It’s so easy to make your own dip by heating up some frozen spinach and adding it to low-fat sour cream and a package of ranch dressing mix. Want even more of a health boost? Try adding some frozen kale along with the spinach—it's packed with nutrients!
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Create your own yogurt parfaits—it's a family favorite. We use Greek Yogurt (which has more protein and less sugar than regular yogurt). Then I put out a few bowls of blueberries, strawberries, almonds and KIND Healthy Grains which come in 6 flavors and are gluten free, non-GMO, low glycemic index and have no trans fats. We “assembly line” as we go from bowl to bowl and create our favorite combinations! My personal favorite is plain, unsweetened Greek Yogurt, which I top with KIND Vanilla Blueberry Clusters with Flax Seeds. Then I add a few blueberries and almonds for extra protein and crunch-yum!
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The danger here is overdoing it on the nut butter, so grab some snack-sized on-the-go peanut butter or almond butter packets. This makes it portion-friendly and perfect for your busy lifestyle. This is so simple if you’re taking your kids to games or practices and want to feed them something healthy and extremely portable. It’s also a healthy and filling snack when the kids get home from school, when you need a late afternoon energy boost or when you’re looking for something sweet, filling and crunchy.
Yes, when I see them already sliced and packaged I buy them that way. Maybe it’s a little more expensive but you’ll save time slicing and they’ll be readily available when hunger strikes.
While smoothies can be great for you, sometimes it can get complicated if you need to have many ingredients on hand. Here’s a really simple solution and what you’ll need:
If the unsweetened almond or coconut milk has been refrigerated, you don’t even need ice. Simply add the shake mix to the milk, snap the lid shut, shake and go!
Raw (unsalted) nuts are packed with protein and healthy fats. They keep us filled and fueled and different types of nuts provide different nutrients so variety is great. For example, Brazil nuts are an excellent source of phosphorus and magnesium which helps maintain healthy bones, teeth and energy metabolism. Walnuts can help improve heart health and brain function while reducing risk for certain cancers and diabetes. Among many other benefits, almonds are a great source of fiber and Vitamin E. Keep servings to a small snack sized baggie.
Slice a Beefsteak tomato and a few very thin slices of mozzarella cheese, alternating slices of tomato and mozzarella so it’s in a colorful stack. Drizzle with balsamic vinaigrette for a sweet, tangy, filling and colorful treat (you’ll feel like you’re at a fancy restaurant and it’s so easy!) You can also sprinkle on a little basil too. Delicious!
They come in a variety of flavors and are super healthy. They’re a great source of Vitamin E, which is anti-inflammatory and helps protect against free radical damage. Sunflower seeds also contain selenium which has been shown to reduce the risk of prostate, colon and bladder cancer. In addition, they contain magnesium which can reduce the incidence of migraines as well as tryptophan which helps produce serotonin-the neurotransmitter that gives us a sense of calm. If that weren’t enough, sunflower seeds keep our hands busy and give us something to do which is helpful as a first step for those of us who eat mindlessly!
So often we think we’re hungry and in fact, we’re thirsty. If you want to boost your fluid intake and don’t drink enough water here’s another simple and healthy solution. Instead of adding drink mixes loaded with sugar or artificial sweeteners, squeeze some lemon juice or liquid green tea mix into fresh, filtered water. Add some liquid stevia to sweeten (available online or at your local health food store), mix and enjoy!