I normally have a constant stock of peanut butter in my pantry to go with my favorite snack, apples & peanut butter. Little did I know that peanut butter was one of those things that I have been buying my entire life that is SUPER easy and fun to make at home – all you need is a food processor. I am always looking for delicious minimally processed nut butters that don’t have too much oil or sugar in them, and so this week, I decided that instead of spending that time searching in the grocery store, I was going to experiment at home.
It’s that bittersweet time! Your son or daughter is finally old enough to start school. Sending your child to school for the first time can be an emotional and hectic experience, especially if they have food allergies. The same goes for sending your child back to school for the second or third time. Releasing your child into the care of others and outside of your full supervision is already a huge change that can feel groundless, and if your child has food allergies, there are that many more things to worry about. 1 out of every 13 American children suffer from food allergies, on average that’s 2 per classroom. The silver lining in that fact is that food allergies are not a completely foreign concept to most schools and many have guidelines in place for dealing with food allergic students.
It’s easy to follow celebrities these days to know what they’re wearing, where they’re shopping and especially what they’re eating. We love to hear what all the celebs are snacking on and the little tricks they use to keep their skin glowing and bodies healthy! What’s the good news? They love eating food just like us! Here are some of the snacks they grab for when they’ve got a craving:
Whether it’s the cold weather stirring up your appetite or the comfort of munching on something when there’s not much else to do, wintertime seems to be prime time for snacking. But fear not! Snacking, if approached smartly, can be part of a healthy diet. The key is to think of snacking in a positive light, as a bridge to provide energy, satiety and nutrition between meals, rather than as an unhealthy treat to be snuck in when no one’s looking. After all, shivering does burn calories so we might as well replenish them with healthy snacks!
Take care of what your body needs and give some thought ahead of time to what you want to snack on, instead of waiting until you are hungry to raid the fridge or vending machine. Here are some tips from our Registered Dietitian Lea to help you keep healthy snacks on hand:
So many of us are stretched thin between work, kids, sig-o’s, friends and trying to stay healthy, it’s not a surprise that snacking on the go is an increasing trend for people everywhere. The good news is there are plenty of options for quick easy snacks that are both delicious and nutritious, and that won’t break the calorie bank. So the next time 3pm rolls around and you’re at your desk or running the carpool, don’t just reach for whatever is being sold nearby – plan ahead and keep a stock of these super easy snacks handy to keep yourself satisfied and energized for the rest of your day!
Dear Lea: I am reasonably health conscious but when I get hungry, I crave sugary snacks that leave me dissatisfied about half an hour after consumption (low energy, tired, irritable). What types of snacks should I be looking to consume between meals so I don’t have this craving? Also, do you have an opinion on which sweeteners are better than others (e.g., Spelnda vs. Stevia, etc.)? –JH.
Total Fat: 10g / Total Carbs: 33g / Protein: 3g
Total Fat: 5g / Total Carbs: 18g / Protein: 3g