordered the Cocoa and Apple Pie bars for this week, and there are plenty of other flavours to try. They are more expensive than some of my normal snacks (£2.75 for 4 bars), but I don’t mind paying more if I know they’re going to be better for me. These are a winner!
Whitworths Fusions (Bountiful Coconutty)
I’ve always been a fan of dried fruit and nuts for snacks, but often when you buy these in packets you get one or two different things in the packet and it gets a bit samey after a while. Step up Whitworth’s Fusions. These come in 4 different variety packs, and I initially bought the Bountiful Coconutty ones which contained almonds, brazil nuts, flame raisins and dark-chocolate covered coconut pieces. I had some of these after work to tide me over til dinner and a handful was all I needed to keep me going, and they were really nice! I have bought the Berryfruit Madness and the Cinnamon Apple Jumble to have a try of next, and I’m looking forward to seeing what these are like. These are £1.50 for a 90g bag which is not too bad if you only need a handful at a time – I’ve still got some left from this week! A definite game-changer for snacking!
Let me know if there are any other healthy snacks that I should try – I’d love to try more out.