Avoid the dreaded lunch rut by folllowing this tasty advice from KnowMore’s Nutrition Expert Erin Palinski-Wade on how to change things up inside the box.
Our friend Ereka Vetrini is back with a few ‘Mom Hacks’ to help you chill out. Even the busiest of moms will have time for these 5 simple, satisfying and sweet ways to relax. From smelling an orange, to certain breathing techniques there is something for everyone. Our personal favorite is snacking. Yep, you read correctly. You can actually snack your way to relaxation.
Eating healthy takes effort in today’s fast-paced lifestyle, and finding snacks to fit that lifestyle can be a challenge when you’re looking for something convenient and filling. That challenge is multiplied when you add in dietary restrictions like no dairy.
So until we have more convenient and portable healthy snack options in the vending machines, we are responsible for coming up with options we can take with us on the go.
Here are a few of my dairy-free and even vegan-friendly snacks.
Nuts: Granted, those with nut allergies have to steer clear of this healthy snack. A recent study in the International Journal of Epidemiology shows that eating a handful of nuts a day can extend a person’s lifetime. My personal favorite is almonds which I buy in bulk. They are a perfect protein pick-me-up and a little goes a long way.
Energy Balls: Energy balls are a no bake treat you can make ahead and store in the fridge. There are many variations to these energizing treats. They can be sweet or savory and work as a snack or even as a meal replacement on the run. Just make ahead and store in the refrigerator or freezer and you’ll have a delicious go-to snack for days.
Dried Seaweed: Before you wrinkle your nose and close your mind to eating dried seaweed, let me tell you it is surprisingly tasty. It makes a perfect choice when you think you want something salty like chips because it’s low in calories and has a nice crunch to it. Just don’t think chips when you bite into it because it’s not deep fried potatoes.
Kale Chips: Another chip substitute is kale chips and a newer option, parsnip chips sold as Snip Chips which come in a variety of flavors. Either of these make a better choice for a snack than potato chips.
Along with these convenient healthy snacks, there’s always the old standbys – celery and carrot sticks. Just throw in some nuts and raisins and you’ve got yourself a little bit of salty sweetness to satisfy your hunger. Or of course, you can just eat an apple or banana.
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If you’re looking for a healthy snack to eat while you are traveling or on the go, chef Carolyn Scott Hamilton, author of ‘The Healthy Voyager’s Global Kitchen’ is here to show us some unique and delicious options.
Road trips are lots of fun for a lot of reasons. I don’t care how old you are, there is something about hitting the open road that makes the time feel like an adventure. A gas tank full of gas, a map on the seat next to you, and a road stretching endlessly in front of you creates the right dynamics for all kinds of possibilities.
I find that the greatest possibility is weight gain and water retention from lack of activity (jogging desperately to the restroom doesn’t count) and too much junk food. On the flip side, if I don’t take snacks I risk being “hangry” and no one wants that. You, too?
I thought so.
Healthy snacks just sound boring to me but they don’t have to be. Here are some snack foods to consider.
Local fruit. Here’s the thing. If you are driving along America’s highways and byways you are eventually going to pass a little fruit stand, and when you do you should hit the brakes. There is nothing in the known universe like fresh, tree (vine, plant) ripened fruit that has not ever seen the inside of a refrigerator or truck.
String cheese. It’s fun, it’s protein, and it goes great with that fresh fruit you just bought.
Veggies. Those individual packets of carrots and dip are great because there’s no mess and it’s one snack per container. Just eat it and throw the wrapper away.
Yogurt. It’s got protein and calcium plus it’s almost like eating pudding! You can slip yogurt into a small cooler and have it ready any time. Consider getting Go-Gurt and you won’t even have to worry about a spoon.
Crackers. Whole grain, low salt crackers are perfect when you just have to have crunchy carbs.
What are your road trip must-have snacks?
Today’s link round-up has a photo frame banner, flower headband, printable recipe cards, and more.
A Beautiful Mess showed us how to add a DIY frosted pattern privacy glass.
Sugar Bee Crafts showed us how to make a photo frame banner.
The Ribbon Retreat taught us how to make a fabric flower headband.
It’s Always Autumn gathered up some of the best indoor crafts and activities for kids.
Kre’ativ77 shared some printable recipe cards.
My Own Label gave a great gift idea—chalk-painted seed starters.
Honestly Yum shared a recipe for quinoa granola bars.
Photo credit: A Beautiful Mess and It’s Always Autumn
Food Network Kitchens presents 100-calorie versions of favorite snacks.
Expert Katie Lee shares three snacks to help maintain a healthy lifestyle.
I’ve talked about adding spinach into your kids’ smoothies and having them be none the wiser, but there are other ways to sneak healthy foods into your kids’ meals, too.
The Sneaky Chef’s Brawny Brownies has spinach, blueberries, wheat germ, and oat bran. The brownies aren’t exactly health food, but if your kids love brownies and you need to make some for one reason or another, why not sneak in some extra antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals?
TLC suggests something that should probably be a no-brainer, but it had never occurred to me. My daughter is way too familiar with the way her favorite cereals look, and she’d probably reject any mix of other cereals on the days we were pressed for time.
However, I do think that I’ll start mixing in healthier cereals with the sugary ones she begs for and sometimes gets. Less of a sugar rush for her, less guilt for me…everybody wins.
Eating Well suggests mixing finely chopped mushrooms in the place of some (not all) of the ground beef when you’re making Sloppy Joes or spaghetti sauce. I can see this one working very well, and I could probably even stomach it (I really don’t like mushrooms). If you have a vegetable spiralizer, you may be able to sneak in some zucchini and squash “noodles” with the spaghetti, too.
What are your favorite ways to add vegetables into your family’s foods without the kids (and maybe even your husband) knowing? I’ve used some of the tips above, baked with canned pumpkin or applesauce instead of oil, and juiced carrots and beets along with apples, but nothing too creative yet.
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