Chels and I are attending the Healthy Living Summit this weekend, which is being put on by some of the healthiest bloggers we know. We’re super excited to meet some new bloggers and learn about living healthier. Of course, since we’re crazy into cooking, we believe in a “healthy” balance of food, meaning we don’t always eat healthy. To truly enjoy good food, we believe in indulging sometimes and not always making dishes healthier if it will sacrifice taste. But, we also believe in not indulging every day and making healthy eating a part of our normal routines. I’m constantly trying to find ways to make my every day meals healthier whether it’s adding more veggies or cutting out butter or sugar. In honor of the Healthy Living Summit, I wanted to share a few of my latest healthy-living obsessions with you.
Just about every healthy living blogger I know makes a little something called a Green Monster. It’s basically a smoothie made with spinach (or kale). It probably sounds like something you wouldn’t enjoy, right? Well, I decided to finally take the plunge and make one for breakfast and I absolutely loved it! I seriously think I’m going to make these a major part of my weekly diet. Here’s what mine involved (there are tons of variations):
- 3 C spinach
- 1 C unsweetened Almond Breeze
- 1 small banana
- 1/4 C oats
- 2 T flax seed
All you do it throw it all together in a blender, which is just about all I can handle in the morning anyway
I know what you’re thinking. “It’s green.” Yes, it is. Which means it’s fabulously healthy. And I swear to you, this was delicious!!! You cannot taste the spinach at all. I felt like I was drinking a banana-almond smoothie and it was amazing.
This Green Monster smoothie is packed with vitamins and is really filling, making it a great breakfast drink. I really wouldn’t lie to you if this wasn’t good. I am a total Green Monster convert! Try it and let me know what you think.
I definitely have some snacking issues, mainly because I work from home and the kitchen is always RIGHT THERE. That’s why it’s always essential for me to have healthy snacks available.
I’m a huge fan of Granola. However, healthy as it sounds, I know granola is often packed with sugar and fat. But Trader Joe’s just tempts me so much with their 50 million different granola varieties. When I saw granola with ginger in it, I couldn’t turn it down (I LOVE ginger). I read the label and it’s actually relatively lower in calories than many others. Plus it has lots of nuts and thus, protein.
I decided to purchase some Greek Yogurt too.
So, instead of eating a huge bowl of granola with milk, I’ll have a bowl of yogurt with some granola on top. This is the perfect snack!
Speaking of yogurt, I’ve always had a love/hate relationship with it. I would always buy it in an attempt to eat a healthy snack, but then I’d never eat it. Then I discovered Greek yogurt and it made yogurt so much more appealing to me. It’s thicker, more flavorful, and just delicious. I’m especially obsessed with Stonyfield Farms Oikos Greek Yogurt right now.
Remember, yogurt can play the same trick as granola. It sounds healthy, but you really need to read the labels to make sure it’s not loaded with sugar and fat!
I’m all about fiber because it’s key for keeping you full longer. I always buy bread that has at least 4 grams of fiber per slice. And one of my fave on-the-go snacks are Fiberful bars. They’re basically just fruit leather, but with 6 grams of fiber. If I’m in a rush, but need to sustain myself for a little bit, I’ll grab one. These were perfect when I was in grad school because class 6-10 meant I was always hungry. And when I’m hungry, my stomach growls!
So, those are a few of my healthy eating tips. Of course, I also always try to eat lots of fruits and veggies and get exercise on a regular basis. Another one of my favorite treats? Light Silk Soy Milk. I love the vanilla flavor and not only is it healthy, it tastes like a milkshake!
I’m sure Chels and I will return from the Healthy Living Summit this weekend with some more great ideas for being nutritious and snacking healthy! Do you have any of your own?