Hey there friends! Happy Friday! Today, I’ve got a special treat for you: a guest post from one of my dear friends, Zoe. Zoe and I met at the Radiance Retreat in Los Angeles in May and connected right away. She’s an incredible woman AND health & happiness blogger. Enjoy her delicious snack recipes, and be sure to connect with her!
As Katherine mentioned, we met at the Radiance Retreat in Venice, California, and we immediately clicked – she is such a sweet girl, and it is so refreshing to meet women who are as empowering and as caring as she is. I was thrilled when Katherine asked me to write a guest blog for her 14 day challenge. I hope you love what I have put together for you all!
I want to talk snacks in a second, but first I think it is important that I tell you a little bit about my food philosophy in general. Like Katherine, I am all about #moderateeating! I don’t believe in deprivation or avoiding specific food groups (unless you have to for medical reasons). Instead, my focus is on the #realfoodmovement, and having more time to spend with family, friends, and enjoying your food! I like to keep things as simple and as healthy as possible and I have a not-so-secret affinity for smoothies.
Now that we have that out of the way, I want to get real with you here.
I get hangry. I travel a ton for work, and my coworkers tease me when they know it is time I have a snack. I have ridden the tidal wave of hunger-induced stress, anger and impatience, but luckily it is something I have learned to navigate over the years.
Today I want to share my tricks for packing nutritious, simple, on-the-go snacks with you:
Try to start with whole foods (read: as minimally processed as possible).
Lately, my favorite fruits and veggies have included: mini bell peppers, grapes, strawberries, blueberries and raspberries. To make things cheaper, try to buy whatever fresh produce is in season. Honestly, you cannot make snacks any more simple than a grab-and-go fruit or vegetable. It just doesn’t get any better than that!
At work I always have a stash of my favorite snacks in case I get really hungry. I have a large bag of almonds, packets of oatmeal (also great for when I forget to bring a lunch) and Justin’s peanut butter cups for when I need something a little bit sweeter. I also have my own stash of honey and cinnamon, in case I want to sweeten anything naturally (aka my oatmeal). Having healthy and filling options available when I need them helps me walk past the piles of candy that I used to be known to frequent.
When fresh fruit and vegetables aren’t an option (especially when I am stuck in an airport), I stick with a few of my go-to’s: Larabars, Kind bars (remember-a two month supply is up for grabs with the #fitnessandlifestylereboot check-in challenges!), raw almonds, trail mix and cold pressed juices.
One of my pet peeves is when people tell me that I have to eat a certain fruit or vegetable (or food in general, for that matter) because it is the best for you.
I would much rather eat something I love that leaves me feeling satisfied than something that I don’t really like but feel like I should eat. For me, that means not forcing myself to have broccoli, bananas (unless they are in smoothies), or – gasp! – kale. I just don’t dig them, so I don’t force myself to eat them. You should love how you eat – not dread it! Think about the foods you love and make sure to get a stock pile going on those. Then ditch the foods that you feel obligated to eat – and don’t look back!
I love sharing recipes to fuel your day! Next time you are looking to add a little variety to your snack routine or simply want to take your snacks up to the next level, try adding these three recipes into your repertoire.