A balanced diet, equals a happy and healthy life

A balanced diet, equals a happy and healthy life

Consuming the right foods at the right times can help maximise performance, reduce the risk of injury, and support optimal recovery. When it comes to snacks, it's important to choose options that are high in protein, healthy fats, and essential nutrients, while also being low in added sugars and artificial ingredients.

Here are ten snacks that are recommend for athletes & bodybuilders to help maintain a balanced diet that we can all fit into our daily lives.

Greek yogurt

This thick, creamy yogurt is an exceptional source of protein, calcium, and probiotics. Consuming it as a snack not only supports gut health but also provides long-lasting energy for exercise sessions.


Almonds, cashews, and pistachios are excellent sources of healthy fats, protein, and fiber. Snacking on nuts can help you feel satiated and maintain focus throughout your day.

Hard-boiled eggs

These easily portable snacks are packed with protein and vital nutrients like vitamin D and choline. They are ideal for pre or post-workout snacking to help support muscle recovery and growth.

Cottage cheese

With its high protein content and low calorie count, cottage cheese can be combined with fruit or nuts for added flavour and texture, making it an ideal quick and easy snack.

Pork scratchings

Also known as pork rinds, these tasty and satisfying snacks can be a valuable addition to any athlete or bodybuilder's nutrition plan. Rich in protein and healthy fats but low in carbohydrates, they are well-suited for those following low-carb or ketogenic diets.

Beef jerky

This high-protein snack is low in carbohydrates and fat. Opt for brands with reduced sodium content and no added sugars for a healthier option


These young soybeans are not only delicious but also high in protein, fiber, and essential nutrients like folate and vitamin K. They make for a quick and easy snack when you're on the go.


Made from chickpeas and tahini, this flavorful dip is packed with protein, fiber, and healthy fats. Pair it with vegetables or whole-grain crackers for a satisfying snack.

Fresh fruit

Apples, bananas, and berries are excellent sources of fiber, vitamins, and minerals. Enjoy them on their own or with a dollop of nut butter for additional protein and healthy fats.

Roasted chickpeas

These crunchy and satisfying snacks are rich in protein and fiber. Season them with your favourite spices for extra flavour.

By incorporating these nutrient-dense snacks into your eating habits, you can provide your body with the necessary nutrients to reach your fitness objectives. However, it's important to remember that the quantity and variety of snacks an athlete or bodybuilder should consume are dependent on their unique needs and goals. As a health coach, I strongly advise consulting with a registered dietitian or sports nutritionist to create a tailored meal plan that promotes optimal health and performance.

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