6 Super Summer Snacks for those Who Want to be Fit and Fabulous

Written by lyricsmama on June 28, 2017 – 12:57 PM -

Snacking is something just about everyone does. It’s hard to resist the urge to grab some snacks, especially during the summer when you are having fun and on the run. The problem is that many people grab the wrong types of snacks, which may work against their desire to be fit and fabulous. Far too often, people reach for sugary snacks, which according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention can lead to health problems such as weight gain, obesity, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease. For those who want to be fit and fabulous this summer, it’s a good idea to pay attention to the snack choices they make.

“It’s so easy to eat far too many calories simply because we are grabbing the wrong snacks,” explains Coach Sarah Walls, personal trainer and owner of SAPT Strength & Performance Training, Inc., who is also the strength and conditioning coach for WNBA’s Washington Mystics. “It’s important to have healthy snacks on hand at all times and know what to reach for when you do go shopping or you are in a hurry. It may take only a minute to eat it, but done too often it can have lasting consequences.”

According to the American Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, snacks for those who are not very active should be no more than 200 calories. For those who are active, they recommend not going over snacks that are 200-300 calories. They also recommend only snacking when you are hungry and sticking to recommended portion sizes. It’s also important to keep the added sugar in check, considering that the Harvard School of Public Health reports the average American consumes 22 teaspoons of sugar a day, which is around an extra 350 calories.

Keeping this in mind, here are 6 super summer snacks for those who want to be fit and fabulous:

  1. Chia seed pudding – Chia are loaded with omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, protein, and other nutrients. Use the attached recipe to create a simple chia seed pudding that is nutritious and delicious.
  2. Homemade fruit popsicles – Use an online recipe to make some healthy homemade fruit and veggie popsicles. They will be great on a hot summer day and will give you a fruit serving.
  3. Yogurt –Opt for varieties that don’t have a lot of sugar. This will give you a boost in healthy bacteria, protein, and calcium.
  4. Apple with peanut butter – An apple dipped in one teaspoon of natural peanut butter or other nut butter is a healthy snack that will give you protein, fiber, and other nutrients.
  5. Melons – Summer is melon season and you can’t go wrong with loading up on watermelon, honeydew, and cantaloupe. They are loaded with vitamins and are refreshing.
  6. Avocado toast – Using whole wheat toast, spread a half of an avocado on it. That will give you some fiber, vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, and healthy fats.

    “Don’t deny yourself the ability to have some snacks this summer, just be sure to reach for healthier options,” added Coach Walls. “Whether you are an athlete or you just want to feel better and look great, keeping healthier snack options in mind will go a long way toward helping you to reach those goals.”

Chia Seed Pudding Recipe

This chia seed recipe takes just 10 minutes to make and yields two cups of pudding.

2 cups of unsweetened almond milk
6 tablespoons of chia seeds
½ teaspoon of vanilla extract
1 tablespoon of sweetener (honey or maple syrup), optional
Berries for topping
Mix all ingredients together except for the berries. Stir to make sure there are no clumps of chia seeds. Put it in the refrigerator to set for at least two hours. Top with the berries and enjoy!

Sarah Walls has over 15 years experience in coaching and personal training. Owner of SAPT Strength & Performance Training, Inc, founded in 2007, she offers coaching to develop athletes, adult programs, team training, online coaching, and more. She is also the strength and conditioning coach for the WNBA’s Washington Mystics, and has over eight years of experience working as an NCAA D1 strength and conditioning coach and personal trainer. To learn more, visit the site: www.saptstrength.com.

SAPT Strength & Performance Training, Inc.

Located in Fairfax, Virginia, SAPT Strength & Performance Training, Inc. is a high performance training club that specializes in helping to develop athletes of all ages. They offer athletic training programs for youth, college students, and amateurs. The company was founded in 2007 by Sarah Walls, a professional strength and conditioning coach and personal trainer with NCAA D1 experience, who is the strength and conditioning coach for the WNBA Washington Mystics team. To learn more, visit the site: www.saptstrength.com.

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Healthy Fall Food Favorites

Written by lyricsmama on October 16, 2013 – 12:15 PM -

Halloween is only weeks away and festive fall treats are popping up everywhere. All though the various sweet and sugary temptations are hard to resist, you don’t have to break your diet to enjoy the seasonal fare. Certified nutritionist, personal trainer and exercise physiologist, Franci Cohen, has provided recipes for fall foods that won’t break your belt.

Pumpkin Cranberry Mini Breakfast Muffins

muffins

Ingredients:
– 1 cup all-purpose flour
– 1 cup oat flour (or fresh oats finely ground into a flour)
– 3/4 cup sugar
– 1 tsp baking soda
– 1/4 tsp salt
– 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
– 1/4 tsp nutmeg
– 1 1/4 cups canned pumpkin puree
– 1 large egg, lightly beaten
– 1/4 cup canola oil
– 1 cup nonfat milk
– 1 cup fresh cranberries

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Spray a mini muffin pan with nonstick cooking spray.
3. In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
4. Combine pumpkin, beaten egg, oil and milk in a separate bowl.
5. Make a well in dry ingredients and ddd pumpkin mixture and stir until combined. Lastly, fold in cranberries.
6. Fill muffin cups and bake for 17-22 minutes.

 

Lowfat Individual Apple Pies in their own shell

pies

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Ingredients:
– Pie crust
– 6 Granny Smith apples
– 1/4 cup sugar
– 1 Tbsp brown sugar
– 1/2 tsp cinnamon

For the filling:
1. Pre heat oven to 375 degrees.
2. Cut off the top of 4 apples and remove the inside with a spoon or scooper. Be very careful, as to not puncture the peel!
3. With the 2 additional apples, remove the skin and slice very thinly. These apple pieces will be the filling for the mini apple pies.
4. Throw the apple slices in a blow and mix with sugars and cinnamon. Scoop mixture evenly into each of the 4 hollow apples.

For the topping:
1. Roll out pie crust and slice into 1/4 inch strips. Note: You can also add a strip of pastry inside the top of the apple almost like a liner to add a little more texture and
sweetness to the pie.
2. Cover the top of the apple in a lattice pattern with pie crust strips.
3. Place apples in an 8×8 pan and add just enough water to the cover the bottom of the pan. Cover with foil and bake for 20-25 minutes.
4. Remove foil and bake for an additional 20 minutes or until crust is golden brown and sliced apples are soft

 

Ghostly Chocolate Pretzel Rods:

rods

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Ingredients:
– 1 box salted pretzel rods
– 16 oz fine white baking chocolate
– An edible ink black baking marker
– Wax paper

Directions:
1. Melt chocolate in double boiler or on the stove.
2. Dip 1 end of a pretzel rod into melted Chocolate to cover pretzel approx. 2″ down
3. Lay chocolate covered pretzels on wax paper-lined tray
4. Repeat with remaining pretzels until all are covered in chocolate
5. Place baking tray in freezer for 5 minutes until chocolate hardens
6. Remove pretzel tray from freezer and using baking markers, draw scary ghostly faces on the pretzels.

Your ghostly pretzel rods are ready to eat!

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Ahoy to Healthy Snacking!!

Written by lyricsmama on October 7, 2009 – 9:54 AM -

With my oldest in school now, it’s a whole new world when it comes to snack items. When she was home, having her eat healthy snacks wasn’t much of an issue, but it seems like most pre-packaged snacks that would fit nicely in her lunch box just aren’t that healthy! That’s why when I found Pirate’s Booty snacks, I was one happy mommy!

Pirate’s Booty has some really yummy snacks that not only my kids enjoyed but I did as well. The snacks are made with puffed rice and corn and are all natural, baked, trans fat and gluten free. There’s only 130 calories (or less) per single serving bag and they’re 50% less fat than potato chips per serving. There isn’t much NOT to like about these snacks, great for the entire family!

My girl’s favorite item had to be the Aged White Cheddar Puffs, they couldn’t get enough of them, and although I did separate the bag into smaller baggies for school, the single serving bag still has a lot of portions to share. The girls asked for more almost daily and were quite sad when we ran out; I’ll be hunting for these snacks on our next shopping trip!

My favorite was the sea Salt & Vinegar puffs. SO GOOD! Gave me that satisfying taste when I was craving some salt & vinegar chips but without the bad stuff and all the horrible calories that come with them. I loved all their flavors of Pirate’s Booty Snacks the girls however were not big fans of the Veggie so that bag was left for me.

These great snacks won’t disappoint, if you see them in the store the next time your shopping don’t pass them up, grab them for yourself or your kids for an alternative to bad snacking options. You can find more information about Pirate’s Booty Snacks by visiting their website at www.piratesbooty.com and be sure to check out their other line of products as well!

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Have a Healthy Halloween…

Written by lyricsmama on September 12, 2008 – 8:57 PM -

Looking for a great alternative to candy this Halloween, that kids will still enjoy and not turn their noses up at, or well….egg your house for giving them a sucky treat?

Try the Snikiddy Snacks!!! I’ve mentioned Snikiddy before and how much my girls enjoyed the snacks (as did I….see review). These would be a great alternative this Halloween to hand out rather than the usual hard candy, chocolate, chips etc. Why not give kids a healthy alternative that they’ll enjoy and will taste great.

The Snikiddy Snacks Organic Cookies snack packs are delicious and a healthier alterntiave to candy for trick-or-treat goodies this Halloween. With snack packs that include Chocolate Chippers, Cherry Oaties and Banana Nibbles as well as high quality ingredients, a positive message and a great taste, kids wouldn’t know the difference. All they’ll see is a great snack pack of yummy cookies that they’ll enjoy.

Visit Snikiddy today at www.snikiddy.com and pick up some Organic Cookies snack packs or look around and see what else you can find for your own kids, or for a great trick-or-treat handout this year for Halloween…

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