How to Stay on Track While Working

For many people, it is hard to stay on track at work or while working. I have actually been experiencing the opposite — I stay on track really well during the week and while at work and tend to indulge here and there on the weekends. The absolutely biggest key to staying on track is being prepared. If you are prepared, you are golden. To prepare well, you need to know your body and your habits, then plan accordingly. Knowing myself and planning accordingly, this is how I prepare for the week ahead:

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I’m fortunate enough to not have to do a full food shop right now, but I still try to get to the store so I can buy my own necessities, especially ones for work. This is just a snapshot of a few of my staples:

  • organic oats or granola — I like Nature’s Promise Organic Oats or Organic Quick Cooking Steel Cut Oats and Ola Granola (found at Stop and Shop)
  • organic coconut palm sugar — for oatmeal, coffee and other sweetening
  • unsweetened almond milk or coconut milk — I like Silk and So Delicious brands because there is no carrageenan. I use this for coffee at the office.
  • greek yogurt — I’ve been getting Chobani 100 recently because it’s all natural and only has 7 g of sugar; that’s half the sugar of other greek yogurts, unless they are plain. I’m not really a fan of the plain, so I consider this to be pretty good! I have these as a snack or part of my lunch.
  • fruit — for snacking or to pair with lunch
  • organic gluten-free superfood crackers — I am LOVING Mary’s Gone Super Seed Crackers. I usually have a few with lunch.
  • organic bars — Also loving Pure Organic bars (banana coconut and chocolate brownie). I have these on hand for when I need a snack between breakfast and lunch.

Other great staples:

  • organic baby spinach — for salads and smoothies
  • organic dark chocolate — for a delicious treat that’s also nutritious. I LOVE this organic, nonGMO, fair-trade and soy-free THEO dark chocolate made with coconut!

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  • nut butter — this vegan Earth Balance Coconut Peanut Butter is amazing. It has no sugar and is made with coconut oil. I like to either have some with my Mary’s Gone Crackers or have a little scoop before I head home to workout.

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  • nuts — it’s always good to have these on hand. I usually go with roasted unsalted almonds but am now trying a cashew pistachio almond mix from Back to Nature — made with these 3 nuts and sea salt.

I like to pack a salad for lunch and aim to have some meat with it, like chicken or a turkey burger. But when I eat breakfast at 5 am and eat dinner at 6:30 pm, a simple salad at 11:30 am is just not enough. And that’s okay. So I aim to have a source of protein around 9 am, when I start to get a little hungry (a yogurt, a bar or some nuts), and I have some crackers and fruit or a yogurt with lunch, depending on what I had for a snack. I have a pretty big lunch, but I need that to get me through the rest of my day.

I then try to have a little something before I workout since I don’t get home til about 4:30 pm. This could either be a scoop of peanut butter, a handful of nuts, a banana with peanut butter or simply a piece of fruit if I am doing something light like going for a bike ride or taking a walk. Fueling up before a workout helps your body prepare for the workout ahead and can actually lead to burning more calories during and after your workout. It also helps me from being ravenous by the time I eat dinner.

We cannot be afraid to eat or underestimate the power of our food — our bodies need nourishment from good food.

I dedicate 12 hours a day to work alone between commuting and being at the office. Adding in a workout and anything else that comes up in the evening adds up to a long day! But I’ve adjusted quickly and amazingly. I go to sleep early, eat smart and workout regularly; all of which have helped me tremendously. I could not do this if I did not take the time to plan. Sure, sometimes I don’t want to prepare my lunch the night before, make my breakfast or stop at the store after a full day’s work, but I do it because I know the next day I am going to say to myself, “Thank goodness I went to the store,” when I get hungry at work or “I am so happy my breakfast and lunch are already made,” when I’m getting into my car at 4:50 am.

Planning will make or break you. You either suck it up and do it or wish you had later on. Which would you prefer? And when you get hungry at your desk, it’s nice to know you have this waiting for you in your drawer /in the refrigerator:

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I hope this encourages you to prepare and choose wisely!

Good food, good tips, good moves, good for you

xo Kim, Running on Good

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How to Recover from Vacation the Healthy Way

Recovering from vacation the healthy way.


We often return from vacations, weekends away or long holiday weekends feeling like we need to turn up our healthy habits and recover from the weekend damage. The 4th of July is just around the corner so it’s the perfect time to be discussing this. I also just returned from vacation and implemented these methods to bounce back to my pre-vacation self.

In order to bounce back, you do not need to go to any extremes. That means no skipping meals, no 3 hour workouts, nothing like that. All you need to do is get back to your regular routine and stick to this guide: 

1. Workout hard. I don’t mean go crazy or do something you aren’t trained for. I simply mean work your hardest. Do not half-ass it. I’ve recently been working out for 1 hour, going hard for probably 45 minutes and using the remaining 15 minutes for my in-between rests and stretching at the end of my workout. Intensity is more important than duration and will give you better results faster. HIIT workouts are a great way to do this. I will provide more details about my workout below.

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2. Eat 3 meals a day. Eat a nutritious and satisfying breakfast, lunch and dinner. Shy away from snacking. I will outline what my meals are typically like below.

3. Snack with a juice. I lied a little bit. You can snack and you should snack. But only on one thing — green juice. It can be fresh or an organic cold-pressed juice like SUJA, Evolution Fresh, Blue Print or something else like that. But make it organic and cold-pressed. Also look for a juice with greens and lemon. Wheatgrass and ginger are good things to look for too. IMG_3444   IMG_3718IMG_4138

If you do this for 3 days, you can do a green juice on your first and third day and another kind of vegetable juice on your second day. Something like beet or carrot with apple is a great choice. (click images to enlarge)

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4. Drink lots and lots of water. Drink. Drink. Drink. Try to drink half your body weight in water. So if you weigh 130 pounds, I want you to drink 65 ounces of water throughout the day. It also helps do drink a full glass of water first thing in the morning upon rising, before each meal and before bed. This helps with digestion and is really good for your internal organs.

5. Add lemon and/or mint to your water. I prefer to drink plain water when I first wake up, before I eat and before bed. My other water, throughout the day, typically has some mint leaves or lemon slices and mint leaves. Both are great for cleansing the body, fighting off cravings, healthy digestion, detoxifying and work as natural diuretics.

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6. Sleep and be patient. Try to get 8 hours of sleep each night and just be patient. Your body needs time to get back to its “normal.” It will take a few days, maybe 3-4. You can follow this guide for as many days as you like. You can even use it as a guide for weight loss.


In more detail…

The workout: I typically start my workouts with some form of cardio. I do this because I enjoy it and it makes me feel good. If you hate cardio, make sure you at least warm up with a brisk 5 minute walk, some jumping jacks, some squats and a side-to-side step with a punch. You want to move and target as much of your whole body as you can to lubricate the muscles.

My cardio is usually running, but I injured my heel a few weeks ago and cannot run. Therefore, I’ve been biking for cardio. I go on the spin bike and bike for 20-30 minutes depending on the day. I do intervals of moderate to high intensity. I’ve typically been doing 20 minutes because my HIIT and strength training circuits are pretty tough and I want to reserve some good energy.

My circuit or HIIT session for the day is one of the following: (I rotate and sometimes mix it up)

  1. Either the leg, arm or ab workout from Kayla Itsines’ free workout guide. You can download it from her website — go to download now.
  2. The drill pictured above from SWEAT Fitness. I do it twice through along with the following drill.
  3. A 2 move drill of squats and squat thrusts. You will do a decreasing count of the two moves in circuit form. If you workout regularly, I’d say you can start with a count of 15 and do another 5 or 10 if you complete it and feel you can do more. Better to be safe than sorry! Okay, so you do 15 squats (weighted or not) followed by 15 squat thrusts, 14 squats followed by 14 squat thrusts, 13 squats followed by 13 squat thrusts… until you get to 0. Make sense? Do it and do not stop until you get to 0.

The meals: If you have a healthy routine, get back to it. If you need some guidance, this is what I usually do for breakfast, lunch and dinner:

  • Breakfast: Superfood Protein Oats — cook oats with egg whites, 1 tsp coconut or coconut palm sugar, 1 tbs Nutribullet SuperFood SuperBoost mix (chia, goji, cacao, maca), 1 tbs organic almond butter or peanut butter, 1-2 tsp ground flaxseed or wheat germ and 1 diced banana. To make the oats with egg whites: cook your oats for close to 2 minutes, whisk in 1 egg white or 1/4 c egg whites and cook for another minute.
  • Lunch: Big Green Smoothie — spinach, fruit (usually 4-5 whole strawberries, frozen mixed berries, frozen peach slices and/or cantaloupe — just mix up what you want), 2 tbs hemp protein or 1 scoop of your favorite protein, 1 tbs Nutribullet SuperFood SuperGreens, 1 tbs Nutribullet SuperFood SuperBoost or Fat Burning Boost or Energy Boost, coconut water and unsweetened almond milk.
  • Dinner: Salad with Veggies and Chicken — I like to make a big salad loaded with organic romaine lettuce, organic carrots, organic tomato, organic cucumber and top it off with some almonds and organic raisins. This has been my favorite way of making my salad as of late. I love the tiny bit of sweetness that the raisins add. I get Earthbound Farm organic raisins and use 1/2 a box per salad. If you don’t like raisins, you can simply slice and toss in some grapes. Pineapple is also a nice addition. But choose 1 fruit, no more. I also use 1 whole heart of romaine, so this is a big salad. I then dress my salad with some organic extra virgin olive oil and organic balsamic vinegar. Yum!

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  • If you need more — Like I said above, I suggest you have a juice somewhere in your day. I typically have mine somewhere between lunch and dinner. If you need some more sustenance, that’s perfectly fine. Here are some things you can have with your juice to hold you over until dinner:

1. Raw Revolution Bar — they sell full size and minis! Perfect. I love Spirulina Dream.

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2. Two Mom’s in the Raw Granola Bar — only have 1/2

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3. Quest Bar — choose a flavor without sucralose! My favorites are chocolate peanut butter and double chocolate chunk. If you like Quest bars, have 1/2 alongside your smoothie and the other 1/2 alongside your juice.

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4. A small handful of nuts and/or seeds — whatever you like but make sure there are no added oils. You simply want the nut or seed. That’s it. These are my favorites:

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With this you should be good. Stick to your workouts, healthy eating and water drinking for 3-4 days and you should bounce back to normal pretty fast! And remember to take rest days with your workouts. After 3-4 days, take a rest day. Your body needs to recover. Rest by walking, taking a yoga class or just spending the day out and moving around gently. Recovery without any extremes… that’s the way to do it!

Good food. Good tips. Good moves. Good for you.

xo Kim, Running on Good

 

 

Kale Chips Recipe

This is the best and easiest kale chips recipe, ever!

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Kale chips are so easy to make and really delicious. Kale chips are a great snack and loaded with vitamins and essential healthy fats. I’m hypothyroid and not supposed to have raw kale, so kale chips are the perfect way for me to eat kale! Here’s how you make ’em:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F
  2. Remove the stems from your kale leaves and break the leaves into however many pieces you want — not too small though, they will shrink in the oven
  3. Take all your pieces and put them into a ziplock bag
  4. Lightly grease a baking sheet with coconut oil
  5. Add a little bit of salt, I like Real Salt, and organic extra virgin olive oil into the bag
  6. Shake the bag very well so everything gets a nice coat
  7. Spread the kale leaves on the baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes

This is what my kale looked like before I put it in the oven:

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And this is after:

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See how they shrink? It’s okay to have some big pieces. I kind of had pieces of various sizes to mix it up. I recommend doing a pinch of salt and 1 tbsp of olive oil if you make a batch that covers the whole pan, like I did. I used a little too much salt but they were still sooo good, especially if you’re a salty snacker.

That’s it! Easy, quick and delicious. These will curb any salty snack craving in a seriously satisfying way. Prep, cook and clean up should take you a total of 15-20 minutes. Not bad! Try ’em out and let me know what you think.

Good food. Good tips. Good moves. Good for you.

xo Kim, Running on Good

Beat the Heat! 3 Simple Recipes

Finally, it feels like summer is on its way! It’s been pretty hot here in New York and my body can feel it. Our bodies know the different foods we need in different seasons — warm filling foods in colder times and light refreshing foods in warmer times. Right now fruit is about the most appetizing thing to me. Fruit is water dense, light, refreshing and delicious — the perfect summer food.

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So I have 3 delicious ways for you to beat the heat, two of which include fruit.

1. Watermelon-Strawberry Refresher

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Ingredients:

  • Frozen watermelon chunks
  • Fresh strawberries
  • Unsweetened almond milk or pure coconut water

What to do: simply blend all 3 ingredients together in your Nutribullet or favorite blender. I made this one with almond milk, but if you’re having it mainly as a beverage and are going to enjoy it outside, coconut water may be the more refreshing option. If you need it to be a little more filling, then opt for the almond milk.

2. Frozen Banana Slices

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Ingredients:

  • 1 sliced medium-large banana

What to do: simply slice and freeze! Let freeze for a few hours, serve in a cup and enjoy.

This is possibly the easiest and most delicious treat there is. And it’s hardly a “treat.” It’s just banana for crying out loud. But it tastes like banana ice cream. Remember Dippin’ Dots? Are those still around? Well, you no longer need them. These banana slices are like slices of banana flavored Dippin’ Dot ice cream. Except they are good for you and you know exactly what’s in them — good ol’ banana.

3. Iced Coffee — organic all around and no sugar!

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A girl who loves iced coffee, such a shocker right? I know coffee is kind of a hot button issue… to drink it or not to drink it? Well, I decide to drink it. I typically have one or two a day, and I drink tons of water so it doesn’t bother me.

How do I take my coffee? I take it all around organic, meaning organic coffee and organic full-fat half & half, with a teensy tiny bit of stevia. That’s ideal and how I like to make it at home. I can’t always get it like that, but I don’t freak out about it. If I’m going to freak out, I’d rather not have it. Save me the stress. If it’s not gonna stress me out on a particular day, I’ll take it the best way I can at the present moment.

Ways to make your iced coffee healthy and guilt free:

  • Opt for and brew organic fair-trade coffee
  • Use a little bit of stevia to sweeten it, if you must (but be sure to check your stevia, I like Sweet Leaf)
  • Make it creamy with: organic full-fat half & half, organic whole milk or unsweetened almond milk with no carrageenan (I like Silk. It’s also non-GMO). You could also choose another non-dairy milk, but I really recommend you get one without carrageenan. Read those labels!

Don’t know what carrageenan is and what to read more about it? Here is an article with everything you need to know about carrageenan by Kimberly Snyder. Again, it’s something people take a side on. I choose to avoid it. It’s not that difficult to avoid, and I feel better doing so. Read up on it. You are then free to make your own choice.

As the season goes on and we actually enter summer, I hope to bring you more meals that are ideal for the warm weather. Here’s to hoping that creative chef’s hat finds its way onto my head so I can deliver. In the meantime, embrace fresh fruit, fresh or cold-pressed organic juices, green smoothies, fresh or grilled veggies and these 3 cool treats. You should be refreshed and satisfied. Now get out and enjoy the weather, we’ve all earned it after that horrific winter. 🙂

Good food. Good tips. Good moves. Good for you.

xo Kim, Running on Good

Hemp Protein Smoothies — Chocolate and Pistachio

Hey everyone! Lately, I’ve been using hemp protein and hemp seeds as a way of getting protein into my smoothies. I use Nutiva products, and you can find all their products on their site and many in stores. I love both their hemp protein and hemp seeds, so I mix it up between the two. Here are two smoothies I’ve recently made using both forms of hemp.

Hemp Protein Smoothies:

1. Dreamy Chocolate Hemp Protein Smoothie

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  • 1 handful of organic spinach
  • 1 c organic frozen strawberries (strawberries are delicious with cacao!)
  • 1 c organic milk
  • 1/2 c filtered water
  • 1 tbs organic cacao powder
  • 2 tbs Hemp Protein Shake (I used vanilla but either flavor would work)
  • 1 tsp organic maca powder
  • 1 tsp matcha powder (can omit)
  • a touch of organic stevia

Blend and enjoy!

2. Pistachio Green Smoothie — I’m in looove with this one! 🙂

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  • 1 handful organic spinach
  • frozen organic peach slices, a large handful
  • 1/2 organic zucchini, chopped
  • organic whole milk (I didn’t measure — probably 1 cup)
  • filtered water (about 1/2 c)
  • 1 tbs organic golden ground flaxseed
  • 1 heaping tbs organic Hempseeds
  • 1 tsp organic maca powder
  • 1 tsp matcha powder
  • 1 handful of shelled pistachios

Blend and enjoy! You can also add a little banana or organic stevia to sweeten this up a bit, but I really wanted that pistachio flavor. So delicious. 🙂

Hemp Protein Smoothie benefits:

I am loving hemp. It is a great source of protein, fiber, essential amino acids, and omega fatty acids — that have heart health and anti-inflammatory benefits. I really enjoy having the bag of seeds because they are so versatile. You can blend them in smoothies, add them to yogurt or oats, or sprinkle them on top of an avocado and dig in! So many possibilities. I like to also mix them with Purely Elizabeth granola + organic milk or yogurt. yummm 🙂 Purely amazing.

Quick Eating Tip: Enjoy hempseeds in a smoothie, yogurt, or one of the other ways mentioned above ^ as a healthy snack to keep you nourished and satisfied til your next meal. They do need to be refrigerated, but if you have a busy day ahead of you, pack some into a small container and take them with you. While you are out and about, grab a reliable yogurt or ask for an avocado at a restaurant and pair with your hempseeds for a meal/snack that will thoroughly nourish your busy body. 

Bonus: The Dreamy Chocolate smoothie has twice the benefits because of the hemp and cacao combo! Double superfood power. Cacao has an extremely high amount of antioxidants and is rich in minerals, so don’t be afraid to make cacao a staple in your diet. It will do you and your body good! 

Good food. Good tips. Good moves. Good for you.

xo Kim, Running on Good

If you enjoyed this post, you may enjoy the following post by my blogging friend, Ribas with Love: Superfood Cacao

Snack Attack! Part One: Out and About

Welcome to a two part series that I’m calling, ‘SNACK ATTACK!’ We’ve all been there… you’re out running errands, shopping, shuffling between classes or meetings, doing whatever it is that needs to get done that day and BAM–a snack attack! You’re hungry, you have no food with you (sometimes it’s smart to carry a snack in your bag), and you need to eat before you get too hungry. Nobody wants to end up in that starvation state where you’d eat anything and everything — that is just a recipe for disaster, and we’ve all been there too. So let’s avoid that.

I’m going to classify the solution to these snack attacks in two different ways: (1) Out and About — snacks you can find WHILE you are out running about town and (2) Home Solutions — snacks you can prepare and eat at home OR prepare at home and take with you. Some of these will have a little bit of overlap, but that’s good! Versatility makes our lives easier. So let’s get started!

Out and About: snacks you can find in stores/at shops and trust!

1) The classic food + coffee combo:

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Sometimes we just need a little coffee or tea. I’m all for coffee and tea, just never too much. I go with a cup or two a day, no more. Caffeine-free herbal tea is the exception, of course. Starbucks is actually a great place to get a snack. They have quite a few options that are pretty smart choices, so never fear walking into a Starbucks — just have your self control in check and your eyes on the labels. I like to go for a blonde roast coffee or herbal tea and a KIND bar. KIND bars are awesome on so many levels: they are all natural, nonGMO, gluten and soy free, delicious, and filled with healthy fats that will keep you satisfied. Take a peak at the label and yes, you’ll see there’s a decent amount of fat, but it’s healthy fat! And when you are having a snack to satisfy hunger, you need that fat. Eating healthy fat = feeling satisfied. Some KIND bars also have a decent amount of protein and very low sugar count — score. Look for the bars labeled +PROTEIN or ONLY 5g SUGAR.

On the coffee end… go black or with a splash of milk  (not ideal but a splash won’t kill you) and NO artificial sweeteners. I use organic whole milk at home and when it’s available, but when I’m out I’ll go for skim because the milk is probably not organic and will therefore contain some toxins — toxins are stored in the fat. Therefore, I get skim which = no fat & less toxins. Sugar isn’t ideal either. If you can go without sweeteners, then do it. Otherwise, try to have some organic stevia on hand so you can sprinkle some in if you need. Don’t let those colorful packets tempt you. And that “[stuff] in the Raw” is not so raw. Don’t buy it.

2) Keeping the healthy fat train rolling…

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^ More healthy fats to keep you satisfied — nuts and seeds! (Fun fact: Brazil nuts and Hazel nuts are actually seeds) Whether you have a peanut or nut allergy or neither, you can make this work! There are many varieties to choose from. If you are allergic to peanuts and/or nuts, look for seeds and check to see if they were made in a nut-free facility. Look for whole natural and/or organic nuts and seeds with NO additives. That means no added oils or other ingredients. I like to go with either raw, roasted unsalted, or roasted with sea salt. I mix it up. But never anything with tons of salt and/or extra oils. Just read the label and make sure that what you see is what you get. For instance: (1) A bag of cashews, ingredients = raw cashews; (2) A bag of almonds, ingredients = raw or roasted almonds; (3) A bag of shelled pistachios [a favorite of mine], ingredients = pistachios and salt. As for seeds, I love sunflower and pumpkin.

3)  A sweet treat that won’t leave you basking in guilt: Emmy’s Macaroons

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These macaroons are delicious and sweet! They are sure to satisfy ANY sweet tooth or craving. They are made with quality ingredients, are nonGMO, vegan, raw, and gluten free. You can find them in so many stores! I found these in my local health market, Mrs. Green’s. Other flavors include, but are not limited to, dark cacao, lemon ginger, and mint chip. Another great thing? This WHOLE package–yes that means THREE macaroons–is only 180 calories. I was reading the labels of the others and believe the cacao package is only 150 calories for the whole thing! Figure friendly, delicious, and wholesome. Heaven in a little bag. So even when you’re treating yourself, it is so easy to keep your body running on good while satisfying that sweet tooth.

4) A granola bar that actually satisfies you, made with the BEST ingredients.

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These granola bars have been a lifesaver for me over the past few months since I discovered them. Introducing, Lola Granola! About the ingredients:

  • Gluten, dairy, soy and GMO free
  • All natural fiber, protein, and OMEGA 3s
  • Low in sodium
  • Locally sourced ingredients
  • Made with 8 main ingredients in their most natural form + some dried fruit and nuts, depending on the flavor
  • NO artificial sweeteners, added colors, high fructose corn syrup, canola or soybean oil
  • Over 50% organic

These bars are just plain awesome. When I’m home, I like to toast them in the toaster and top with nut butter + cinnamon. Delicious.

5) Real granola… pure and simple — Purely Elizabeth

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This is hands down the BEST tasting granola I have ever had. And it is made with the BEST ingredients — probably why it tastes so amazing. On the website you can purchase: (view and shop here)

  1. Ancient Grain Oatmeal + Hot Cereal
  2. Ancient Grain Granola
  3. Cookie Mixes
  4. Pancake Mix
  5. Ancient Granola Minis (great for stocking in your bag!)
  6. Gift Samplers — great idea for a foodie!

About the ingredients:

  • All natural foods made with ancient grains + superfood seeds
  • Free of refined sugar (uses organic coconut palm sugar — low glycemic index!)
  • Certified gluten free, vegan, organic and non-GMO verified
  • NO artificial flavors, colors, sweeteners, preservatives or GMOs

Seriously, Pure Elizabeth products are downright delicious. Samplers are available online for $30-40! Very affordable.

6) Bars and Bites: Power Snacks and Raw Revolution Bars

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These Power Snacks by Navitas Naturals are soo good and so easy. You can grab a bag, have a few, and save the rest. They are organic, loaded with superfoods, and come in these flavors: blueberry hemp, cacao goji, citrus chia, coffee cacao, and lemon goldenberry.

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Raw Revolutions bars are also awesome and delicious. They are organic, non-GMO, vegan, gluten free, dairy free and kosher. They have tons of flavors that include: chocolate coconut bliss, almond butter cup, cherry chocolate chunk, spirulina dream, heavenly hazelnut chocolate, golden cashew — some of my faves — and more! They are also available in mini and full size, which is really convenient.

7) Juices and Smoothies: find a local health cafe!

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Local health cafes that provide fresh smoothies and juices are one of the best things to take advantage of. I love going to my local health cafe and grabbing a green smoothie or a juice when I’m on the go.

You may also find additional treats there like salads, soups, yogurt + granola, and healthy baked goods like this $2 Banana Flax Muffin Top (organic, gluten free, no refined sugar) that I found at my local cafe (+ it came with a free cup of organic coffee!)

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Yum!

8) In NYC? Visit Organic Avenue!

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I recently got the chance to stop into an Organic Avenue shop when I was in the city. I loved it. I got a snack (pictured above) and then dinner later on (a whole wheat veggie and hummus wrap — $8 + roasted brussels sprouts — $4). They have so many amazing options at great prices! They also sell Emmy’s Macaroons 🙂 and other delicious treats in addition to their food (yogurt, wraps, salads, and veggies) and drinks (matcha, juices, mylks and smoothies).

This yogurt was awesome. Not too sweet, but an amazing flavor. It’s made with coconut meat, coconut water, coconut sugar, vanilla powder and probiotics. And it tastes so good. This matcha chia glo drink is also amazing. If you’ve ever had a Starbucks Green Tea Frappe, this tastes very similar. But better. And is 100 times better for your health. I need to buy some matcha so I can make something like this at home!

This place is great if you want something to eat or drink that’s amazing for your health, especially if you don’t have a lot of money on you. And they are spread ALL over the city.

9) In a pre-workout bind? Grab a Chia Bar by Health Warrior!

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Made with fruit and chia seeds, this stuff is great pre-workout. Full size and minis are available. Just like me, the founders of this company discovered the power of the chia seed through the phenomenal book, Born to Run, by Chistopher McDougall. Check out this page for some amazing information about the chia seed and grab a bar.

10) Simple Supermarket Snags: yogurt, veggies, and fruit!

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Supermarkets are everywhere, and it may not occur to you, but they are great places to grab a quick snack. You don’t have to do a full food shop stop just because you are entering a supermarket. Get a snack and get out. Grab 1 yogurt (this wallaby organic is my favorite) and some packaged fresh fruit or a veggie like sugar snap peas. Easy, quick, and fresh! If it’s nice outside, sit outside and enjoy your snack in the sunshine! If not, you can take a few relaxing minutes and enjoy it in the car (parked, not while driving).

11) Indulgent Fuel: Nibmor Organic Chocolate squares and Larabar

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I love these two choices when I need something a little chocolatey. The Nibmor squares are perfect, single serving doses of dark chocolate — and this mint flavor is heavenly. Larabars are another favorite and come in delectable flavors like this chocolate coconut chew, peanut butter chocolate cup, and pecan pie (a fall favorite). Check out all their amazing flavors here (like banana bread, chocolate chip brownie, chocolate chip cookie dough, cashew cookie, and more). I’ll take one of each, please.

The great thing about Larabar and these flavors? Your taste buds are happy and you are eating real whole foods. Larabars are made with a blend of unsweetened fruits (especially dates), nuts and spices — they never have more than 9 ingredients. Fair trade, lots of organic ingredients + gluten-soy-and dairy free, these are bars you can feel good about eating.

That’s a wrap! Hope you find this useful when you’re on the run and in need of a snack. No matter what you’re doing, just keep running on good 🙂 xox

 

 

Snack Attack! Crunchy Roasted Chickpeas

Who doesn’t love a good snack? A crazy person, that’s who. Snacking doesn’t have to detrimental to your health or weight. It CAN be. But it doesn’t HAVE to be. That’s where you come in. You control what you eat. And when you are well educated, prepared, determined and love what you are eating, you are good to go!

So one day, I decided to oven bake something that I love–chickpeas. I’ve done the homemade sweet potato chips (which I love), have yet to tackle the homemade kale chips (for no particular reason), and wanted to use something that I already had. Most of us always have oil and salt in the house, it’s the last ingredient that stumps us. I happened to have chickpeas in the pantry and gave it a whirl. It was magical. SO crunchy, SO satisfying, SO tasty. A perfect snack.

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How I made these babies:

  • Grease a pan with coconut oil
  • Toss chickpeas in any seasoning you want (I like Real Salt, chili powder, and garlic powder)
  • Bake at 400 degrees F for 45-60 minutes (I like them REALLY crunchy; I just tested them after 45 mins)

*You could also experiment at 425 F for 35-40 minutes if you’re impatient.

DONE! They are so easy, the hardest part is waiting for them to do done. Chickpeas are naturally low in fat and filled with protein & fiber. They’re also great for your colon and digestive health. So naturally, they add up to be a much healthier alternative to any packaged snack. I recommend organic chickpeas or ones with no additives. READ those labels, people! Chickpeas are very inexpensive, so getting a good quality can of chickpeas is no wallet burner. Eat ’em at home or pack them up and take them with you in the car or to work, school, and on your other daily travels.

Next time you have a snack attack, try these out! Enjoy xo