Almost four years ago I drastically changed how I ate and increased my daily activity because I was tired of being tired!
It didn’t take long for me to see the positive effects of these changes in my life.
One of the habits I picked up was creating a routine for my daily meals and including snacks. This was really difficult for me because I was not a “snacker.” I was very content with my three meals a day and nothing more.
However, as I became more in tune with how my body reacted to certain foods and activities I realized that by dinner time I was actually very hungry and would either prepare the fastest thing I could think of (pasta) or fill up on bread when I sat down to eat.
Healthy snacking sounded simple, but coming up with quick healthy snacks was difficult. When I was at home I could easily cut up an apple or grab some cheese, but when I was out running around I needed quick options I could keep in my purse.
I realized I needed to have a plan to keep me on track.
Prep on the weekends
Every Sunday evening I would chop up fresh fruit and veggies and package them in snack bags. I would also refill my snack bins (see below) and make a note of what needed to be replaced.
Make your healthy food/ fast food
I purchased plastic bins from the dollar store and use them to store healthy snacks in the fridge as well as in the pantry so when I’m in a rush I can make smart food choices without even thinking about it.
I also bought bins for the kids to make it easy for them to find healthy snack foods and pack their lunch quickly. I’m sure I’m not the only parent who has dealt with children asking what’s for snack every single afternoon. 🙂 With the bins in the pantry and fridge my kids don’t even have to ask if they can have a snack.
If’ it’s in the bin, they can eat it!
Get into a routine
As I mentioned, I rarely crave snacks. I also tend to get busy with projects, school, or work and forget to eat. So by the time I feel hungry, I’m absolutely starving and grab the quickest option available.
I started eating breakfast and lunch at the same time every day and adding in two snacks, one in the morning and one about 3pm. This kept me from overeating during mealtime because I felt like I was famished.
I recently discovered the Orchard Valley Harvest Grab & Go individual packs. These Non-GMO snacks come in a variety of options, including chocolate covered almonds, cranberry almond cashew trail mix, and a variety of dry roasted nut options.
These are great for my kids’ lunches and for me to grab a quick snack during the day. The packs contain no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives which something that makes me happy!
If you are looking for quick, healthy snack options grab a package of Orchard Valley Harvest next time you are grocery shopping.
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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Orchard Valley Harvest . The opinions and text are all mine.