Go Vita Ballarat staff member and Naturopath Michelle, is into week 6 of her Spring Health Reboot. In week 3, Michelle explained how snacking in between meals is of the biggest challenges she faces when trying to feel a bit healthier. This week Michelle gives us some info on snacks that she likes to have close by.
“I have a few go-to snacks that I try and rotate so that I am getting an even spread of nutrients- but in all honesty, I do tend to reach for the ‘treat’ snacks more often than the ones providing me with the best nutrition. This is an area of my eating that I continue to work on!
Treat Dream Carmel Bears – I will often reach for a cute little treat dream bear when I feel like an indulgent treat. Whilst they don’t provide a lot of nutrients – I love they that satisfy cravings and are ethically made.
Loco Love chocolates – another indulgent, ethically produced treat. The Loco Love range is also infused with blends of superfoods, tonic herbs and healing spices so it virtually makes the chocolate medicinal!
Vitawerx Bars – These are a great lower sugar treat (they have an average 2.6g of sugar per bar) that is still sweet and satisfying. I love white chocolate, so it’s great to be able to enjoy a guilt free white chocolate fix. Being a vegetarian, I am also pleased that these bars provide almost 9g of protein.
Quest Tortilla Chips – low carb savoury snack, the downfall being that the ingredients probably aren’t considered as ‘clean’ as others
Vegan Rob’s Cauliflower or Cheese puffs – light puffs with a delicious flavour and minimal ingredients
Banana Joe Banana Chips- a recent addition to the store and oh so yummy! Light and crunchy texture with no nasties.
Snacks that I find are a good source of nutrients, and that I also consume quite regularly, include:
Gorgeous George Hommus and carrot/celery sticks: I love the flavour combination of hommus and vegie sticks.
Boiled eggs: Sprinkled with S & P: such an easy snack but one I always really enjoy
Tamari Almonds: I can’t go past these when I am craving a bit of a salt- another benefit is that they are in our bulk produce section so quite economical. I find with Tamari Almonds you get both the nutrition of nuts with a great burst of savoury flavour!
Piece of fruit (mango, passionfruit or apple being my personal favourites): I tend to consume fruit a lot less during the cooler months, but eat it on the daily when it is warmer. I get a bit obsessed with mango in the Summer and love to eat it fresh, combined with Coconut Yoghurt and Caramelised Buckinis or blended into a smoothie.
White Wolf Vegan protein- Although I am not vegan, I opt to go for the Vegan version of White Wolf as I find it more satisfying (being a thicker consistency), and I prefer the flavours over their Whey product. White Wolf protein has the added nutrition of flaxseeds, chia, buckwheat, psyllium, poppy & sunflower seeds which contributes to greater satiety. I combine it with both water and some Coconut milk which makes it delicious and creamy.
Koja protein bars: These are Aussie made and use beautiful, pure ingredients- this is one of my favourite snacks when I have a sweet craving. I always feel good after eating one too
Botanical Cuisine Beetroot Dip with Mary’s Gone Crackers Black Pepper biscuits: all I can say here is….if you decide to try this combo out there will be no regrets!
As I have mentioned previously, I have always been an advocate for making sure that you include foods that you get pleasure from eating in your daily diet- even if they may not be the best option nutritionally. Depriving yourself will lead to the inevitable binging, which is a much more detrimental outcome than if you were just to enjoy a treat in the first place.”