Maranda here to tell you that there are really healthy snacks out there that you can eat on-the-go AND guilt-free!

But first, why am I talking about healthy on-the-go snacks and lunches?

I’m talking about healthy snacks and lunches today because our modern lives get so busy, and that makes it hard to find time to plan out a healthy snack and lunch.

But that doesn’t mean you have to compromise your health by settling for Twinkies or the Drive-thru!

So, what’s important about healthy lunches?

Healthy lunches are important because they:

● Save money on those quick drive thru stops AND help you lose weight

● Stabilize your blood sugar, which results in a longer healthier life

● Keep your mood steady and focus sharp, equipping you to have fun, be efficient, accomplish more, and help more people…win, win!!

So how do I know what to look out for in healthy, on-the-go snacks and lunches?

● Nuts—an excellent source of high protein: Look for raw or dry roasted and stay away from nuts with additives like vegetable oil and palm oil

● Fruit—packed with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants: Fall is my favorite season. Fresh apples…whoop, whoop. An apple a day keeps the doctor away :)

● Yogurt—high in protein and good source of healthy fats: Look for, Greek yogurt or ones that do not contain artificial flavors or sweeteners like corn syrup. I like Oikos Triple Zero since it is sweetened with Stevia. (Stevia is a plant based sweetener that does NOT affect your blood sugar.) If you have a sensitivity to dairy this snack will NOT be the best for you. Click here to schedule a time to meet with me 1-on-1, and we will work on healing the lower gut so you can enjoy dairy again!

● Hard boiled eggs—high source of protein and will keep your blood sugars level: Boil them the night before and throw a couple in your bag.

● Peanut butter sandwich—also high in protein and stabilizes blood sugar: I prefer sprouted bread. Sprouted bread is easier for the digestive system to break down.

● Energy bars—a much healthier and nutritious alternative to chocolate bars: Avoid brands with soy protein isolate and whey protein (whey protein is hard on gut health!) and look for brands that contain over 10 grams of hemp protein or pea protein

● Dark chocolate—high in natural caffeine that can give you that energy boost: Look for brands that list cacao as the first ingredient not sugar. I like stevia sweetened options like Lily’s Chocolate.

● Trail Mix—packed with a combo of proteins and sugars to increase your energy: Look for a mix that doesn’t contain added vegetable oil and palm oil or buy a variety of nuts, seeds, at the health store to mix yourself. If in weight loss mode, skipping the raisins and cranberries will help you with your weight loss goals. I like to add Lily’s chocolate chips when I’m making a homemade trail mix.

● Raw veggies—slices of raw veggies are loaded with vitamins and minerals: Choose organic veggies where possible and cut the morning of to maintain their maximum nutrients instead of buying pre-cut slices in a bag.

● Seeds—pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds are high in sources of vegetable protein: Look for raw seeds wherever possible. You can find them in the bulk food section.

What do I do now?

If you want to make sure that you’re eating healthy all the time, then click here now to schedule a time to talk with me 1-on-1. I can help you shortlist the best foods for your body, so you can feel great and look great now! AND I can help you discover a way of eating where you burn fat, even without exercising…that’s a win, win!!

To your health!

~ Maranda

Certified Health & Life Coach