DURING the Covid lockdowns, many people started having ‘healthy snacks’ – and it’s a habit many have continued ever since.
But an extra 240 kcal per day over the course of a year could result in weight gain of around one stone.
So if you’re going to snack, you need to make sure you know exactly what you’re snacking on.
Jane Atkinson puts three healthy snacks to the test.
A FAMILY-FRIENDLY start-up Spare Snacks has developed a low-calorie treat that counts as one of your five a day.
Scrapples are apple crisps for children, while Spare is the adult equivalent. They are made from wonky fruit that has surface imperfections and contains no added sugar, salt, fat or oil.
They come in different flavors but I love the apple and mango which are only 43kcal and 60p per 12g bag.
They are air dried and not fried so there is no greasy aftertaste with them.
They are also crispy, unlike other fruit crisps.
If you want a healthy snack, this is the closest thing to a piece of fruit. See scrapples.co.uk.
GRENADE, a household name in the world of protein snacks, has released a range of protein pancakes designed as a healthy breakfast snack.
I never thought a sickly sweet bar for breakfast was a good idea, but if you’re a sweet-toothed gym junkie who takes something on the go, then this might be the perfect breakfast for you.
I tried the Caramel Overload – a VERY sweet bar of oats, cashews, peanut butter and milk chocolate topped with chocolate drops. It’s soft and chewy without an overpowering protein taste despite being mostly a protein blend (soy, wheat, whey and milk).
It also contains 19% oats with milk chocolate and sweetener.
Each 45g bar contains 149 calories, 11g of protein and surprisingly only 1.4g of sugar. (£1.50 per bar, pomegranate.com)
KNOWN for its vitamin range, Vitl this week launched a range of protein bars with vitamins and minerals targeted at specific needs.
There’s Energy, a salted caramel flavor; Raspberry flavored glow with collagen for skin and nails; as well as Focus chocolate brown to support mental performance.
I tried Energy, which is a chewy, bittersweet bar with vitamins B3 and B5, calcium, iodine and magnesium to support the release of energy from food and reduce fatigue.
The outer layer of chocolate was a bit crumbly, but as far as mid-afternoon snacks go, it’s pretty much perfect.
Each 40g bar contains 14g of protein, 1g of sugar and 143 calories. (£1.70 per bar, vitl.com)