The best healthy snacks for Pilates: Review.

Being a Pilates teacher and the owner of a busy studio life really can be busy. I often have to eat at odd times or on the run. As someone who not only teaches exercise but is also a dietitian, I really do have to practise what I preach. So as part of our BARN studio LAUNCH I contacted a few companies who are known for their healthy products. People often ask me to recommend products to them, these ones below are all ones I would definitely say are great healthy choices and taste amazing.

Lizi’s Granola:

I don’t usually eat granola as it is packed full of sugar. I keep thinking about making my own, but that never quite happens. So I was delighted to have a lot of granola be sent to us. Lizi’s Granola has a low Glycaemic Load, which is a measure of the effect it has on blood sugar levels. This granola therefore will not lead to your blood sugar levels rising up too high but instead you will get a slow release of energy from it over your morning. Perfect for Pilates!

We were sent 4 flavours in individual portion packs. At our launch party people really enjoyed tasting all the flavours. I’ve then been giving out sample packs in our client goody bags, which has brought a big smile to people’s faces.

Comments include:

“It was really nice mixed in with my porridge”

“This made a fabulous snack on the run, dry from the packet with no milk”

“The packet makes portion control so easy”

Personally I’m enjoying it with fruit and yoghurt as a snack after teaching Pilates in the evenings. I’m always hungry and this is leaving me feeling satisfied and yet I know it’s a healthy treat.


Munchy Seeds:

I’ve heard of these and always wanted to try them, so I was super pleased when Munchy Seeds said they would send us some. The biggest accolade I can give these is that my 4 year old, who doesn’t like seeds, adores them (I can’t quite figure that one out) and my husband who prefers dry roasted peanuts, is also a huge fan.

Somehow these cross the divide between a salty snack and a healthy snack. Clever work.

Emily Fruit Crisps:

These were the first thing to go at our launch party. Emily Fruit Crisps are sweet to the taste, crunchy and delicious, yet these literally only contain fruit and vegetable oil. I’d have to be careful when opening a packet of these as they would fly out the door!

These are certainly something I would reccomend as a healthy snack or to have out when friends come round as a nice nibble. I also love the pretty packaging.



California Prunes:

Now I used to think that a prune was a prune. I was wrong. These are extra juicy, squidgy and soft. It must be all the extra sun they have when growing!

One thing I loved was the California Prune company sent over a leaflet with a great sounding recipe in for a savoury dish, enough for each of our client goody bags. I usually only use prunes in baking and sweet dishes so this has certainly inspired me to try them out in a few savoury dishes too.


I like to make up a mixed portion of dried fruit, nuts and seeds with a couple of squares of dark chocolate, my own snack box 🙂

What are your favourite healthy snacks?

DISCLAIMER: These products were all sent to me to review for free. All thoughts and views are my own.

The Best Pilates Smoothie Recipe

Sometimes it can be tricky to know what to eat before or after a Pilates class. If you class is close to a meal then you don’t want to have a full stomach in class. If you haven’t eaten for a while and know you need a snack then what do you have? No-one wants to hear tummy rumbles in your roll-ups and doing a teaser with a tummy full really isn’t pleasant!

So here is a great smoothie recipe for yoou that can be whizzed up in seconds and will sustain you through a class or help you replenish afterwards. The oats are slow release carbohydrates to give you energy that lasts and keep you fuller for longer. The milk provides protein and lactose sugars which is proven to be a great rehydration and refuelling substance. The fruit is packed with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Then the linseeds are optional, I like them as they provide omega 3’s which I am always looking for ways to include in my diet.

Pilates with Priya: banana and blueberry smoothie

Banana and Blueberry Oaty Smoothie:

1 tbsp oats
1 medium banana
1 handful of blueberries
150 ml milk
1 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp linseeds
Place all the ingredients in a food processor or glass jug that you can use with a hand blender. 
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Blend and pour into a glass.
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