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August’s Tiny Change: Get Serious About {Healthy} Snacks

by Elise Museles

SpicedRoastedCarrotHummusSiteIf you’re just joining us, this post is part of my year-long #12tinychanges challenge. Each month, we’re implementing one super small, super doable change – over a year, it really adds up! You can read about it here and share your progress on Instagram with the hashtag #12tinychanges. (Did I mention that there are lots of theme-related GIVEAWAYS each month?! Read on!)

We did it! It’s hard to believe that we’re getting close to the one-year mark of our 12 Tiny Changes Challenge, with 11 changes so far under our belts. That’s almost a dozen shifts in mindset and habits that have made this year amazing. Thank you for joining me in this experience!

Whether you started last September or are just jumping on board now, I’m thrilled to have you! We’ve worked on a lot together: meal prep, beginning each day in a nourishing way, creating a nighttime ritual to sleep better, making movement a priority all year round (even in the dead of winter!), getting into DIY mode, adding some plant-powered meals, becoming aware of our subconscious thoughts about food, eating every single hue of the rainbow, taking a seat to eat, slowing waaaaay down, and getting creative with hydration. Each and every single one of the changes was, in and of itself, an accomplishment that got us one step closer to health and happiness.

My goal in creating this challenge was to help you sleep better, eat cleaner, move more, and be kinder to yourself. And by making all of these changes in a sane, sustainable way, hopefully, those good habits will stick around.

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So now for our last and final change! Get ready for a month filled with lots of fun and flavor, as we focus on how to fuel our bodies all day long with healthy snacks! I know: who has time to think about snacks when we have to worry about eating (and making!) a healthy breakfast, lunch, and dinner?? Whether you’re traveling (and off your routine), or your routine is just getting crazy again as the carefree days of summer come to a close, there’s no better time to get serious about snacks. (I even wrote a book, Whole Food Energy, with 200 grab-and-go recipes, because I’m such a believer in the superpowers of snacking!)

Why snacks? Because beyond three square meals a day, we all need ways to nourish ourselves all day long, no matter how busy we are. When we plan out our snacks, it helps regulate our blood sugar and energy level, and can prevent the dreaded 4 p.m. slump and late-night mindless eating. We are also less likely to stress about our food choices during the day when we have access to prepared, healthy bites. Not to mention, we’re also more likely to make sound choices at our next meal when we don’t arrive at the table starving!

Even though I constantly preach slowing down and savoring the food in front of us, I know that doesn’t always align with reality. In an ideal world, we would eat every meal off beautiful dishes, sitting at a table, surrounded by the people we love, engaged in sparkling conversation. But busy lives and packed schedules can make that nearly impossible. We go six or seven hours between meals, it’s no surprise that we feel cranky, snappish, and exhausted. Or we might think about our meals (when we have the time!), but forget about being mindful about what to eat in between those meals.

And I don’t know about you, but I turn into a pumpkin when I have low blood sugar. But by making a little bit of an effort, we can avoid that slump and stay focused all day long. And with back to school (and back to regular working hours) about to start all over again, it’s time for a new routine. One that includes ways to keep me – and you – energized throughout the day.

So let’s make sure that our fridges, pantries, handbags, and even glove compartments are stocked with healthy little tidbits that will keep us from getting too hungry. It’s as easy as preparing superfood trail mix and satiating cookie dough balls every Sunday and tucking them away for those moments when the meeting runs long or spin class leaves you famished, or simply stocking the freezer with hydrating watermelon burst popsicles for those extra hot days of summer still to come.

This month, choose a handful of new snack recipes and prepare them ahead of time. If that’s too hard, just take along a few individual portion sizes of almonds or sunflower seeds and a piece of fresh fruit in your bag – it’s that easy and that delicious!

Watermelon Bursts

To get you started, here are some of my favorite snacks that have saved me from brain fog, snapping at my children, or picking at whatever is in front of me.

If you’re looking for more ways to get serious about {healthy} snacks, then explore my collection of  recipes here.

Snacks

To support you as you shift your approach to how you nourish your body on the go and in between meals, I’ll be giving away some awesome prizes on Instagram. Think: copies of my book Whole Food Energy, with 200 grab-and-go nourishing choices; Crazy Richard’s natural peanut butter to eat with snacks or by the spoonful; Sprout Living Epic Protein to upgrade the quality of your smoothies and energy bars; cases of DrinkMaple to hydrate…and more!

I can’t wait to see how you nourish your body all day long, so be sure to show me on Instagram or share your favorite snacks in the comments!

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