Healthy Snacking My Way

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A while back, I blogged about the Graze Boxes that my mom and I order.  Today I’m going to talk about healthy snacking my way. There are so many options when it comes to healthy snacking.  I took a picture of my latest purchases.  As a dancer, I want to eat in the healthiest way possible without sacrificing flavor.  For me, learning to do so has been a journey. I love sweets and candy and often find them hard to resist!  I’m still eating from graze boxes, but I’m also looking for better variety.  There are so many choices and a lot of athletes have their favorites.  My sister’s boyfriend plays a lot of soccer. He recently bought me some pistachio trail mix, sweet potato tortilla chips, baked vegetable crisps and coconut water.  He loves coconut water and he said it gives him a change from regular energy drinks.  The coconut water tasted ok, but I didn’t love it.  The pistachio trail mix was pretty good and I liked the sweet potato chips. They had good flavor.

Gluten Free Chips and Crisps

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So the crisps, chips and trail mix I tried are all gluten free. So what does gluten free mean? Protein gluten is found in grains such as wheat, barley, rye, and a cross between wheat and rye called triticale. People with Celiac Disease can’t eat gluten. More than two and one-half million Americans are undiagnosed and are at risk for long-term health complications from Celiac Disease.  Although I’m not allergic to gluten, these snacks are very healthy. Pistachio Trail Mix is  from 180snacks; Sweet Potato chips are from Food Should Taste Good; and Baked Vegetable Crisps are from Good Natured Selects.

Greek Yogurt

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Greek yogurt is one of the biggest health food sellers in the United States.  According to the website Statista, Greek yogurt sales have increased from 4% of the US market in 2008 to more than 52% of the US Market in 2014. Greek yogurt is different from traditional yogurt because it’s been strained to remove most of the liquid whey, lactose, and sugar. This gives the Greek yogurt its thick consistency. So compared to regular yogurt, Greek has more protein and less sugar.   So I bought two popular brands of Greek yogurt, Chobani and Oikos.  I tried both Greek yogurt brands with fruit already in them (pineapple and peach).  They were pretty good. Then I bought plain yogurt made by each brand.  Whether it be Chobani or Oikos, eating the plain yogurt is definitely an acquired taste.  So I decided to add some honey to help with the taste.  It sweetened it a bit. I’m going to try adding my own fruit to the plain yogurt as well. Since I love mango, I’ll start there!

Fruit

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Sometimes, fresh fruit and dried fruit is an easy snack that I like to grab on the go.  Apples, plums, and of course my favorite mango are easy to clean and eat. Until next time, I’ll talk about popcorn and granola bars.