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Snack time!

Hi there!

Sorry I’ve been absent, the weather is gorgeous and I’ve been spending a lot of time outside getting my daily dose of Vitamin D!

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Can’t help but be outside.

However, yesterday I discovered a new delicious, quick and healthy snack! It’s pretty basic but tastes like apple pie!

Ingredients;

  • 1 apple, chopped (go for any type you want)
  • 1/4 cup of oats
  • 1/4 cup cornflakes/bran flakes/crunchy cereal
    Watch what you choose, remember some are high in sugar and calories
  • Honey
  • Cinnamon

Method;

  1. Add the oats, apple and cornflakes/bran flakes/crunchy cereal to a bowl.
  2. Add as much honey and cinnamon as you like.
  3. Enjoy!
  4. Optional; if you’re looking for a punchier snack, add some greek yoghurt to it (proteeeeeein).
Om nom nom

Om nom nom

I know it doesn’t look like much but I swear it’s delicious!

Happy snacking!

Gym Bug

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Healthy snacks for on the go!

Hi there!

I’m one of those people who needs snacks handy for work, university, being out and about because I hate buying things out (I’m always tempted by unhealthy choices) and I always find them to be sort of dissappointing. So I thought I’d list some of my favourite on the go that you can prepare at home and grab and go! This particular post is for those snack that require no cooking! Once I start exprimenting when I’m home (and have access to an oven) I’ll do some snacks that you can cook.

  • Hummus and vegetable sticks (celery, carrots, cucumber, courgette etc).
  • DIY Trail mix (mix bran flakes, raisins, nuts. other dried fruit for a great, protein packed snack).
  • Ham slices wrapped around cucumber or carrots sticks (can bring some hummus long too).
  • One yoghurt pot mixed with 2 tablespoon of oats (best allow the oats to soak in the yoghurt for an hour or more).
  • One yoghurt pot with grapes, banana, apples etc.
  • Handful of pretzels (watch the salt content of the pretzels you buy).
  • Soreen.

These are a few of my personal favourite snacks. I really love makng a big tuperware full of trail mix and putting some in a little tub! Also, Soreen is something I wish I could eat all day!

Gym Bug

Fat- What’s going on

Hi there!

As I’ve mentioned before, I hit a low point in my life where I lost too much weight. I was boney, drawn and pale. A key issue (as pointed out by my sister) was my lack of fats in my diet. Unfortunately, I had fallen victim to the villainisation of fats in the media. All the hype about having a low fat diet to be healthy had more of an effect than I’d realised and I had not only reduced by intake of saturated fat, but of the healthy fats my body needs to function properly. So, let’s take a look at fats.

Saturated Fat
This is considered as something we should try cut down on. Recently, there’s been stories flying around the media about saturated fat is actually not as bad as previously thought. Saturated fat has forever been associated with weight gain and is found in processed foods, meats, butter, cheese, cream and confectionary. We’re always told not to eat too much. For example, the British Dietic Association recommends no more than 30g per day for males and no more than 20g per day for females. Whilst there are numerous opinions regarding saturated fats and the negative health implications high consumption has, there is no sound, scientific evidence supporting them.
I view saturated fats as something to consume in moderation. I can enjoy a cheeseburger once in a while, or a chocolate bar but not four. I think more research needs to be done into saturated fats, especially whether there is a causal relationship between high consumption and disease.
Please do not take this as an excuse to chow down on fatty meats and not be concerned about putting on weight. Fats are high in calories, and excessive consumption may lead to unhealthy weight gain! Also fatty deposits in your arteries.

Trans Fat
Another fat not to indulge excessively in. This type of fat is found naturally (in low levels) in meat and dairy products and found in foods containing hydrogenated vegetable oil. There are associations between trans fats and raised cholesterol, so it is recommended nt to consume more than 2g per day (for an adult). Good news is a lot of food manufacturers have removed hydrogetaed vegetable oils from products, so we don’t actually consume a lot of it!

Unsaturated Fat
We like this one, we need this one. These are the healthy fats found in olive oil, avocados, nuts and seeds. They’re categorised as mono-unsaturated and poly-unsaturated. These provides our bodies with nutrient for basic function. Eating these fats can also help lower bad LDL cholesterol and raise good HDL cholesterol. It also helps you from looking like a gaunt ghostly character (as I discovered).

Fat, like carbohydrates and proteins, should be an integral part of our diet. The key is balance. You need to try maximise your intake of unsaturated fats and limit your intake of saturated/trans fats. It’s better for your health to consume 200 calories of nuts than it is of chocolate, so try and make healthy  choices that help try maintain this balance. Ofcourse, don’t cut the “bad” fats out completely, have a cookie or a chocolate bar or a burger but try maintain a balance. It’s all about moderation.

Also, remember fats are high in calories, so watch portion sizes even with the unsaturated fats. Too many calories means weight gain and that can be unhealthy in some circumstances, especially if it is excessive weight gain.

Here are some healthy snacks with healthy fats that I enjoy;

  • Avocado on wholegrain toast
  • A handful of mixed nuts and seeds
  • Olives
  • Olive oil based dressings
    A firm family favourite is simple 2 parts olive oil, 1 part balsamic vinegar, clove of garlic (not peeled or chopped but lightly squashed) and pepper

Just keep it in balance and try get a wide, varied diet to ensure you get all your nutrients for a healthy lifestyle! Simples. (I wish)

Gym Bug

Graze; Jump on this bandwagon

Hi there!

So I’d to share a great snacking company that has managed to create an ingenious way of ensuring your snacks are not only healthy but delicious. Say hello to Graze!

I got my first box from them as part of  deal, when you sign up you get your FIRST BOX FREE! You get to try a box, no obligation, and if you wish to cancel then you can anytime. It gets better because new customers get their fifth box free too! They have a whole range of snacks and as you try more of their snacks you can customise your account so they only send you what you want!
You can go to their website for a full list of what they provide in their snacks boxes, but here’s an idea;

  • Flapjacks (brownie, vanilla & cocoa protein, 3 seed, lemon curd…)
  • Little puds (coconut crumble cake, stocky toffee pudding…)
  • Brownies
  • Pop corn (I got a delicious salty pack in one of my boxes, perfect amount of salt)
  • Olives (marinated varieties)
  • Savoury snacks (mixes of nuts, corns, breadsticks etc with excellent flavourings e.g Graze’s Smokey Hot Dog)
    I can recommend their Cracking Black Peppercorn rice crackers
  • Touch of chocolate
  • Nuts
  • Fruits
  • Seeds
  • British jerky

I could go on for ever with these. You can also choose the frequency with which the order comes every two weeks, once a week or twice a week. These are £3.99 a box but the snacks are healthy, very easy to carry with you and delicious! The snacks are constantly being reinvented which means there’s always something new to try!

Graze also offer breakfast boxes with 4 breakfasts per box. I’ve tried these a couple of times and they’re porridges are delicious. Here’s a look at their range;

  • Scandanavian forest fruits granola
  • Orange & macademia granola
  • Banoffee porridge
  • Apple & cinnamon porridge
  • Cherry & almond porridge (a personal favourite)

Plus many more! These are only £3.99 a box, and for 4 cereals per box (which are delicious) it’s definetly worth it.

Graze (keeping with the focus of variety) also offer the following boxes;

  • Nibble Box (my usual box)
  • Goody Box (for kids)
  • Light Box (lowest calorie snacks)
  • Boost Box (most nutritionally dense snacks)
  • Sustain Box (packed with protein and fibre)
  • Chocolate Box
  • Savoury Box
  • Big Box (must join a waiting list, 5 of your favourite snacks in large re-sealable bags)

The food Graze provides are not only healthy but represents international cuisine and is completely customisable. If you have dietary requirements or allergies unfortunately it can be difficult to purchase ‘safe to eat’ snacks as they package everything in the same area, however, they will accomodate things such as gluten free and coeliacs, check out their websites for more informatin regarding allergies and ditetary requirements. The boxes also fit through letter boxes and are recyclable!

I love Graze not only because of the excellent food but also because of who they are as a company. They’re promoting healthy snacking whilst encouraging treats here and there. It’s a great way to keep your focus on the primary goal; keeping fit and healthy. A “none of that” diet will most likely lead to failure because by telling yourself “no” you’re creating a stronger desire. Everything in moderation, which is something Graze delivers straight to your door!

If you’re not part of Graze and want to try it, excellent! You’ll get your first box free. Also, use the following code R4NMR74NP,  this means you get not only your first and fifth box free but your tenth too! I then receive £1 which I will donate to Graze’s school of farming, which is an excellent initiative set up by Graze that teaches locals in Kabbubu, Uganda how to farm so they are able to “grow themselves out of poverty”. I promise every £1 I earn will go straight to this school (it’s even in writing). Follow the link above to learn more about their school.

So, a rather long post but I hope you’ll find it worthwhile!

I would like to make it clear that Graze have no sponsored this post. I believe this is an excellent company for a variety of reasons and wanted to share it with you all.

Gym Bug

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