Healthy snacks for sport: Why nuts and seeds should be a part of your diet

Healthy snacks for sport: We asked a top sports scientist if nuts and seeds can be a good post-workout snack for gym goers

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Seeds and nuts contain high levels of micro-nutrients Photo: 9BAR

We asked sports scientist and 9BAR ambassador Greg Whyte for some tips and advice on healthy snacks for sport lovers and gym goers.

Greg says: You should always be careful of highly processed foods as they tend to include excessive levels of processed sugars and additives.

Dependent upon what your aims are some ‘healthy’ options can contain a high ‘hidden’ calorie content i.e. smoothies. My best advice is to go simple; always read the label and choose foods that support your goals.

Nuts and seeds are an excellent source of nutrients. In particular, the high micro-nutrient content (i.e. vitamins and minerals) make nuts and seeds an important part of a healthy, balanced diet particularly when consumed as snacks (i.e. occasional, small quantities).

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A 9BAR could be a good option pre or post-workout Photo: 9BAR

Nuts and seeds (i.e. 9BAR) are a great snack option following exercise as they contain high levels of micro-nutrients together with a small amount of calories in the form of protein and carbohydrate to support recovery.

About the author: Greg Whyte competed in two Olympic Games and is a European and World Championship medalist. With an MSc in Human Performance and a PhD completed at London’s St. Georges Hospital Medical School, he is most recently known for his involvement in Comic Relief where he assisted various celebrities in challenges, including Davina McCall who he trained for her ‘Beyond Breaking Point’ 506 mile ultra-triathlon.

To find out more about the new 9BAR range, visit www.9bar.com.

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