September 18, 2015

School is back in session, work might be picking up, and many of us are getting into a more structured routine and busier schedule. And now that the unofficial end to summer has come and gone, and we’re preparing for the change of seasons, you may find yourself wanting to create a healthier lifestyle and cultivate new, positive habits.

I’m sure you could guess that this post has to do with cleaning up your diet, but we’re taking a little spin on this and focusing on SNACKS. Some of you might do the 3 meal deal, while others, like myself, rely on snacks/ small meals throughout the day to keep us thriving, energized, focused, and not so cranky (that’s what happens to me without food).

Below are some of my favorite go-to snacks that help me look and feel my best, while keeping my sugar level stable, sweet tooth satisfied, and body going strong:

Clean Eating Snack Guide

To keep your body and mind healthy & vibrant all day long

Apple or pear with 1 tbsp all-natural nut/seed butter

Be sure to use nut/ seed butters without any added oils or sugars. My favorites are sunflower seed butter and almond butter- you can get at Wegman’s on the cheap end. If using peanut butter, opt for organic

Roasted veggies

Great options include sweet potato, cauliflower, broccoli, or brussel sprouts. Simply chop up veggies, drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with sea salt, and bake on 400 degrees for approximately 25 minutes

Crunchy chickpeas

Drain and rinse a can of chickpeas. Blot chickpeas to absorb the water. Lay chickpeas on a baking sheet, coat with olive oil and seasonings of choice (sea salt, black pepper, chili flakes, sriacha, garlic power, etc.), and bake on 450 degrees for about 30 minutes

 Homemade trail mix

The best way to get a healthy, nourishing, and tasty trail mix is to make it yourself. Use raw nuts to avoid any added oils or sodium.  If choosing dried fruit, keep it to a minimum, and make sure there is NO added sugar, because dried fruit already has a high concentration. Other great options include: cacao nibs or dark chocolate chips, coconut flakes, seasonings like sea salt or cinnamon, puffed rice, etc.

 Avocado Toast

A delicious, satisfying, and satiating snack that’s become quite popular in the wellness world. I suggest using a sprouted grain bread, like this one. It’s full of clean, sprouted grains that are more easily digested and full of protein and nutrients.  You could also swap the bread for an organic brown rice cake. Scoop out about 1/4- 1/2 avocado (depending on its size), mash and spread onto toast, and top with sea salt, garlic powder, and tiny bit of sriracha for a kick.

Dark chocolate

Always a favorite: make sure to choose chocolate that has 70% or higher cacao to get more of the raw chocolate, less of the junk.

 Upgraded Yogurt Parfait

Instead of buying a sugar-filled and low-quality dairy parfait, make this delicious alternative yourself. Full recipe here: your body and mind with thank you

Green Smoothie

Always a great option, green smoothies provide a ton of instant nutrients and energy while offering a cooling and delicious taste and consistency. This will help squash any craving and ward off hunger for a while. Read full recipe here.

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