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You can still snack, but it’s important to know what you can eat without undoing all your hard work.

Just because you’re getting fit to join the Royal Navy, it doesn’t mean you have to give up snacking. Healthy snacks help fuel training, the important thing is making sure you’re choosing a healthy option that won’t undo all your hard work. Things to consider, include:

  • Low fat, high carbohydrate – These foods fuel the body and are a good choice for before or after exercise. Try having a peanut butter sandwich, a bowl of porridge, or even a few slices of malt loaf.
  • Fruit and vegetables – These can be easily portioned for snacking at home, with the added bonus of contributing to your five a day.  Try a handful of grapes, an apple, or even some celery sticks with low-fat houmous.
  • Milk and dairy – This is a great way of getting the calcium and protein that helps you recover after exercise. Try making smoothies and milkshakes with semi-skimmed milk. You can also have low-fat yoghurt and rice pudding.
  • Other proteins – Make sure you get the right vitamins and minerals in your diet by snacking on meat, fish, eggs and baked beans. You can also enjoy things like unsalted nuts and seeds, or even lentil soup.

Don’t worry, joining the Navy doesn’t mean you’ll never see a chocolate bar or a bag of crisps again, but it’s important to remember what should be an everyday snack, and what should be a treat. Foods that are higher in fat, sugar and salt should be eaten in moderation.

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