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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{Gluten Free} 2 Ingredient Cookies

My youngest has an intolerance to gluten.  He just does not feel well after eating too much of it so I have been slowly swapping out ingredients and experimenting with healthy recipes.  Plus, eating more clean has been a personal goal of mine for my family.  In my search, I came across a recipe for cookies with just 2 ingredients.  Really!  I’m not talking a box mix as one of them either. 

 

1. Oatmeal   { I used gluten free }

2. Banana

 

That’s it!  I found the original recipe @ The Burlap Bag.  I used the gluten free oatmeal because of my son but you can use regular too.

Here is what I did.

 

Step 1 :: Pour in 1 cup of oatmeal and peel 2 bananas.  Mash and mix with a fork.

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Step 2 :: Drop spoonfuls of mix on a greased cookie sheet.  Be sure to grease or it will stick!

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Step 3 ::  Bake for 15 min at 350 degrees and then eat!

You can easily add in raisons, nuts, chocolate chips, craisons, cinnamon or whatever else you want.

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I love them!  This is a healthy, easy and yummy recipe that is definitely a keeper. 

 

If you make 12 cookies with this recipe you can eat 6 cookies and it only equals 1 banana and 1/2 cup of oatmeal.  Great snack and NO guilt!

 

Claire

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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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Roasted Chickpeas

Otherwise known as garbanzo beans.  On my 2012 quest to eat more healthy, I decided to try some beans.  I am told they are chock full of nutrients so I did the adult thing and tried them…roasted.  Remember my crunchy crave?  It was worth a try to see if this will meet my goal AND desire at the same time, right?

I picked up two cans at the store.

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When buying food, I look at the ingredients to make sure I can read the ingredients.  Long fancy words do not mean organic. 

1.   Preheat oven to 450 degrees

2.  Drain and rinse beans

3.  Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or foil

4.  Spray lightly with olive oil cooking spray

5.  Bake for 30 min

6.  Lightly coat with cooking spray again

7.  Sprinkle with sea salt (or any spice/seasoning you wish!)

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What about you?  Do you eat beans?  How do you fix them?  Have you made these before?  ?

Happy Healthy Eating,

Claire

 

Baked Radish Chips

Yes.  I said radish.  After my experience with the zucchini chips, I decided to try it with another veggie.  Radishes sounded absurd enough, that I thought I need to test this out for myself. 

The recipe and directions are the same as the zucchini chips.  You can find all that HERE.

So…..confession here.  I have never bought radishes.  It really never made my list as a food to add for my eating pleasure.  In fact, I really don’t know much about them so I researched the new way….I googled them.

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Did you know….

Radishes are rich in ascorbic acid, folic acid, and potassium. They are a good source of vitamin B6, riboflavin, magnesium, copper, and calcium. One cup of sliced red radish bulbs provides approximately 20 calories, largely from carbohydrates.

Slice and arrange on baking sheet

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Enjoy! They actually taste good!  I put sea salt on mine, but I am sure you could get more creative.

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Do you eat radishes?  Have you ever bought them?

Happy eating!

Claire

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Baked Zucchini Chips

One of my healthy home goals this year is to eat more veggies. 

Then I found out potato chips do not count.  Booo…..

So to satisfy my need desire for a salty crunch, I tried something new.  Baking veggies in my own oven.  I know right?!  Who knew..apparently I do not have to buy the processed junk at the store.  I can make my own and eat fresh and healthy.   Double Bonus!

Today, I baked zucchini into little delightful chips seasoned with sea salt.  YUM!

Here is the super easy recipe….

Baked Zucchini Chips

1 (or 5) zucchini

olive oil cooking spray

sea salt (or other desired seasoning)

Yep.  That’s it!

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1.   Preheat your oven to 225 degrees.

2.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or foil.

3.  Spray lightly with cooking spray

4.  Slice your zucchini into thin slices (about the size of a quarter)

5.  Arrange on baking sheet

6.  Spray lightly with cooking spray

7.  Sprinkle with sea salt.

8.  Bake 45 minutes, then rotate sheet and bake another 40 – 50 min. until desired crispness.

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Keep in mind they are going to shrivel and shrink after baking in the oven so you may want to cut up several zucchinis.

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These are fabulous!  Totally satisfies my salty crunch crave.  Try them and let me know how you like them.

Happy eating,

Claire

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Baked Oatmeal with Personal Toppings

I found this recipe on Pinterest and decided to try it today.

You can find the recipe and directions over at sugarfreemom.com

I really like her site!  One of my boys gets tummy aches from too much gluten so I have been looking for more ideas.  Her site is full of great, healthy ideas.

Here are my baked oatmeal cups….

 

 

 

 

 

Don’t they look yummy? I am always looking for healthy snack ideas for my growing boys. Plus these could be frozen for quick on-the-go breakfasts.

You can choose the add-ins that your family likes.  I used craisons and blueberries this time. 

They turned out good for my first batch!  The boys liked them so it’s a keeper for us.  I learned a few things for the next time I make them.

1.  Mix in craisons.  I put mine on the top to bake and they did not stick.  It would work better if I had mixed it in like I did the blueberries.

2.  My boys would like them a bit sweeter so I will double the amount of stevia.

3.  The ideas for toppings and mix-ins are endless.  Chocolate chips, coconut, brown sugar, nuts, raisons,etc.

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Have you ever made a recipe you found on pinterest?

Happy Baking!

Claire

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Healthy Eating Tips

healthy plateAs we celebrate National Nutrition Month 

and this year’s campaign to Get Your Plate in Shape and make better, healthier,

informed food choices, I’ve got some of Dr. Jamie McManus’ favorite healthy

eating tips to help you get your plate in shape and spread the word to others.

  • Think before you eat

Take time to think about what you are putting on your plate or in your bowl.

Foods like vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat dairy and lean protein foods

provide the nutrients you need without too many extra calories. Put them on your

shopping list so you have them in your pantry and refrigerator.

  • Make half your plate fruits and veggies

Choose the most colorful ones too – dark green, deep orange and red colored

fruits and vegetables are packed with health promoting vitamins, minerals and

phytonutrients such as carotenoids and flavonoids. 

  • Enjoy your food, but eat less

Try not to deprive yourself of the foods you love, just avoid oversized portions.

Use smaller plates, bowls and cups and keep a food journal to help you track how much you’re eating.

  • Remember that variety is the spice of life

No single food can supply all nutrients in the amounts you need.

For example, oranges provide vitamin C but no vitamin B12; cheese provides vitamin B12 but no vitamin C.

To make sure you get the nutrients you need, eat a variety of foods everyday.

  • Get some nutrition insurance

 If you’re like most people, there are plenty of days when “life” just gets in the way of

eating your very best. That’s why taking a daily comprehensive multivitamin/mineral supplement

makes good nutritional sense.

Visit the National Nutrition Month web site at http://www.eatright.org/nnm/ for more information,  

nutrition education resources and more.

To learn more about Dr. Jamie McManus and her choices for a healthier life, visit HERE.

These are great tips…some I am still learning.  The one I started doing this year

is to eat more veggies.  But the one I need to work on still is to think before I eat.  My choices are

not always the best!  I also take a multivitamin pack everyday.  I started this in August and have REALLY

noticed a difference in my energy plus, I was able to stop taking my allergy meds and I have NOT gotten sick

since then.  Totally worth it for me.

What about you?  What healthy steps are you taking this year?  Are you trying to eat better like me?

Got any tips or help for me? 

Looking forward to our next visit,

Claire

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