I’m talking about snacks for fitness in today’s Irish Daily Mirror for week three of the ‘Get Ireland Fit’ campaign.
When embarking on a healthier eating regime it’s important not to go hungry or let yourself feel deprived, especially when you need to keep your energy up for a new training programme. The key here is preparation; planning healthy meals and snacks in advance to fit in with your schedule. It is best not to eat for two hours before running, which can be difficult if you want to train after a long day of work. I recommend having some healthy snacks to hand for between lunch and training. A perfect snack to keep your energy up is a small handful of raw unsalted nuts, like almonds or walnuts, just over two hours before training. These are really easy to take with you and can be eaten almost anywhere! As well as being great for energy on the go nuts are a good source of protein, omega 3 fatty acids and fibre. See my ‘Healthy Hot Nuts’ recipe for a really tasty snack!
For anyone who doesn’t like nuts or has an allergy or intolerance seeds, like pumpkin or sunflower, also make great healthy snacks.