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My Favorite Healthy Snacks

Wednesday, August 22, 2018


Healthy eating can be majorly misunderstood. Often times, it can be a struggle just to get your kids to eat a carrot at dinnertime, but incorporating healthy foods into your diet comes with so many benefits especially if you get your kids started early in life. I can't begin to tell you how precious our bodies are, and we need to treat ourselves right. When it comes to snacking, you may be tempted to give your kids a bag of chips or a handful of sugary fruit snacks, but I'm here to give you some healthy alternatives that they'll never suspect are super good for you. Here are my favorite healthy snacks.

Smoothies

One of my favorite tricks to get my kiddos to eat vegetables is Dr. Cowans’ powdered vegetables. Dr. Cowan is a longtime holistic physician, living and practicing in San Francisco, who specializes in helping people heal through diet and natural medicines. My kiddos never taste them and I have peace of mind that they are getting the vegetables they need each day. Here is our favorite recipe:

  • 1 cup coconut milk

  • 1 tbsp Dr. Cowan’s vegetables

  • 1 scoop chocolate organic pea protein

  • 1 banana

  • Handful of strawberries

  • Blend into yumminess!

Almonds

Almonds are jam-packed with high-quality protein, and are a perfect afternoon pick-me-up. They're a good source of vitamin E and also contain antioxidants, which can aid in preventing cardiovascular disease. When it comes to the perfect snack, almonds are one of my faves. Now, keep in mind that they tend to be on the high side when it comes to calories, so be mindful of the serving size. A handful certainly goes a long way in curbing cravings and satisfying hunger. One of my favorite nut snacks to buy at the store is Bubba’s Fine Food Savory & Crunchy Righteous Ranch snack mix.

Sliced Cucumbers


I can't get enough of this crisp, light treat! Eat them plain, sprinkle lightly with salt or top them with hummus or a quality cheese to add more flavor to this super delicious treat. Cucumbers have many benefits, including:

  • Supporting a healthy heart

  • Helping to stay hydrated

  • Reducing inflammation

  • Improving skin tone and complexion

These treats are packed with helpful nutrients and not only taste amazing, but are so good for you. They're an easy, quick snack for when you're on the move also!

Popcorn

Did you know that popcorn is the only snack that is 100% whole grain? This super grain is rich in fiber and contains many antioxidants. This can be a really satisfying and healthy snack, but beware of your toppings. Buttery concoctions are not what I mean when I consider popcorn a healthy snack. Steer clear of that and try sprinkling some sea salt, cinnamon or parmesan cheese on top...less is more with this healthy snack. Our favorite popcorn is our house is Skinny Pop. Anyone else have an addiction to skinny popcorn?

Apple Slices with Nut Butter

Surely you've heard the phrase “An apple a day keeps the doctor away” and I'm here to say that apples are rich in fiber, antioxidants and essential nutrients. This powerhouse fruit is an important source of dietary fiber and helps to reduce the risk of developing certain health problems, such as cancer, hypertension and heart disease. Try your apple slices with a little bit of almond or peanut butter on top for a snack that's packed with protein. Plus, since apples are broken down slowly by the digestive system, you'll feel fuller longer, and have more energy to power through the rest of your day. Speaking of nut butters, Trader Joe's has the BEST sunflower butter. I can send it with the girls to school because it is not a nut, it is considered a seed.

Cottage Cheese

Topped with fruit or a vegetable, like delicious bell peppers, this snack is sure to make you smile. Rich in protein and calcium, cottage cheese is a go-to snack when I need something fast and satisfying. Plus, it's packed with important nutrients, which aid in overall good health.

Healthy Snacking

These snacks have become staples in my house. Not only are they delicious, they have so many health benefits. So, the next time your kids are going for a sugary snack, try some of these ideas. You'll be glad you ditched the pre-packaged stuff for the real deal.

Healthy Kids: How to Keep 'em Moving in the Summer

Friday, June 29, 2018

Summertime is here! Personally, there's nothing better than being able to spend more time with my family, enjoying the beautiful weather, long, sunny days and the (slightly) slower pace. I always have an amazing time, seeing my kids learning and growing, and I can't stress enough the importance of staying active all year round. During the school year, kids get their daily activity, but when school lets out, it can be challenging to keep them active during the lazy summer months. Here are my top tips on how to keep our healthy kids moving in the summer.

Healthy = Happy :)

Active kids seem to be happier and healthier than kids who sit around all day. Why? Activity helps kids maintain their appropriate weight and also helps with bone and muscle growth. In addition, keeping our kids moving gives them the chance to perfect a skill or learn a new one. Activity helps to develop them as individuals. It's recommended that healthy kids get about an hour of physical activity each and every day, so what are some activities that you can get your kids involved in? Let me share some ideas with you!

Enroll Kids in Summer Programs

Camps and learning enrichment programs are perfect for keeping our kids active. These programs not only keep your kids learning new things, they also incorporate physical activities that are fun and helpful for them. Our kids have the chance to learn new skills, participate in different activities and make new friends. Summer camps are easy to find at places, like:

  • Churches

  • Schools

  • Community centers

  • Museums

  • Parks

  • Gyms

Ask around or take a look at your child's school website to see what's offered if you're unsure, and sit your child down to talk about what they'd like to learn more about. By letting them help with the decision-making, they'll be more likely to get the most out of their summer camp experience.

Work Out Together

If you're like me, you know how beneficial getting a good workout in can be, and for good reason! I love the way it clears my head and keeps me fit enough to get through some of those tough home renovations. Even if you're not too experienced with exercise, it's the best time to learn together. Take your kids to a Zumba class or keep it simple with a nice, brisk walk around the neighborhood. Take advantage of your community gym, if you have one, or take your kids to the local park. There are a ton of different options to get our kids up and moving.

Home Improvement Activities

Summer is the perfect time to spruce up the home. Whether you're looking to refresh the paint in the living room or add a garden to the backyard, get your kids involved. My kids love helping me run errands when I'm working on a client's home. They get the chance to see what I do and help me make some design decisions. Ask them for their input and they'll feel more involved with the process.

Let's Get Moving Together!

Our little ones are only young once, and it's going by in a blink of an eye, isn't it? Making sure they're staying happy and healthy is a habit worth keeping. Keep watching my Let's Get Moving program for great opportunities to get active with your kiddos...and for a good cause. Have an amazing summer, everyone!


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