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I Love the Way You Snack!

I Love the Way You Snack!

Chris Covington | Editor in Chief | Red Letter Everyday eMagazine | 5-28-2015 | Disclaimer | Photos by Red Letter Everyday eMagazine

A healthy and timely snack is a key element to good health! Why? Well, when my stomach growls, it is telling me it is time to eat – that it needs fuel! So I give my body 100-200 calories of good food to get me to lunch or dinner. If I ignore it, well, that doesn’t mean I’m not hungry anymore. It means that my body goes into survival mode and begins breaking down muscle to fuel my body. In my house we call this self-cannibalism. Ewww!

My body works best when it is fueled with clean healthy food. So I eat breakfast within 30 minutes of waking up and then every 3 hours throughout the day until about 7:00 in the evening. Generally, I have three meals with good protein and low/no processed carbs and two to three snacks. This sustained fuel keeps me going after long-runs, heavy weights, chasing two kids around, volunteering and working.

Some of my favorites are:

1/4 almonds

1 cup of strawberries with a bit of whipped cream

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one sliced apple with cinnamon sprinkled on top

celery and carrots with a yogurt dill dressing

celery and fresh almond butter

pear

apple

hard boiled egg

kiwi fruit

smoked salmon on cucumber

homemade sweet potato hummus with cucumber and peppers

The combinations are endless… thank goodness. And I’m heading my kids down this path too. Their favorites are the apples with straight cinnamon and hard boiled eggs. (Have you mastered the quick peel technique using a mason jar?)

Keeping natures fast food on hand, clean, portioned out and ready to eat will keep your body fueled and healthy! What’s your favorite healthy snack?

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A Perfect Snack: Apples and Almonds

Apples and Almonds - a perfect pair!

Apples and Almonds – a perfect pair!

I share a lot of information on dinner – but dinner is only part of the nutrition story. Snacks play such an important role in meeting your dietary needs.

Eating two snacks each day along with three healthy meals keeps your metabolism running high and keeps your hunger cravings at bay. Snacks spread the calories you consume throughout the day so that your body has great fuel all day long!

Here is one of my favorite snacks – I have it just about every day: Apples and Almonds. This great snack has a dose of good fat, protein and fiber! The 1, 2, 3 knock out to being hungry!

Raw almonds have about 80 calories, 3.5g protein, 1.5g fiber, 7g of fat and 2.5g of carbs. The ½ of a large apple has about 60 calories, 14g carbs, 2.5g of fiber and less than 1g of fat or protein. So this 140 calorie snack has the fat, protein and fiber to keep you from being hungry and the good carbs to give you a boost. And this snack takes less time to toss in a bowl than to open up a bag of chips!!

 

Chris Covington, Editor-in-Chief, Red Letter Everyday On-line Magazine, 04/04/2013

Sources:

http://slimdiary.com/foods/sunvalley-finest-natural-almonds-f780572/

http://www.nutrition-and-you.com/apple-fruit.html