Do you find yourself stuck between a bag of fast food and wanting to eat better?
When your day started early to fit in a quick workout, you ate lunch by 11:00, powered your way through calls and errands, and now the afternoon is filled with soccer practice and piano lessons, dinner can be a LONG way off!
You know the drill..you eat pretty well early in the day, but willpower decreases in the afternoon thanks to an increase in stress (cortisol hormone) and an increase in the hunger hormone, ghrelin. Before you know it, you are eating fries, your children’s chips, cookies, and even the wallpaper off the walls, and hormones are definitely to blame!
Your active lifestyle needs a food makeover, right?
Even with a crazy-demanding, busy life, you don’t have to eat the bad stuff, and snacks are a great place to start putting in a few healthier choices with little preparation or the commitment of overhauling your entire diet.
Snacks fill in the gaps between meals, but the typical “go to snacks” are empty calories that are high in fat, sodium, and sugar. Even if these packaged snacks have even been engineered to be “low fat,” or “sugar free,” the typical American snack provides no healing greens, fiber, antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, or nourishment. High in calories, low in nutrients!
Learning CONVENIENT, FAST, and NOURISHING options that go beyond the predictably BORING baby carrots is paramount in your busy lifestyle! Look beyond the vending machine, the fast food line, and the Starbucks Frappuccino! Use my HEALTHY SNACK GUIDE to add nourishment to your afternoon and to start giving your busy lifestyle a FOOD MAKEOVER!
- Green leafy vegetables
- Complex carbohydrates
- Whole Foods (no sugar or inflammatory foods)
- Kale Chips (homemade or store-bought)
- Roasted chickpeas (homemade or store-bought)
- Hummus and veggies
- PK Decadent Chocolate Protein Shake
- Sweet potato toast
- Seasoned white, black or refried beans (Amy’s) – small bowl. Black beans are best with Mexican spices and salsa, while white beans go well with Italian spices, lemon pepper, and a bit of water or broth. Simply warm in microwave. A large bowl makes a super lunch or dinner.
- Whole grain pretzels (Mary’s Gone Crackers)
- Oatmeal or Buckwheat cereal with berries and cinnamon
- Sprouted grain bread with nut butter
- Apple with nut butter
- Kraut Krisps – salty chips made from sauerkraut with probiotic cultures
- Green wrap (Collard leaf filed with hummus, veggies and spices)
- Coconut wrap (coconut wrap filled with
- Sweet potato half with cinnamon
- Nuts: pistachios, walnuts, almonds (preferably raw, unsalted)
- Brown rice cake with hummus or nut butter
- RX bars
Purium’s Green Power shake (packed with greens, fiber, healing carbohydrates, and with no added sugar, chemicals, gluten, or whey)
- Chocolate Banana Roll-Ups Ezekiel or whole wheat tortilla with banana and chocolate hummus (my homemade recipe is good!)
- Dehydrated fruit
- Guacamole or Mashed avocado (season with lemon juice, pink salt, garlic powder) and cucumber chips or Beanitos
- Unsweetened coconut yogurt with berries and cinnamon
- Watermelon cubes (plain) OR with feta sprinkles, mint, and drizzle of balsamic vinegar
- Watermelon and avocado with a sprinkle of pink salt
- Coconut oil homemade air popped popcorn (please use organic only…corn is a highly treated glyphosate crop)
- Homemade green and fruit smoothie (my favorite is greens, unsweetened almond milk, frozen cherries, and MVP Kids Chocolate protein mix
PERFECT SATURDAY NIGHT POPCORN
3 Tbsp coconut oil
1/3 cup of organic popcorn kernels
1 3-quart covered saucepan
1-2 TBSP Nutritional Yeast (IMMUNITY BOOSTER!!!)
Pink Himalayan Salt to taste1)
- In a a large saucepan, heat oil on stove over medium heat. Place several (2-3) kernels of popcorn in pan and watch carefully until kernels pop.
- Add remaining popcorn to form a single layer, cover and remove from heat. Count to 30.
- Return pan to heat and shake occasionally with lid slightly ajar to allow release of steam.
- Once most of kernels have popped, immediately pour popcorn into a large bowl and season with Nutritional yeast and salt, Carrot Juice Plus (for caramel corn), or MVP Kids Chocolate Protein.