I’ve always been someone who tries to eat healthily, as it really helps me to feel good about myself. That being said, I also really enjoy indulging in treats. I couldn’t bear the thought of never having a Domino’s pizza, a bar of chocolate and a Magnum ever again! For me, it’s all about moderation and eating healthily as much as I can, without ever feeling like I’m doing without and not enjoying life.
Some time ago, I realised that some of the foods I’d been presuming were healthy and the best option, actually weren’t a good idea. I used to eat low fat versions of several things, believing that this meant that they were healthier. Of course, I know now that this isn’t usually the case and that eating more whole foods is the way forward.
Discovering that sugar is hidden in so many foods, particularly of the ‘low fat’ variety, I started reading the ingredients on the back of packets. Not liking what I was finding, which was sugar as a main ingredient in so many foods, I began trying to find healthier snacks.
It’s been a struggle, but over time, I’ve found several options that I really enjoy. After seeing several people recently saying they’re struggling to find healthier snacks that aren’t fruit, I thought I would share with you some of my favourites.
Nakd bars are one of the first healthy snacks I found. My favourites would have to be Berry Delight, Cashew Cookie and Bakewell Tart. They have so many other flavours, as well as different types of nibbles, like these Salted Caramel packs, which sound yummy.
Recently, I’ve found that Aldi are selling more and more healthier snacks and they’re often good value compared to the bigger brands. They have their own version of Nakd bars and I really like the cashew ones. When I’m out for the day, I often take one of their Raw Fruit Bars with me, which contain dried fruit and nothing else. My favourite flavours are Apple and Banana, and Apple and Pear, both of which are really tasty.
Similarly to Nakd, Wild Trail make raw fruit and nut bars that are free of refined sugar. I really like their Fruit and Nut Apple bars. They also sell Seed and Nut and Cacao bars too, although I haven’t tried these.
Yushoi pea snacks are a great alternative to crisps. The main ingredient is green peas and the lightly salted ones have zero added sugar. Soy and Balsamic Vinegar is probably my favourite and Dan loves the Sweet Chilli and Lemon variety. As well as coming in small bags, which are handy for carrying around in your handbag, they are also available in bigger sharing bags.
Kallo make a variety of healthier snacks and foods. I used to eat their rice cakes, but Dan bought their Lightly Salted Corn Cakes for us to try and I much preferred them. Made from 99% corn and sea salt, they’re another fab alternative to crisps. They’re pretty moreish and you can put toppings on them too, although I like them plain.
Marks and Spencer
Marks and Spencer have a selection of healthier snacks. I wasn’t entirely sure about their Lightly Salted Giant Corn when I first tried them, but now they’re one of my favourites. The only ingredients are corn, sunflower oil and salt. Another great savoury option.
Now these may be marketed for children, but I really like Bear Yoyos! They’re really handy to carry around in my handbag because they’re so small. Because they’re sweet, I find they satisfy the craving for something sweet I often get after dinner. Made just of fruit and with no added sugar, they’re a healthy alternative to dessert! Raspberry yoyos are my favourite flavour, and I also love the strawberry and blackcurrant ones.
Have you tried any of these healthier snacks? Let me know if you have any other suggestions – I always love finding new things to try.
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