I am not one to count calories, but on Monday I came to the realisation that I should perhaps track things a bit more as my healthy snacks/nut addiction is perhaps not the healthiest.
On Monday, I carried on with my smoothie addiction, but this time made one with two massive tablespoons of peanut butter. Fine. I was still hungry after lunch and went to the supermarket after to by an apple. Did you know that a pink lady is 60p and that you can buy 5 raspberry-filled donuts for 65p?! The struggle to make the healthy choice was real. Close to the till, I noticed the new graze snacks packets and a Nakd bars. I proceeded to buy both….and eat both in the afternoon along with my apple. It’s later that it hit me. Fair enough all of these are healthy and full of proteins….but it’s also full of FAT!
Here are the statistics. Between the peanut butter in the smoothie, the naked bar and the graze box, I consumed 853 calories, 33g protein, 39g carbs and 62g fat, including 12g of saturated fat! That’s over a third of my daily recommended calorie needs. According to the UK dietary guidelines , based on a 2,000 calories diet, your daily fat intake should be 70g, including 20g of saturated fat…
Now, I am not saying that I am going to start tracking calories, but I will try to reduce my nut intake and snack on fresh food instead, as this was a bit of an eye opener. On a separate
nut note, I had an AWESOME speed session that evening, which also means that I could possibly do which such snacks before a tough running session. Perhaps just not everyday.
Edit 11h15: Just to clarify, healthy fats are good for you and this is why I include them daily in my diet and would encourage you to do the same. However that day I also had avocado, smoked salmon and cooked with coconut oil, which are also great sources of healthy fats. As mentioned in the comments, I believe that it would be better that in the future, my snacks come from a variety of food and not just nuts.
Do you check how much nuts you eat?