My Favorite Healthy Mama Snacks

I have an afternoon snack around 2 or 3 pm.  Something with protein, for sure, to keep my hunger in control and give me the right nutrients.

A group of us mamas were talking the other day on our private Healthy Mama. Happy Living facebook forum about healthy snack choices.  In the moment of hunger is when it’s the hardest to make a healthy choice.  So it is a good idea to have several ideas ready when hunger strikes.  Especially ones that you can take with you.

Here are my top favorite healthy mama snacks:

my favorite healthy snacks

1.  Apple Slices + Peanut Butter

My favorite apple is the Fuji.  Crisp and sweet.  I use organic peanut butter, but my favorite splurge is Justin’s Honey Almond Organic Peanut Butter.  SO good.

2.  Hard Boiled Eggs

I have an egg cooker and it cooks 7 in under 15 mins.  Sprinkle with a bit of salt and yum!

3.  Hummus and sliced cucumber

To help me with portion control, I buy the individual serving cups of hummus. 

4. 180 Chocolate protein snack bar.

Tons of protein, no artificial sugars or flavors and …did I mention chocolate?  I keep one in my purse at all times to avoid grabbing an unhealthy snack while I’m out.

5.  Almonds

I love the Emerald 100 calorie packs.  I keep one of these in my purse too.  Again, for me, it helps with portion control and it’s easy to grab for on the go.

 

What’s your favorite healthy snack?

 

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Eat Regular Meals

Do you skip meals?  Did you know that this actually hurts your metabolism?  Your body needs a steady flow of fuel and nutrition to keep it running properly.  Get in the habit of eating a good breakfast when you wake up and drinking a full glass of water.  This should include a healthy protein and carb with fruit or veggies.  I like oatmeal with blueberries, a veggie and cheese omelet or a protein smoothee.

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There are so many benefits and reasons as to why you need to eat regularly through the day.  Here are a few …

  • Eating regular low fat meals reduces total and LDL (bad) cholesterol and reduces resistance to insulin – reducing the overall risk of developing heart disease.
  • Regular meal eaters tend to have a lower energy (calorie) intake compared to those who eat irregularly – crucial if you’re looking to maintain or lose weight.
  • By eating regularly (meals and snacks) you will help keep your blood sugar levels stable. Why is this good? Because this will help prevent strong feelings of hunger, which could result in you over-eating the next time you eat (which is usually the time you reach for that chocolate bar, latte or muffin – or all 3!).

What has helped me the most is planning ahead.  I plan my meals and grocery shop weekly.  I even have done freezer meal  planning.  I also keep stocked on fresh fruit and veggies, drink lots of water throughout the day and keep almonds and protein snack bars handy in my purse and car.

The biggest benefit?  Eating with family!  Regular meal times together to connect with each other.  It sets such a healthy example and I just love the time together.

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Do you skip meals?  How do you feel when you do?  What do you like best about eating meals together?

Share in the comments and then let me know on facebook!

xoxo,

Claire

Eat more Fruits + Veggies

Last year, I purposed to eat more veggies.  The fact was that I did not eat enough.  I was fueling my body with way too many processed foods.  So I decided to increase my veggie and fruit intake.  Here are a few things that work for me and my family.

I eat an apple every morning for a snack.  By pairing it with some protein like cheese or peanut butter it makes a really great healthy snack!  I also try to eat veggies everyday for an afternoon snack.  I really like sliced tomatoes with a little cheese or cut veggies dipped in humus.  Yum! 

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If you cut it up they will eat it!  So true with kids and hubbies.

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I have also been using more veggies when I cook dinner.  Chopping up onions or peppers or mushrooms and adding them my meals gives me extra nutrition and fills me up.

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Another awesome way we get more fruit is using it in smoothees!  I chop it up and freeze it.  So good!  The kids really love them for snacks and I drink it with a quality, non GMO protein to make it a meal.

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These eating habits have helped me drop 4 lbs and 5 inches last month. You can see my pictures here.

Lastly, my family and I take quality, pure. whole food supplements.  This has helped keep us all healthy.  NO prescription meds here for us.  Plus because of it’s purity we are getting an abundance of vitamins and minerals found in real food.  Here is a visual of what I take.

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Start eating more fruits and veggies today.  Fill up your body with real food and you will feel so much better.  You might even drop a few pounds too.


What are your favorite fruits or veggies?  How do you eat it?  Do you eat them everyday?  Do you find creative ways to ‘sneak’ them in for your family like I do?

xoxo,

Claire

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