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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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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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

Recipe:

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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.