Snack Healthy for #NationalSnackMonth

January 28, 2019

February is #nationalsnackmonth and we have plenty of healthy snack ideas to keep you noshing clean all year! Whether you prefer sweet or savory snacks, we’ve got tons of simple recipes as well as yummy on-the-go options to keep you and your family fueled between meetings, work, school, sports, and all the other activities that make up your life. We’ve even got some fantastic ideas for satisfying more indulgent cravings with healthier options so you can snack without compromising your health and fitness goals!

February can be a cold and dreary month depending on where you live, and this sunny turmeric mango smoothie is sure to brighten your day and transport you somewhere warmer and brighter, even for just a few delicious minutes of sipping bliss. Plus, this smoothie is loaded with vitamin c and anti-inflammatory powerhouses turmeric and mango, and can help clarify dull winter skin.  

Protein bites are a scrumptious way to satisfy a sweet tooth with clean, wholesome ingredients like dates, coconut oil, almond butter, chia seeds, and organic protein powder. Try these peppermint cocoa bites, pumpkin spice protein balls, or these chocolate chip cookie dough protein bites to see for yourself the difference a clean, nutritious indulgence can make!

Healthy doughnuts, chia pudding, protein oatmeal cookies, and nut butter with sliced fruit are all delicious examples of tasty, easy snacks to have on hand for when hunger strikes. Stocking your gym bag, car, desk drawer, pantry, and the kids’ lunchboxes with organic protein bars is another simple way to snack and with a full spectrum of flavors, there’s plenty of variety! Orgain Simple Bars are chock full of plant based protein and have our shortest ingredient list yet… plus they come in delicious flavors like chocolate almond sea salt, blueberry almond, and chocolate peanut butter. Orgain Kids Protein Bars are perfectly portioned to give kiddos energy, protein, and scrumptious flavor throughout the day or for after-school in chocolate brownie, chocolate chip, and peanut butter.

Veggie sticks and superfoods beet hummus is a classic snack, and adding protein powder to the dip enhances its flavor and gives an even greater protein punch. Seasoned popcorn is a delicious source of fiber which keeps you feeling full longer and aids in healthy digestion. Try sprinkling fresh popcorn with nutritional yeast and a touch of sea salt that tastes similar to that powdery orange “cheese” on less virtuous processed cheese puffs and popcorns. Fermented foods such as kimchi, sauerkraut, dill carrots, and beets are rich in probiotics and promote gut health and better digestion. They are excellent spooned onto seedy crackers, tossed into salads, or as a sandwich topping. Olives and cheese and a handful of seasoned mixed nuts are a satisfying snack with protein and healthy fats, just be mindful of the portions and the sodium content and always, stay hydrated!

The keys to healthy snacking lie in variety, balance, and keeping an eye on portion. Finding healthy snacks that offer protein, fiber, healthy fats, vitamins, and minerals will support your health and active lifestyle, instead of junky snack foods slowing you down or defeating your health goals. Did we miss any of your favorite healthy snacks? Let us know!

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