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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Healthy Snacking

When I went to college, I gained weight pretty fast, & toward the end of my freshman year, I decided to lose it. I started exercising 4 times a week, allowing nothing to be an excuse - I even ran on vacation (crazy). I remember at some point, someone asked me how I was losing weight, & I realized that instead of coming home & snacking on crackers or some other processed food, I was snacking on fruit. And that made a huge difference!

Now, healthy snacking isn't as much for weight as it is just for overall health (although my body does indeed gain weight quickly when I eat what I shouldn't). But it can be tough to find good things to snack on, for both myself & for my boys. Here are some things we do - I'd also love for you to comment & tell me what your favorite snacks are in your house - we could definitely always use some new suggestions!

For me:
Veggies & hummus
Leftover roasted vegetables (love Brussels sprouts & okra!)
Popcorn (not microwaved - air popped, or non-GMO pre-popped)
Fruit
Nuts (I'm not a huge nut fan, honestly, so sometimes I force it)
Raw protein bars (like Thunderbird)
Energy bites - we all love these!
Justin's Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups (when I need a chocolate fix - SO GOOD)

For the kids:
Fruit (most often apples)
Popcorn
Kefir - a yogurt-like probiotic drink
Gluten free pretzels
Yogurt covered raisins
Whole Foods fruit strips
Annie's snacks (like their cheddar bunnies - these are not a staple in our home, but an occasional treat)

What do you snack on? What about your kids?


2 comments:

  1. Oooh! I am going to try those energy bites! Ok, is microwaved popcorn ok as long as they are your own kernals?

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  2. Microwaving is something I know in the back of my head I need to give up altogether - it kills nutrients in our food & probably does other bad things too. :) So popcorn is one thing we don't microwave anymore since we have other easy options. But yes, your own kernels in a brown paper bag is a much better option than pre-bagged kernels.

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