Thursday, September 15, 2011

Mindful Munching!

If you're like me and love snacking here are some mindful munching tips for everyone looking to boost their metabolism and nosh on some scrumptious snacks.  A healthy and balanced snack has carbohydrates, proteins, and fats to keep you satiated and hold you over till your next meal.  I just moved to Manhattan, New York a few weeks ago and I feel like I'm always on the go!  Sometimes squeezing in a quick snack before I trek the concrete jungle is just what I are a few of my favorite munchies!

Banana & Almond Butter Toast
Spread 1 Tbsp of almond butter on a slice of whole wheat toast and slice 1/2 of a banana on top.  Banana & Almond butter toast is filled with fiber, protein, healthy fats, and potassium!  If you're craving something sweeter, drizzle a little honey and cinnamon on top! Delish :)

Greek Yogurt with Fresh Berries & Granola
Combine 1/2 cup of greek yogurt, a handful of fresh berries of your choice, and 1/4 cup of your favorite granola!  Greek yogurt is a great source of protein and calcium, combined with the antioxidants in berries, and the fiber from the granola this is one healthy triple threat treat!

Avocado & Tomato Toast
Slice 2 oz. of avocado on a slice of whole wheat toast, add some sliced heirloom tomatoes on top, and season with some lemon pepper! Avocado provides us with healthy monounsaturated fats which lower LDL cholesterol and helps to reduce the risk of coronary heart disease.  Tomatoes provide us with Vitamin C to help immunity and lycopene, a phytochemical that acts as a natural SPF from the sun!

Mango-Berry Smoothie
Toss 3/4 cup frozen strawberries, 1/2 cup frozen mango chunks, 1/2 cup of unsweetened vanilla almond milk, 1/2 cup of orange juice, and 1 tsp. flax seed.  Mangos are an excellent source of Vitamin A and beta carotene which can be used in the body as an antioxidant.  They are also a good source of Vitamin C, Potassium, and Fiber!

Happy Snacking!

Yours in health,



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