Snacking is never a question of why, it’s a question of what, when and how can I snack healthily.
Snacking is the fundamental mechanism we use to thread together events in our day, whether this be sitting down at the desk, something to accompany a brew or the essential elevenses, snacking is most certainly an imperative part of the daily grind.
And when you suffer with IBS, you know that eating little and often is the best way to tell your tummy ‘it’s okay, there’s nothing to be afraid of here’.
If you were to eat three square meals a day you may notice your stomach goes into over-drive and can’t quite catch up with itself once you’ve digested all that food, making a very unpleasant after-math and a horrible regret that you ever made yourself that hungry in the first place.
That’s why I’m a snacking advocate – but only HEALTHY snacks, mind you – and one of my favourites has to be Nakd Wholefood bars.
The Nakd range is fantastic. You can choose anything from protein bars, flapjacks, fruit and nut packed traditional bars, or little nibble packets that are perfect for on-the-go snacking.
I’d seen them before in the supermarket and, whilst I’d considered them, I’d always ended up with something much more sugary and much less satisfying (cut-price Custard Creams… you know the drill). However, after trying these I finally realised I’d been wrong all along with my buying decisions.
For me, the most important aspect of any food product is ingredients and what it is exactly that I’m putting into my body. Just from looking at the packet I was reassured that this was good stuff.
Not only this, they’re an IBS sufferers dream.
Quite the triple threat, they’re:
- wheat-free (which can aggravate the intestinal organs in IBS-C sufferers)
- dairy-free (perfect for those with a lactose intolerance factor to their IBS)
- and gluten-free (great for those with Celiac disease or those with other gluten sensitivity issues).
Make a Nakd bar a staple part of your cooking
One of the best thing about these Nakd bars in particular is, because they’re made purely of all the naturally good stuff, they’re a perfect ingredient to your cooking.
For when you want a slightly larger snack and all you have is a Nakd bar to hand, some Soya milk and a couple of eggs, I greatly recommend trying out a couple of recipes yourself. There’s a whole host of amazing recipes you can find online here, but me being me I thought I’d also try giving it a go myself.
Go on – make yourself some Nakd Waffles!
As I love to try new recipes, and love to put anything and everything in my waffle maker, I fashioned together a Sumptuous Bakewell Tart Nakd bar Waffle.
I tried to make the recipe as protein-rich and gut-friendly as possible, so I substituted regular flour with coconut flour, and replaced whole eggs with egg whites. I then mashed up the Nakd Bakewell Tart bar with a tiny bit of Soya milk to make it as creamy as possible.
These are perfect warm, straight out of the machine, or cold as a more filling snack later in the day, I love my waffles more when they’re full of Nakd-y goodness and you can try this amazing waffle recipe with just about any fruity Nakd bar for the same great taste. I did it with the Bakewell Tart bar, but it really is any bar’s game.
- 3 egg whites
- 3 mashed Nakd bars
- 1 tbsp coconut flour
- 35g ground oats
- ½ tsp baking powder
- Almond or Vanilla extract (optional)
Just throw these together, mix well and let them delightfully cook in your waffle maker for a perfectly brown waffle!
Get your chocolate fix without the tummy troubles!
If you’ve got more of a chocolate craving, Nakd have the BEST chocolate mousse recipe which incorporates dairy-free milk, avocados (perfected for giving you the fatty acids that help line the gut more) and yummy maple syrup.
The ingredients and method for these delicious mousse pots are below:
For the chocolate mousse:
- 2 ripe avocados
- 8 tbsp cocoa powder
- 8 tbsp maple syrup or agave nectar
- 120ml dairy-free milk
For the topping:
- 4 Nākd Cocoa Delight bars
- Edible flowers (optional)
- Scoop the flesh out from the avocados and add to a blender, along with the cocoa powder, sweetener and milk. Blend until smooth and creamy.
- Divide the mousse equally and spoon into your serving glasses. Leave in the fridge for at least 30 minutes before serving.
- Add the Nākd Cocoa Delight bars to a food processor and grind until it turns to rubble.
- To serve, spoon the crumbled Nākd bars on top of the mousse pots and top with a few edible flowers.
I also recommend throwing in a dash of Bailey’s Irish Cream if you’re feeling particularly daring – and if cream isn’t one of your trigger foods either.
I notice that my stomach sometimes doesn’t agree with a whole lot of lactose, but a tiny bit – such as the amount of milk you might pop into your cup of tea – doesn’t make much of a difference when it’s so minimal. Adding a dash of Bailey’s gives this such a warm, hearty kick and, if you ask me, tasted just like a Bailey’s Hot Chocolate – yum!
So, from myself and Nakd, we hope you have a great Valentine’e Day this Saturday and hope your day is full of healthy eats and settled tums!