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SNACKS: CHOOSING THE RIGHT ONE FOR YOU

by Equipe Enervit

The last few months of confinement under the #stayathome regulations has put a strain on our waists as well as our minds. Countless daily visits to the fridge in search of a snack to satisfy a continual hunger bourne out of boredom means only one thing, an expanding waistline! And that's not good for anyone, especially not the athletes..

 

SNACKING: THE FIRST STEP TOWARDS RECOVERY

To tackle the issue, we need to learn how to use food as an ally. It's possible to eat consciously and mindfully without sacrificing taste and enjoyment. In many ways, it's akin to the marathon runners, who after two months of inactivity, wouldn't dream of resuming with a long run. The same goes for diet. Snacking should be done mindfully, slowly, and with intention.

 

THE IMPORTANCE OF A PROTEIN SNACK

Over recent months many have opted for the hamburger over the chicken breast; the ice cream over the glass of milk; or the cod sticks over the slice of salmon. The result is that our protein intake is suboptimal. Without this fundamental macronutrient, we cannot thrive, and our muscles know this only too well.

When it comes to protein intake, the most important thing is to choose the best sources. It's best to focus on sources which contain the full-spectrum of all twenty amino acids, the building blocks of proteins.

Meat, fish, eggs, milk, and soybeans are some of the best sources of protein. A twenty-gram serving is perfect for a snack, a quick meal, or as a recovery drink after physical exercise.

USING SUPERFOODS TO MAKE THE SUPER SNACK

The other two pillars of snacks are fruits and vegetables. They provide carbohydrates and are a source of healthy fats. It's important to always select organically-certified snacks to avoid pesticides and additives. Steer clear of GMO foods and embrace the snacks that contain superfoods—those nutrient-packed foods that are so beneficial to our bodies such as cocoa, ginger, turmeric, and cape gooseberries to name a few.

When it comes to fats, it's best to avoid butter and vegetable oils. The best fat sources come from nuts like cashews, almonds, and chia seeds, which are all valuable sources of those hugely beneficial omega 3 fatty acids. An additional advantage of such fat sources is that they are also vegan-friendly. 

When consumed in small quantities, snacks provide us with the proteins that we often lack. And when consumed via natural and simple, unrefined sources, snacks become synonymous with simplicity - something that's far removed from a fridge filled with sugary treats!