When you start exercising for the first time, or increase the number of workouts you do per week – you are bound to get hungry!
So many of our BBB babes fall into the trap of trying to avoid eating, thinking that avoiding calories is a good thing. It isn’t!
You need to fuel your body with snacks! If you don’t listen to your body when it's telling you to eat throughout the day, it won’t recover properly from workouts and your muscle will not build as effectively.
Remember, the more muscle you have, the more fat your body will naturally burn, even when you’re resting!
As outlined in our 12 Week Guide, we recommend a snack in the morning and in the afternoon. If you are at home during the day, snacking is a lot easier to plan and prepare.
But what if you are a girl on the go?
Well, we’ve got you covered! Here are our Top 5 snacks that you can chuck in your bag in the morning before you head out of the door:
- Hard-boiled eggs
With 5.5 grams of protein and 4.2 grams of good fat per egg, these are one of our fave snacks! Boil up some eggs the night before and refrigerate them overnight. Then pop a couple in your bag in the morning and they will last you the whole day without being refrigerated.
All nuts are full of protein and good fat, but they are very high in calories. They make the perfect snack when you eat a controlled amount, so just watch how many you eat. We recommend no more than a quarter of a cup (a small handful) at a time. When shopping for nuts, look for ones that are unsalted and unroasted as these are generally the healthiest for you.
Raw, unpeeled carrots will last the whole day in your bag! They’re very filling, leaving you feeling full and content. Carrots are low in protein and fat, so if you have a carrot as one of your snacks, make sure your other snack is high in protein and fat.
- Tinned tuna
There are lots of flavoured tunas that are really yummy to eat straight from the can. And they definitely pack a protein punch! One of our fave flavours here at BBB HQ is mayonaise and corn, yummy! The protein and fat content for each tin varies depending on the brand, but expect to consume at least 10 grams of protein per small tin.
- Protein bars
We’ve ummed and ahhed about including this as one of our recommended snacks. We were hesitant as a lot of protein bars are full of sugar and additives. But at the end of the day, eating a protein bar will be the lesser of evils if you are hungry and standing in a food court full of temptation. When shopping for protein bars, look for ones that have less than 5 grams of sugar per 100 grams.
Yours in snacks!
Simon & Karina xx