Healthy Holiday Snacking

Living a healthy lifestyle has made me a happier person, but I'm not always perfect and like most people, I can't help but sometimes fall off the wagon! I love to eat, so I believe in balance. When I am consistent in my workouts and healthy eating, I feel amazing. I have more pep in my step, I'm lighter and my clothes fit me better. Being fit takes tons of effort - it is work - but the payoff is worth every minute of it.

I find it hardest to stay focused on eating healthily during the busy holiday season. There are more parties to go to, celebrations at work, classroom events, and they're usually full of foods that aren't necessarily good for you. I try to avoid eating the bad stuff by eating before I go. On the actual holidays, I eat whatever I want - and look forward to it - so sticking to my diet on the days leading up to it allows me to indulge without feeling bad for doing so. If I’m going out shopping and know I’ll be out for a while, I try and pack healthy snacks: Bananas, almonds, cashews, dried cranberries, an apple, water. Instead of heading to the mall food court, reach down into your bag instead!

As such, I thought I'd share one of my favourite healthy to-go snacks:

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A brown rice cake can be a vessel for just about anything! Top a brown rice cake with a tablespoon of peanut butter, a tablespoon of jam and a sprinkle of hemp seeds on top. Another great option is to top a brown rice cake with a tablespoon of plain yogurt, a drizzle of honey and some flax seeds. Both are protein packed and will keep you full in between meals. And on the plus side, they're so delicious- I would often rather eat this than junk, which doesn't make it feel like a big sacrifice.

Don’t look at it as taking away foods that you love, look at it as adding healthy foods that you’ll love just as much.

Happy snacking!

 

 

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Author: Tara Lotufo

Tara lives in New York with her husband David and children, Chloe and Max. Being a New Yorker can be difficult come winter, so Tara spends a lot of time in the kitchen with her kids, who have become her little sous chefs. They enjoy mixing and measuring, pouring and prepping, and eating! They’re her inspiration for creative meals and the reason she’s such a happy mommy. Tara blogs about food, cooking and all things delicious.

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