Snacks are a common area that people struggle with. Often eating the wrong things or snacking too often – it seems people just don’t know what they should be doing.
As we are all currently working from home during this pandemic snacking is becoming more of a concern for many. People are sharing that they feel they are constantly eating because they are home and often passing through the kitchen.
I thought I would share some snacking tips and a recipe to help guide you.
If you read my post on smoothies you know that I discussed the importance of having balanced macronutirents – carbohydrates, proteins & fats.
Snacks are the same – we want to make sure that they are balanced so that they help keep our energy levels stable. Ideally snacks are a one time/day. The best time for a snack is between 3 and 4pm. There is a long time between lunch and dinner and having a snack this time in the afternoon helps to prevent our blood sugar from dropping.
My favourite grab and go snack ideas are;
-0% plain greek yogurt with ½ cup berries and 1tbsp. hemp hearts
-2 boiled eggs and raw veggies
– apple & 1 tbsp. almond butter
-1/4 cup hummus and raw veggies
-1/2 cup berries and 10 walnuts
If you want to prepare something ahead of time try out some Collagen Bites.
Collagen is a protein. It is a major component of bones, skin, muscles, ligaments and tendons. It provides structure and support throughout your body. Our bodies makes it, but as we age we make less.
Collagen supplements are proteins broken down into smaller peptides, which are more easily absorbed. I take collagen daily – usually in my coffee and my hair, skin and nails all visibly benefit from it. Collagen also helps with joint pain, leaky gut, balanced blood sugar, and a boosted immune system. Like everything quality matters – I recommend Sproos or Vital Proteins.
Here is a recipe for my Collagen Energy Bites.
1 cup quick oats
½ cup ground flax seeds
3 tbsp cacao powder
3 tbsp collagen powder
¼ tsp. sea salt
½ cup natural nut butter (sunflower seed also works for nut free)
1/3 cup maple syrup
- In a large bowl combine all the ingredients and mix well. If the mix seems thick or sticky add up to 1 tbsp. of nut milk.
- Roll into balls and chill in the fridge for about 20 minutes before eating.
If you are looking for more recipes and tips on how to live with energy and vitality head over to Facebook and join my new group – Vitality & Wellness Collective.
The Vitality & Wellness Collective is free and will walk you through 4 key pillars to create habits that will allow you to live your life with vitality.
1. Healthy Balanced Nutrition – If you don’t put the right fuel in your body you won’t have the energy to live with vitality
2. Sleep – Create positive sleep routines & habits for energy and disease prevention
3. Movement – Incorporate daily movement so you can make it a habit and stick with it
4. Mindfulness – Stress management and gratitude practices that are essential to your wellness
This group will give you the tools you need to establish these habits – trackers, challenges, tips & recipes. I will also be in the group to answer any questions you have. Click below to join now – I look forward to seeing you and supporting you there.
Allison Madigan, Holistic Nutritionist
Allison graduated from Queen’s University with a BAH in Economics and started a career in the marketing world. Nutrition and wellness were always at the forefront of her thoughts. After 15 years in the industry she decided that it was time to follow her passion and go back to school. She took a leap of faith, resigned from work, enrolled at the Edison Institute of Nutrition and hasn’t looked back. She has been working in the field for 2 years now and loving it.
She has a strong belief in the power of food and proper nutrition to keep us healthy and prevent disease. Her mission is to empower people to make healthy and mindful decisions for themselves to achieve their optimal health and wellness.
Allison has a keep interest in hormone balance, food sensitivities, stress and digestive health. She works with her clients to formulate a plan that will work for them. Her plans will include diet modifications, lifestyle and supplements suggestions as well as some mindset work.