43 Days Left: Prepare Some Healthy Snacks

43 Days Left- Prepare Some Healthy SnacksDon’t get so hungry you get hungry. When the urge to snack strikes, be prepared with healthy snacks so you don’t go rogue and knock over a vending machine trying to score the last bag of peanut M&Ms. Keep fresh fruit on hand at all times and develop an arsenal of other go-to snacks like raw, unsalted nuts, homemade energy bars, and of course, Shakeology.

Here are some easy-to-prepare snacks that have less than 100 calories:

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30 Tasty Snacks That Are 100 Calories or Less

Eating healthy doesn’t need to be complicated or boring! Here are 30 easy-to-prepare snacks, each under 100 calories, that will keep your tastebuds happy.
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Yummy Buttery French Toast Style Pancakes but Low Carb!

kid-approved-low-carb-pancakesIf you are one of the ones that has been looking in my meal tracker (myfitnesspal) and wondering what the recipe is for this phenomenal low-carb (but still yummy) pancake, you are in luck! I have to say, I have been on the search for a long time for a pancake that I can eat without feeling sick afterward and this one fits the bill!! It even passed the kid test; their pancakes were buttered up and gone before I could get mine in the frying pan, or even bother to ask if they wanted any bacon or eggs! Yup. Kid-approved low carb pancakes! I did it, done it!! (If you get that reference, we need to be friends.)

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We Are on the Path to a Real-life ‘Wall-E’ World

“Monsanto would likely go bankrupt if everyone knew what they were truly eating.”

The ‘food’ we have been offered in the past decade or two is not the same food we were offered before. It is not real. It is ENGINEERED food. While I have great respect for engineers, I don’t feel my food should be engineered. We are turning our world into a real life version of “Wall-E”. I don’t want to be there, do you? EAT CLEAN, go organic where you can, choose local over factory farming and ranching. Look for fair-trade labels and SUPPORT them. Need more help with GOOD choices, ask me! While I’m still learning, I’m DEDICATED to not support genetically engineered food.
In response to: http://ow.ly/tKpsU

Are Banana’s the World’s ‘Perfect’ Food?

bananaBananas contain three natural sugars – sucrose, fructose and glucose combined with fiber. A banana gives an instant, sustained and substantial boost of energy. Research has proven that just two bananas provide enough energy for a strenuous 90-minute workout. No wonder the banana is the number one fruit with the world’s leading athletes.
But energy isn’t the only way a banana can help us keep fit. It can also help overcome or prevent a substantial number of illnesses and conditions, making it a must to add to our daily diet.

DEPRESSION
According to a recent survey undertaken by MIND amongst people suffering from depression, many felt much better after eating a banana. This is because bananas contain tryptophan, a type of protein that the body converts into serotonin, known to make you relax, improve your mood and generally make you feel happier.
PMS:
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Leeks – Oven Roasted or Stove Top

Leeks are an amazing vegetable that, regretfully I don’t purchase enough. Growing up, my German from Russia grandmother would frequently eat things like livers and leeks. Occasionally I thought it was good, but I think it was just too potent in the summertime here in Florida. My Grandma’s recipe was very simple, and though I cannot be CERTAIN that this is it, it was very similar.

  • a handful of Leeks, cleaned and cut lengthwise int quarters
  • a tablespoon or 2 in the bottom of your baking dish
  • herbs de provence to taste (I like it heavy, so about 1 tablespoon!)
  • pepper to taste
  • about 1/2 cup chicken or vegetable stock (low sodium) or water
  • salt to taste if using water, I omit if I use stock

leeksPreheat the oven to 400 degrees. While preheating, clean and cut your leeks. Place all the oil and seasonings into the baking dish and blend together with a wooden spoon or spatula. Add the leeks to the pan and … Continue reading

Splenda / Sucralose Unsafe Caution – May cause Leukemia

If SUCRALOSE or SPLENDA is in your food, please take a moment to further investigate this info!!

FY! folks, if you have been using Splenda or Sucralose as a substitute for sugar (or consume products that use it as a substitute) you may want to reconsider. According to this article, (as well as several others around the web) Sucralose/splenda has been downgraded from “safe” to “caution” for use in food since one study in Italy found that sucralose caused leukemia in mice. Essentially, this downgrade means that the additive Sucralose / Splenda “may pose a risk and needs to be better tested.”

Here’s a quote from the article: “While sucralose may turn out to be safer than other artificial sweeteners, “the forthcoming Italian study warrants careful scrutiny before we can be confident that the sweetener is safe for use in food,” said CSPI executive director Michael F. Jacobson.

The CSPI recommends people avoid the artificial sweeteners saccharin (Sweet ‘N Low), aspartame (NutraSweet and Equal), and acesulfame potassium (Sunett and Sweet One).”

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How Healthy is YOUR Coffee Habit?

Those of you that know me, know that I am dedicated to my coffee. In my effort to be healthier, to eat cleaner, and feel better I have stumbled upon a way to be healthy and feed my coffee AND chocolate addiction! The best part? It can easily double as my morning meal for convenience or when I need to get out the door quickly (or because I’m lazy and don’t feel like cooking 3 eggs, a handful of kale and a bit of salsa with a side of sweet potatoes)!

Healthy Coffee Habit

As a meal, it comes to 295 calories:

protein 29
carbs 35
fat 2
sugar 24
fiber 6

If I ditch the 1.5 cups of fat free milk and use water instead, the nutrition looks more like this:

160 calories
protein 17
carbs 17
fat 2
sugar 6
fiber 6

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Peanut Butter Protein Balls

These are THE BOMB! Use as pre-workout or to satisfy your PB craving, or to replace your addiction to protein bars with an all-natural, low sugar, homemade option. And kids love them too!

Recipe
Mix all ingredients in large bowl:
1⃣1 cup Just Great Stuff powdered PB (or PB2. Both avail at Amazon.com)
2⃣1/2 cup all-natural Peanut Butter
3⃣1/2 cup unsweetened apple sauce
4⃣6 packets Stevia
5⃣1 scoop superfood Vanilla Shakeology
6⃣1 cup dry oatmeal

Mix well. Form into golf-ball sized bites. Freeze for 1-2 hrs & keep frozen. When you want one, let it stand for 30 seconds to thaw a little Makes ~12-15. They’re ~80-100 calories each & ~8g protein.

Stop Being Counter-Productive!

fitness tip, fuel your body, process sugarDid you know that cinnamon naturally helps your body burn sugar? If you have a hard time converting sugar to fuel, or you need a little pre-workout pick-up without adding a sugary drink, take a couple of cinnamon capsules with some water. You might belch cinnamon, but it is far better than killing your workout efforts before they start with 12 oz or more of sugar!