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Back to School Snacks

Back to School Season is HERE and I know the aisles are full of all the best snacks, treats, and even Halloween candy already (𝘸𝘒𝘺 𝘡𝘰𝘰 𝘴𝘰𝘰𝘯). ⁣
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One of the biggest downfalls I see amongst my clients is not their actual meals, but rather the snack choices they’re making throughout the day. ⁣
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That being said, I wanted to come up with a list of some healthy back to school, work or even work from home snacks to look out for. ⁣
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Try your best to be sure you’re balancing your snacks with a carbohydrate source, protein, and/or healthy fat. Carb heavy snacks alone will simply spike up your blood sugar and leave you reaching for more sugar shortly after. ⁣
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Also, if you’re someone who struggles with portion control or find yourself munching from the bag, try to pre-portion out your servings as soon as you bring the box home so you’re less likely to overdo it. ⁣
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Take a pick from the protein list, healthy fat list, and carbohydrate list and you have yourself a healthy balanced snack. ⁣
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You can download a PDF with some of my favorites here.
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Here are some Mix & Match Examples: ⁣

  • Rice Thins with Hummus & Veggies
  • Cottage Cheese with Siete Cinnamon Churro Chips & Fruit
  • Apple Slices with Natural Peanut Butter & Cinnamon
  • Rice Thins with Cottage Cheese & Cherry Tomatoes
  • Snackable Veggies with Hummus and/or Avocado
  • Greek Yogurt with Flaxseed & Fruit
  • Adult Lunchable: Simple Mill’s Crackers, Chomps Stick, & Organic Cheddar
  • Cookie Dough Greek Yogurt with Apple Dippers (Recipe coming soon)
  • Cinnamon Roasted Apples with Greek Yogurt, Cinnamon & Sliced Almonds

Also, I know it can be tricky to know what to look for on ingredient labels. My general rule of thumb is the fewer the ingredients, and the more recognizable the better. ⁣
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Ideally try to steer clear of options with added sugars, inflammatory oils (𝘴𝘰𝘺𝘣𝘦𝘒𝘯, 𝘀𝘰𝘳𝘯, 𝘀𝘒𝘯𝘰𝘭𝘒, 𝘴𝘢𝘯𝘧𝘭𝘰𝘸𝘦𝘳, 𝘴𝘒𝘧𝘧𝘭𝘰𝘸𝘦𝘳, & 𝘱𝘦𝘒𝘯𝘢𝘡 𝘰π˜ͺ𝘭𝘴), and processed soy. ⁣
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What’s your go-to snack?! ⁣

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Monster Cookie Bites

Just made these for my sister!!! They were so easy and would be super kid friendly!
Monster Cookie Energy Balls πŸͺ
You’ll need:
✨ 1.5 cups oats
✨ 8 tbs. nut butter of choice
✨ 1/3 cup honey (try to do raw local honey – bonus it can help with allergies)
✨ 1 tsp vanilla extract
✨ 2 tbs. of mini M&M’s
✨ 2 tbs. semi sweet or dark chocolate chips
✳️ Combine all ingredients in a bowl and roll the mixture into balls. Store them in the refrigerator to make them last longer!
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Spaghetti Squash Skillet

A little dinner inspiration for your week! Spaghetti Squash lasagna 🍝 

Ingredients
2 small spaghetti squash (about 1 1/2 pounds each)
2 teaspoons olive oil
(8-ounce) package fresh baby spinach
1/2 cup part-skim ricotta cheese
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 ounces shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese,
1/2 lb 93% lean ground turkey
1 1/2 cups lower-sodium marinara sauce
1 ounce Parmesan cheese, grated (about 1/4 cup)

1. Cut each squash in half lengthwise. Scoop out seeds. Place squash halves, cut sides up, on a baking sheet. Bake at 350Β° for 50 minutes. Scrape inside of squash with a fork to remove spaghetti-like strands.
2. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil to pan. Add spinach; cook until spinach wilts. Remove from heat. Combine spinach mixture, squash strands, ricotta cheese, salt, and half of mozzarella cheese together and remove from skillet.
3. Return skillet to medium-high heat. Add turkey to pan; cook 4 minutes or until browned. Add sauce; cover, reduce heat to medium, and simmer 4 minutes.
4. Mix in spaghetti squash into skillet. Sprinkle evenly with remaining mozzarella cheese and Parmesan cheese. Cook until cheese is melted.

Makes 4 Servings

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