Topic: Healthy Snacking
We LOVE Smoothies!
We continuously hear about the same struggles from our clients which we’re sure you can all relate to: “I have no time for a healthy breakfast!” “What should I eat before and after I exercise?”, “What is a good snack?” or “My kids won’t eat any fruits or vegetables!”. Our answer to these more than common dilemmas…SMOOTHIES! Smoothies are a great way to pack balanced nutrition into your day. When made correctly, this quick and portable meal or snack is jam packed with vitamins, calcium, fiber and protein. Breakfast is the most important meal and many individuals skip it. Blend a smoothie in just minutes, pour it into a portable cup and you’re out the door. It’s that simple. This fiber and protein packed breakfast will keep your hunger at bay and your body properly fueled. If you’re on your way to exercise, you’ll have the perfect combination of carbohydrates and protein to fuel you through your workout without the added sugar. AND a smoothie made with Greek yogurt is the perfect post-workout snack to replenish depleted protein stores. Are you having trouble feeding picky eaters? Whether it’s the kids or an adult who just does not include a variety of fruits and vegetables, smoothies are a great solution to sneaking them in. So where do you start? A good quality blender is always worth the high sticker price. It will save you a bit of time to reach your desired consistency without too many adjustments. Next, start with a basic base: fruit or veggies, Greek yogurt and ice (if fruit and vegetables are not frozen). A good tip is to always have cut up fruit and veggies in your freezer. Also, make Greek yogurt a staple in your refrigerator and keep the ice trays filled. Look into purchasing a good quality portable cup. It will keep your smoothie cool and allow for a “grab and go” meal or snack while running out the door. Keep on hand some “add-ins” to pump up the nutrition, such as Hemp seeds, Chia or flax seeds. Try some of our “tried and true” recipes, enjoy!
Other Protein sources to add:
“Add ins” rich in omega-3 and fiber:
Flax seed, ground
Tips and Twists:
· Smoothie is too thick? Add skim milk, 100% fruit juice, soymilk or almond milk.
· Smoothie is too thin? Add more Greek Yogurt, fruit, ice cubes, or tofu.
· Smoothie is too tart? Add some honey.
· Smoothie is too sweet? Add some lemon juice.
· Adding a dark colored vegetable like spinach or kale? Mix in some blueberries. The berries will mix well for a more appealing color.
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Topic: Healthy Snacking
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How do you choose an energy bar?
Walk into any supermarket, convenience or vitamin store and there is a seemingly endless assortment of energy bars, each offering something different. Choosing the right energy bar for you is no easy task, but with a little guidance we will show you how to navigate the sea of available products.
Regardless of your personal goals, there are a few ground rules when choosing a bar:
How to make energy bars work for you:
1. Gnu Flavor and Fiber Bars www.gnufoods.com
2. Glenny’s Fruit and Nut Bars www.glennys.com
3. Kashi TLC Chewy or Layered Granola bars. www.kashi.com
Are you less concerned with calories and like a slightly larger snack?
1. KIND bars www.kindsnacks.com
2. Larabars www.larabar.com
3. Kashi GoLean Bars www.kashi.com
4. Bora Bora bars www.boraborafoods.com
Build your own bar!
Do you have high cholesterol?
Make your own at home!
There are many other bars on the market that are also great choices, but we had to stop somewhere. Is there another bar you love that has great nutritionals? Email us and let us know! Happy chewing!