The Fit Girl’s Guide to Snacking Right
Right now, I am surrounded by festive Crosstown doughnuts and a box full of Crumbs & Doilies cupcakes, both of which I'm trying to avoid. Not because I'm trying to be particularly virtuous, but I'm very aware that a) Christmas is less than a week away, and I will absolutely not be counting calories or avoiding sweets then, and b) my addiction to snacking always derails even my best of diet intentions. Which is why I wanted to look into what fit girls eat to satiate themselves between meals. Essentially, what is their snacking M.O.? Keep scrolling for the favourite snacks of eight fit girls.
Personal trainer, author and Instagram superstar Alice Liveing, better known as Clean Eating Alice shared this almond butter and dark chocolate cookie recipe on her Instagram account (@clean_eating_alice)
1 cup of almond butter, 1/4 cup maple syrup, 1/4 cup coconut oil (melted), 1 tsp vanilla extract, 1 egg, 1 tsp cinnamon, a handful of dark chocolate chips, 1 tbsp coconut flour.
Add your almond butter, maple syrup, coconut oil, vanilla extract, egg and cinnamon in a bowl and mix until completely combined. Add your coconut flour and dark chocolate chips and stir through, and then place the mixture into the fridge to sit for around 30 mins. Remove and line a baking tray with parchment paper before spooning your mixture into cookie shapes on the tray (I made six). Place into a preheated oven at 170 degrees and cook for 15 minutes. Remove and leave to cool before devouring.
Sometimes you're thirsty rather than hungry and a warming tea can work as a great snack alternative. Make like Millie Mackintosh and sip on liquorice tea, she drinks it to keep her sugar cravings "at bay." If you're still hungry afterwards, then go ahead and have that snack.
Our favorite M4 is to grab metabolism-boosting, beautifying, nutrient-dense snacks like veggies and dips!! ???? Mmmmm... guacamole, salsa and mango salsa!! (who needs chips anyway?!? ????) You’ll not only power through your afternoon but you’ll even have enough energy to sneak in a workout before din! ????????????
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If you're after a low-calorie snacking option, you can't beat crudités. Just watch which dip you choose as they can be high in fat and salt (which can cause bloating). Try a low-fat, no added sugar, yoghurt-based dip or a spicy tomato salsa.
Amy Hopkinson, the digital editor at Women's Health, snacks on egg muffins, which are high in protein and relatively low in fat (well, the bad fats anyway). These are from food delivery company Fresh Fitness Food but you can make your own egg muffins.
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Not all brownies are born equal. These healthy blondie brownies by nutritional health coach Madeleine Shaw are free from refined sugar but are full on tasty.
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For a super quick, simple and nutritious snack try L.A.-based nutritionist Kelly LeVeque's yoghurt bowl.
Mix one serving of vanilla protein, 1 tbsp almond butter, 1 tbsp chia seeds and some berries into Coyo yogurt. Toppings: coconut.
The Girl Guides were totally onto something with their motto "be prepared" because that is the key to snacking (and life) success. Batch blitz these energy balls and prep them on a Sunday for the week ahead. Follow personal trainer Kim Hartwell's recipe for her PB and Choc Raw Energy Bites here.
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This week Lucy Watson shared her guide to going vegan with Byrdie. Thankfully being vegan isn't all leaves and legumes, you can eat things like vegan Oreos too. These take a little prep but they'll be worth it in the end. Check out Carly Neave's (aka @leanllivinggirl) vegan Oreo recipe here.