Knowing how much and what foods to buy can be a living nightmare but you need to eat in order to keep living, that’s obvious. Fridge foods expire quickly and can cost you a load of money if you’re disorganised but cupboard foods are an ensnarement of their own for a few reasons.

Typically, anything that lives in the cupboard can be eaten without preparation and in large quantities. This is dangerous for anyone that lacks the willpower to stick to a conventional three meals a day routine.

Luckily, nutritionist Cassandra Barns has shared her green-lit foods that are essential for any fitness fanatics and hopeless baby-adults that need some nutritional direction for what constitutes as a ‘healthy snack’…

1. Tinned beans

“Beans, lentils and chickpeas have a lot going for them as a store cupboard staple. They’re a great mix of carbohydrates and protein, both of which are needed to restore your muscles after a workout. They’re a good way to quickly and easily add some extra protein to salads, soups, stews and even stir-fries, and are a particularly important source of protein if you’re vegan or vegetarian”

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2. High-protein pasta

“We’ve already seen the benefits of getting your carbs and protein together in the form of beans and pulses. Well, now you can get this combination from your pasta too. Clearspring’s Green Pea and Quinoa Pasta provides 21 g of protein per 100 g compared to around 12 g in standard wheat pasta and only 8 g in brown rice pasta.”

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3. Oatcakes 

“Oatcakes make a perfect pre-workout snack: try them with a teaspoon of peanut butter and a few slices of banana. Nairn’s Rough Oatcakes provide easy-to-digest carbohydrates that are released in a controlled way, giving you sustained energy rather than causing you to crash in the middle of a workout.”

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4. Porridge

“If you work out early in the morning, a big bowl of oat porridge can make a perfect post-workout breakfast. Nairn’s Gluten-Free Porridge Oats provide slow-releasing carbohydrates to help replenish your muscle glycogen (the energy stored in your muscles) and are a good source of magnesium, which may support muscle recovery and relaxation.”