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Fruit Infused Water Recipes for the Summer!

Here are some sweet refreshing fruit infused water recipes for those warm summer days!

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Eating Well – Summer Fruits: Strawberries!

Hurray strawberries are in season! Choose brightly colored, dry, firm, shiny, plump berries that still have fresh-looking green caps attached. Strawberries should smell like strawberries, so take a whiff before you buy. You could also grow your own!

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Making the Case for Eating Fruit – must read article!

In your attempt to cut out sugar, avoid cutting out fruit. This article from July 2013, posted on well.blogs.nytimes.com “Making the Case for Eating Fruit” speaks to the issue of not cutting fruit out of your diet as a means to cut back on sugar.

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Why I love snacking and why it’s so important!

I love snacking and honestly I could not make it through the day with out my healthy snacks.  The magic word is HEALTHY!  My snacks consist of nutrient-rich foods containing a combination of lean protein, fiber-rich carbohydrates and healthy fats. My snacks are typical much smaller than my average meal, so no more than 100 to 200 calories.

So here are the top reasons why I snack healthy:

1. Snacks give me energy when I am feeling a little sluggish.

2. Snacking helps me (and it can help you) get many of the vitamins and minerals I need on a daily basis.

3. Snacks keep me from getting hungry and overeating at mealtime.

4. Snacks help satisfy my hunger, but still leave room for my healthy meal.

5. Snacks between meals helps to increase my focus while I’m working and my performance while working out!

Some of my favorite snacks:

Edamame – Besides being super yummy, one cup of edamame, contains about 17 grams of protein, 8 grams of fiber, and 189 calories.  This is a perfect snack all by itself, no need to add anything else! I can eat them hot or cold and seasoned with a little sea salt.

Homemade Trail Mix – The reason I like making my own trail mix is because I can control what is  in it.  I love raw cashews, walnuts and almonds.  I will also add some dried cranberries, pumpkin seeds and sometimes granola.

Greek Yogurt – One cup of Greek Yogurt with blueberries or granola is my old standby.

Vegetables and Hummus and sometimes tortilla chips is another favorite.

Fruit – All time favorite – fruit! Yes fruit, my fast food!

NatureBox delivers really good healthy snacks right to your door, talk about making it easy for you. Check them out NatureBox

Do you snack? What are some of your favorite healthy snacks?

How to eat healthy when you have no time

eating healthy when you have no time.

“I don’t have time to eat healthy!” I hear it all the time from clients and friends. Our lives are busy with work, kids, school and everything else, and sometimes you may feel like you don’t have time to prepare and eat healthy meals. But, eating healthy doesn’t really take any more time than eating unhealthy, it just involves you making it a priority and a little more planning on your part.

Here are a few things for you to think about when it comes to preparing and eating healthy when you are short on time.

  • Plan your meals in advance. Make out your shopping list and go grocery shopping and get everything you will need for the week.
  • When it comes to dinner, focus on one vegetable with your main course.  For example spinach with pasta or broccoli with chicken breast.  Keep it simple!
  • If you use a crockpot, add broth, chicken and vegetables in the morning and by the time you get home you will have a healthy stew waiting for you.
  • Cook once and eat at least three times! On your least busiest weekend day prepare a huge pot of vegetable or chicken soup and freeze it in single servings.  You can then take out a serving in the morning and let it thaw in the refrigerator so that all you will need to do when you get home is warm it up.
  • Keep healthy snacks readily available that you can grab throughout the day. I keep cut-up fruits and vegetables like carrots, apple and orange slices along with a bowl of washed grapes in the refrigerator.  Also try to keep snacks such as homemade granola or trail mix with you in case you are out and about and there are no healthy options.
  • Drink plenty of water at snack time, dinnertime, anytime.  Keep a pitcher of water in your refrigerator with sliced lemon, lime, chopped watermelon or honeydew melon for flavor.

Incorporating small changes such as these can make a big difference to you finding the time to eat healthy.

What tips can you share on how to eat healthy when you have no time?