Every so often I go through a healthy phase where I’m slightly more careful with what I eat. I’m never giving up cake, chocolate or pizza, right? And as well as eating, this phase also involves a couple of trips a week to the gym. But it never lasts long and usually everything comes crashing down after a few weeks. This time, however, I have to admit that I’m not doing too badly. My exercising is averaging out at around four times a week and according to the fancy machines at the gym, I have lost a few % in body fat since I started. Not bad without changing my diet.
I know exactly what to eat should be I wanted to become honed and toned like Gwyneth Paltrow. Pain au chocolat’s and full fat coffees certainly shouldn’t be a part of my diet. But they are and what’s more, they’re staying. My post workout choices aren’t always the best either. Wembley’s version of Nando’s does a great chicken, chips and nan bread combo that I have succumbed to a couple of times, or I’ll go home and cook pasta with tonnes of olive oil. I don’t want to stop but I sometimes ask myself whether I’m feeding my body the right foods post workout.
Enter Nakd and Trek bars. I have long been a fan of Nakd bars. Last year I went gluten free for three months after taking a food intolerance test and Nakd bars were a staple in my diet. I only came across them because my boyfriends sister is vegan and I saw a few in the cupboard once but it wasn’t the actual bar that caught my eye, it was the packaging. Each bar has its own fun name, such as Pecan Pie, Ginger Bread, Rhubarb and Custard or Cashew Cookie. They are wheat, dairy and gluten free and only contain dried fruit and nuts ‘smooshed together’, as they say and what’s more, they’re utterly delicious and the perfect (and very healthy) snack.
I only tried Trek bars for the first time this week and I am impressed. They are marketed at the health conscious cereal bar lovers who are looking for a healthier option. Instead of syrups and sugar, the bars only contain natural ingredients and are again wheat and dairy free. The other good thing about these bars is that they also contain 11g of protein so they are the perfect choice for a post workout snack. I tried one after a grueling Friday evening body attack class and I was hoping to replace dinner with the bar but I was getting the train down to Chichester and sushi literally called my name when I arrived at the station. Nevertheless I felt good that I was giving my body the protein that it needed after a workout.
Go and buy a Nakd or Trek bar, or both, and let me know what you think.