Whilst we're all staying home a lot of us may be looking to the fridge for answers. Now we love a treat as much as the next person (and yes we've tried about 5 banana bread recipes so far as well), but boredom-eating and unnecessary snacking can be detrimental to more than just your waistline: Upping our intake of processed and sugary food disrupts blood sugar levels resulting in fatigue, disturbed sleep patterns and skin problems.
We've come up with a few of our favourite snack swaps to help you feel your best all day during lockdown:
SWAP 1: Crisps > Popped crisps or flavoured rice cakes with a little cream cheese.
Swap your favourite starchy crisps for an equally flavoursome pack of snack-a-jacks or pop chips. You'll get that salty satisfaction without as much fat. Adding cream cheese gives this snack a protein hit and will help you feel fuller for longer.
SWAP2: Sugary sweets > Dried fruit
If you find yourself reaching for a pack of jelly snakes or sour sweets try dried or dehydrated fruit instead. Dried mango and pineapple still pack a lot of sweetness but they contain fibre and other nutrients that you definitely won't get from Percy and his friends.
SWAP3: Chocolate bar > Dark chocolate and nuts
We all have a favourite whether it's a kitkat, a mars bar or a bueno and there's nothing wrong with indulging in a nostalgic sweet treat every now and then. But, if you find yourself in need of a 3pm sugar hit reach for a high-quality dark chocolate (we love the ones with a touch of sea salt) and a handful of nuts. You'll get your chocolate fix and the protein from the nuts will keep you feeling satisfied.
SWAP4: Ice cream > Ice cream
With the weather heating up we've been reintroducing two of our best friends back to our freezers; ben and jerry. Whilst traditional ice creams are quite sugar and fat heavy, a lot of well known brands are now making lower-calorie and vegan options of your favourite flavours, making that indulgence a little less naughty.