2022 offers a fresh beginning for everyone, a new year, a new you. What better way to start improving yourself than to invest into a healthier diet? Eating a healthy, balanced diet is an important part of maintaining good health, and can help you feel your best.
Many people think snacks are unhealthy additions to their eating pattern and that snacking leads to weight gain. Research shows that this can be the case, other studies indicate that people who snack can have trimmer waistlines and many snacks can make useful contributions to your overall diet.
The key to whether snacking is good or bad for you is which snacks you choose, and how much of them you eat. If you choose carefully and plan ahead, snacks can be a healthy part of your diet.
Snacks provide energy for your activities through the day and they can provide valuable nutrients such as vitamins, minerals, protein and fibre. They may also stop you overeating at the next meal by preventing you from becoming too hungry.
What Snacks Should You Be Looking For?
The NHS has recommended that the average person has no more that 2 snack servings per day, and advises the best food groups for a healthy snack are;
- Fruit and Vegetables
- Carbohydrates - bread, rice, potatoes, pasta and other cereals
- Protein - meat, fish, eggs and beans
- Milk and dairy foods
What Snacks Are Convenient For Me?
When picking a snack, you may need to think about where you will be. Home? Work? This is important as some of your usual choices might not be possible to take with you. When at home its easier to make something up from scratch. When your on the go it might be best to take a more convenient choice with you. This could be something that comes pre packed and doesn't require refrigeration throughout the day.
Some ideal snack choices for home and on-the-go are;
What Snacks Do We Recommend?
We are proud to have a core range of healthy snacks available to purchase all year round.
Graze offers an impressive range of plant based snacks including Nuts, Seeds, Fruit, Vegetables & Wholegrains. Every snack offers benefit of plant proteins, fibres or one of your essential vitamins an minerals. Graze promises that all snacks contain at least 30% less sugar or salt compared to traditional snacks!
Alpen combine natural, wholesome oats and wheat with delicious fruits and nuts to bring you tasty breakfast & snack bar that will give you a positive start to the day, or top you up when you need a boost.
Skinny Bars know that being skinny” isn’t the end goal in life – but being happy definitely is! This is why their low-calorie range has been specially designed for on-the-go snackers, who don’t have time to feel bad about nibbling on something scrummy.