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Thursday, April 22, 2021

Wellness Wednesday: Snack Your Way to Better Health

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Ashley Coleman Thayer
Ashley Coleman Thayer
Ashley Coleman Thayer is a spokesperson/model/host, former Miss Teen USA, and a health & fitness blogger. She lives in Delaware with her husband and three daughters; where she enjoys yoga, cooking & baking, running, and of course, reading bedtime stories. To find more of her work, visit SelfSoulSpace.com.
Gone are the days where we eat just 3 meals a day. Now, it’s recommended that we eat every few hours, 4-6 meals. Well, really, not 6 meals but 3-4 small meals, and 1-2 snacks. Creating healthy eating habits is essential to living a healthy life. Healthy snacks are a great way to get in extra nutrients throughout your day. Eating 4-6 meals a day not only keeps hunger pangs away and speeds up your metabolism, but it also helps you make better meal choices and eat smaller portions because you’re not starving by the next major meal time. So this Wednesday, I encourage you to eat a snack, a healthy snack in between meal times.

Here’s a list of some of my favorite snacks
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  • Sliced raw veggies & hummus (or low calorie dressing)
  • Ants on a log- celery, peanut butter, raisins (sub nut-butters w/dried fruit)
  • Cup of fresh fruit (like strawberries & blueberries)
  • Piece of fresh fruit (apple, banana, orange- I pre-wash my fruit when i bring it home, so I can grab & go)
  • Apple slices & PB (1-2 tbs)
  • Greek yogurt w/ or w/o homemade granola (Chobani & Trader Joe’s)
  • Unsweetened applesauce
  • Nut & dried fruit mix
  • Hard boiled egg
  • 1/2 of PB&J with low sugar jelly
  • Small handful of honey wheat pretzels (Trader Joe’s)
  • Blue corn or soy/flax seed tortilla chips & salsa (Trader Joe’s)
  • Small Fruit smoothie or veggie juice
  • 1 rice cake w/ peanut butter
  • Part skim mozzarella cheese stick
  • Protein bar (chocolate chip cliff bar is my fav)
Dessert snacks (bonus!)
  • 2 small chocolate chip cookies or mint Oreos (my kryptonite)
  • 1/2 cup of ice cream or sorbet, (Edie’s Slow Churn or Trader Joe’s sorbet)
  • 1 cup of berries with a squirt of whipped cream
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