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How's your "snack life"?
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ARE YOU A SNACKER?
There’s no denying that everyone, at one time or another, has had a snack attack. Views on snacking differ. Some feel that snacking is bad and that eating between meals leads to weight gain. Others believe that eating many small meals and snacks throughout the day is healthy for maintaining energy levels and optimal weight. If there were one way of snacking that was right for everyone, we would all be doing it!
To alleviate snack attack guilt, try to understand why you are snacking and what snacks work best for your body. Perhaps you snack because your daily diet is missing nutrition, or because you are eating too little at meals. You might be snacking to soothe jangled nerves when you are emotional, or to entertain yourself when you are bored. Whatever your reason, acknowledge it and start thinking about how to create a life that is nourishing and truly satisfying. Although snacks are no substitute for loving your life, they can be great energy boosters. Many convenient snack foods are highly processed and full of chemicals, additives, damaging fats and refined sugars. When a snack attack hits you, try foods that are filling and satisfying, but also nutritious. Here are some tips:
· Snack on things that don’t come in a plastic wrapper or a box, like fresh fruit, vegetables or fruit with cashew or almond butter.
· Make your own signature trail mix, a delicious smoothie or vegetable juice, try guacamole dip and vegetables.
You can also try “upgrading”:
· If you are craving something crunchy, upgrade from potato chips to raw carrots, apples or firm grapes.
· If you are craving a candy bar, upgrade to a handful of nuts and dried fruit.
· Instead of a cup of coffee, upgrade to green tea.
· Instead of ice cream, upgrade to applesauce with cinnamon made in the Vitamix.
Upgraded snacks are high in nutrition and give you a greater sense of satiety and satisfaction; you won’t feel physically or psychologically deprived, and you’ll have plenty of energy to sustain your activities for hours. Snacking is enjoyable and there is a wide variety of healthful goodies for whatever you’re craving, be it sweet, crunchy, salty, creamy or spicy. Dive in, be creative and enjoy your snack attack. Learn more about why you crave what you crave by scheduling a Health Breakthrough Consultation with me.
Healthy Tip: Fruit
A healthy lifestyle is the key to longevity, optimum weight, abundant energy and balance. By using fruit to satisfy our taste for sweetness, we can leave behind the use of chemical, processed and refined sweeteners. Fruits are easy to digest, are cleansing and cooling and are great for those who are overstressed and overheated from excessive mental strain or hot climates. Fruits are filled with fiber and liver stimulants, which act as natural, gentle laxatives. Whenever possible, buy fresh, locally grown fruit as opposed to imported fruits shipped fromfar-off places. This keeps you eating in season, and more in harmony with your environment and climate.
Eating raw fruit in summer months is highly cooling, while baking it in the winter months neutralizes the cooling effect. Fruit in the form of juice is a great choice for cleansing the body, but be aware that juice made in extracting juicers (removing pulp) rapidly raises blood sugar levels, leading to an energy crash soon after. Frozen, whole, puréed or juiced fruit made in a Vitamix with ALL of the FIBER helps maintain normal blood sugar and can make great summertime cool-down treats. Try frozen grapes, banana-coconut smoothie popsicles or lime juice ice-cubes in iced tea! Whether you are having fresh fruit for a light early morning breakfast, a midday snack or evening treat, enjoy nature's sweetness and whenever possible buy organic. Here are a few summer fruits and their health benefits:
Apricots: Great for lung conditions and asthma; used to help treat anemia due to their high copper and cobalt content.
Bananas: Help to lubricate the intestines, treat ulcers, detoxify the body and manage sugar cravings; are rich in potassium (which helps hypertension).
Cherries: Slightly warming in nature; increase overall body energy, remedy arthritis and rheumatism and are rich in iron, which improves the blood.
Grapefruits: Treat poor digestion, increase appetite during pregnancy, alleviate intestinal gas and reduce
mucus conditions of the lungs.
Papayas: Tone the stomach, act as digestive aid, moisten the lungs and alleviate coughing; contain carpaine, an anti-tumor compound.
Raspberries: Benefit the liver and kidneys, cleanse blood of toxins, regulate menstrual cycles, treat anemia and can promote labor at childbirth.
Recipe of the Month: Fruit Nut Smoothie
Prep time: 5 minutes
Yield: 2 servings
1 cup water
1 cup berries
1 cup frozen pineapple
1/2 cup almonds
1 cup ice cubes
1. Mix in Vitamix until smooth, enjoy!
Note: Don't have a Vitamix, Call ME! You need one in your life! You can add other ingredients for added nutrition such as a spoonful of bee pollen, coconut oil, flax seed
oil, spirulina powder or a scoop of protein powder.