I’ve always been a serial snacker. Although I’m pretty mindful about what I cook and what we eat at mealtimes, I completely let myself down when it comes to snacking in between. Over the years I’ve learnt that the best way to manage my cravings is to simply not buy unhealthy snacks – if they’re not in my kitchen, then I can’t eat them!
But when out and about, I admit that I just grab whatever’s convenient. I’m usually rushing back for the school run, or I’m on a mad dash of errands before Harry’s next feed…And even if I’m at home I’ll often skip entire meals and just snack. As parents we’re always running around after our kids and eating can unfortunately become more of a chore than something to be enjoyed.
A healthier 2018
I’ve promised myself that 2018 will be the year I stop hiding behind my ‘new mum’ label (I am in my fourth year of motherhood after all!) and start to take better care of myself. I actually joined the gym last month, so it’s official! I’ve also started to put more time aside for myself and do more of the things that make me happy.
In addition, I’m substituting crisps and chocolate with more healthy snacks and I’ve recently become a big fan of Nairn’s On The Go Mini Cheese Oatcakes. They come in boxes of five packets so they’re super handy to take out and about, and they’re also low in calories and sugar.
But most surprising is how filling they are! Oats are high in fibre and are a source of slow release energy, so I find they really do satisfy those hunger pangs in between meals. And I’m a fan of anything cheesy, so the flavour gets a thumbs up from me too!
If you haven’t tried them yet, they’re definitely worth adding to your next food shop (in place of those multipack crisps!!)
The perfect ‘treat’ for kids
Nairn’s are also a great snack option for the kids. I’m always on the lookout for ways to make Taylor’s lunch box more fun and I cram it with as many healthy options as possible. But at three years old, she has started to get a taste for more of those things that aren’t so healthy.
Luckily, Nairn’s Gluten Free Choc Chip Astro Bites are the perfect healthy (and tasty) alternative. They have 40% less sugar than the average children’s biscuit, they’re high in fibre and they don’t contain any artificial colours, flavours or preservatives.
And the best thing about them? Taylor thinks she’s getting a ‘treat’! The other day I was even able to use them as a bribe to get her to leave soft play (and trust me when I tell you there’s not many things she loves more than soft play!)
They’re also a great option as a mid afternoon or mid morning snack and keep her going until the next meal time – without her filling up on other less healthy options.
Have you tried Nairn’s oatcakes yet? Do you tend to snack a lot?
Disclosure: Post written in collaboration with Nairn’s