You’ve been eating healthily all day, then it comes to mid-afternoon, or perhaps post-workout, and the cravings strike. We’ve all been there. At the time, it might seem like a good idea to scoff a couple of chocolate bars or a family bag of crisps in one go, but deep down you know you’ll regret it straight after.
Whether you’re a victim of mid-afternoon biscuit cravings or you often find yourself hankering for a post-workout chocolate bar (or two), there are healthy alternatives for your favourite guilty pleasures – that still pack all the flavour.
From the best chocolate bar smart swaps to your favourite afternoon dunk, here are the ten healthiest snack alternatives to satisfy every single one of your cravings.
Best Chocolate Bar Swap: Protein Choc Chunky
Looking for a snack with a bit more bite? This hearty protein bar guarantees a decadent chocolatey wafer hit – keeping on top of cravings and maintaining muscle mass throughout the day.
Boasting 14g of high-quality protein and only 2.7g of sugar per bar vs. 2.6g of protein and a whopping 21.2g of sugar for the supermarket alternative, grabbing your Protein Choc Chunky to satisfy those sweet cravings is a no-brainer.
Best Health-Boosting Sweetener: Manuka Honey
Craving a hit of sweetness on your breakfast/sandwich/straight off the spoon? Manuka honey has a richer, creamier taste than the regular stuff, and it boasts big health benefits, too.
While your regular honey is brimming with sugar and not a lot else, Manuka honey delivers an antioxidant, antibacterial sweet hit that helps protect against a host of illnesses and microbial infections.
Our Manuka is certified to contain a minimum of 100mg/kg methylglyoxal – a naturally occurring active compound that’s found in higher concentrations in Manuka honey.
Best Diet Protein Bar: Skinny Protein Bar
The Skinny Protein Bar, which comes in Cookie Dough or White Chocolate and Raspberry, comes onto the list super-low in calories with just 1.2g sugar per hefty 80g bar.
Soft and sweet on the inside and covered in milk chocolate, this protein bar satisfies the sweet cravings while packing a massive 18g of high-quality protein.
Best Flavour Booster: FlavDrops
Looking to cut down on your sugar intake without losing the delicious sweet taste? Flavour your snacks and drinks naturally with FlavDrops – the zero-calorie taste enhancer that makes coffees, smoothies, shakes, porridge, and drinks taste delicious.
In 17 moreish flavours like Chocolate Peanut Butter, Maple and Mocha, FlavDrops contain 0kcal, 0g of sugar and 0g of carbohydrates, making them ideal for satisfying sweet-tooth cravings any time of the day.
Best Quick Breakfast Fix: Protein Pancake Mix
Gone are the days when pancakes had to be jam-packed with the same amount of carbs as your average 12” pizza – protein pancakes are now the breakfast and post-workout food for all fitness buffs.
Packed with a huge 34g of protein per serving, these easy-to-make protein pancakes are the perfect high-protein choice for breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert.
Best Afternoon Dunk: Protein Biscuit
Say hello to the winner of ‘Best Protein Treat’ in the UK 2018 Men’s Health Sports Nutrition Awards. Two chocolate biscuits with a fluffy, protein-rich layer sandwiched in between.
With only 0.5g of sugar, over 6g of protein and 8g of fibre per serving, the Protein Biscuit delivers all the deliciousness of your favourite dunkable snack for around the clock – minus the guilt.
Best Healthy Sauce: Sugar-Free Sauce
Delicious sauces that actually fit in your diet are hard to come by, but this Sugar-Free Sauce delivers and then some.
Sugar-free, low-calorie swaps for all-time favourites like tomato ketchup, BBQ, sweet chilli and peri peri, these tangy, smoky sauces were absolutely made to smother your meals with.
Best High-Quality Protein Bar: Pro Bar Elite
Each Pro Bar Elite is packed with an impressive 26g of high-quality slow- and fast-releasing milk proteins. Every batch is certified by the Informed-Sport Supplement Testing Programme, providing the very highest level of assurance for athletes.
With flavours like Toffee Vanilla, Dark Chocolate Berry and Caramel Hazelnut – all covered in crunchy toppings and sweet milk chocolate with a soft centre – you’ll find it hard to believe these bars are actually good for you.
Best High-Protein Spread: Whey Protein Peanut Butter
This twist on the cupboard classic is crafted from roasted peanuts and enriched with whey protein isolate for the perfect high-protein, low-sugar, every-day nutritious snack.
With delicious flavours like Chocolate Orange, Apple Pie, and Summer Fruit Pudding, Whey Protein Peanut Butter will kill all your sweet cravings in one fell swoop. Spread it on toast, rice crackers, and your favourite fruit, or straight out of the tub, one spoonful at a time.
Best High-Protein Lunch Box Filler: Protein Choc Bites
These crunchy, high-protein bites are crafted with smooth chocolate, protein crispies and high-quality whey protein to create a tasty snack for on-the-move.
These super-convenient Protein Choc Bites are perfect for anyone looking for a sweet treat that’s high in protein – providing an impressive 30g of protein per 100g.