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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Healthier Snacks For Your Beach Bag

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Who is ready for a day at the beach? Towels, check! Swimsuit, check! Sunglasses, check! Healthy snacks...hmmm. What are some easy, portable, healthy snacks to bring to the beach?

Let me share a few of my faves.

1. SuperFood Drink! Drop that iced flavored coffee drink! I have something that is soooooo much healthier that you will love! I love the Super Blends from Temple Turmeric; which includes dairy-free fusions of synergistic, whole-food ingredients like raw honey, cardamom, and healthy fats from coconut milk and hemp milk in modern twists on traditional flavors including:
· Matcha Latte Super Blend features Japanese ceremonial-grade matcha from shade-grown green tea leaves harvested at the peak of nutrition and blended with smooth hemp and coconut milks
· Mexican Chocolate Super Blend combines deeply rich cacao with a delicious cinnamon and cayenne kick for a decadent and classic spiced beverage
· Bullet Brew Turkish Coffee is a cold-brewed take on classic Turkish coffee with hints of aromatic brown cardamom
· Turmeric Golden Mylk is a time-testing Ayurvedic recipe dating back 4,000 years with coconut and hemp milks

I love that these are serious super drinks, but they taste like a treat! As you may know from my post, 4 Spices to Use Now, I love turmeric! I put it in my food, I use it in my lotions, I take it by tablet, and now I drink it. It is a super anti-inflammatory, and it works to get rid of my pain in a flash. These drinks from Temple Turmeric are now a must-have in my kitchen and in my beach bag.
crazy richard's pb burstcrazy richard's cashew buttercrazy richard's creamy pb
2.Protein Boost! After all the swimming you are going to do, you might need a little protein packed snack. How about Crazy Richard’s award-winning nut butters? Their peanut butter is gluten-free and packed with protein, fiber and other essential nutrients, and does not contain added hydrogenated oil, palm oil, sugar or salt. Recognized as the best natural peanut butter by Cooking Light, Men’s Health, Prevention and the New York Times, Crazy Richard’s peanut butter is pure, non-GMO and contains no saturated fat or cholesterol. I also love their almond butter, cashew butter, and PB Burst. The PB Burst not only includes their yummy peanut butter, but it has an added energy burst of B vitamin complex, decaffeinated green tea extract, and natural astaxanthin. And it is perfect to throw in your gym or beach bag!

Another great option for a protein boost is free-range, 100% grass-fed, gluten free, non-GMO, hormone and antibiotic free beef and turkey jerky from The New Primal. Their jerky snacks provide instant energy and real-food protein to keep you going!

Their jerky is a huge step in front of the rest when it comes to sustainability, high quality, and nutrition! Plus, it tastes as good as it sounds. I have always found when you eat the highest quality food, it not only make you feel great, but it tastes the best! This is an easy portable snack that will keep you satisfied for hours!

Another snack that will give you a good protein boost is plant-based Plentils from Enjoy Life Foods. Plentils (such a fun word to say!) are protein-filled lentils that are crunchy, salty and yummy! They can easily replace traditional chips, and give you 40 percent less fat and 3 grams of protein per serving!

Like all Enjoy Life Foods products, Plentils are allergy-friendly and free from the eight most common food allergens (wheat, dairy, peanuts, tree nuts, egg, soy, fish and shellfish), Certified Gluten-Free, Non-GMO Project Verified and made with high-quality ingredients. Varieties include:

Light Sea Salt, my personal favorite with only 5 ingredients! – adds a salty crunch of flavor
Dill & Sour Cream – tangy flavor for a savory bite
Margherita Pizza – the satisfying flavor of pizza and chips in a good-for-you snack
Garlic & Parmesan – traditional flavors burst in every bite

3. Indulgence Maybe you prefer something like Nutella. Spare yourself the GMO and non-organic ingredients in favor of a healthier, higher-quality, better-tasting version. That is right, you can now indulge with Nocciolata (pronounced no-cho-lata), a better-for-you hazelnut spread!
Made with organic ingredients completely free of GMO's, preservatives, colors, additives, or artificial sweeteners, Nocciolata combines hazelnuts, cocoa and cocoa butter, natural vanilla extract, raw cane sugar, and skimmed milk for a chocolate-hazelnut spread with undeniably superior flavor and smooth, creamy texture. Unlike other brands, which use palm oil, Nocciolata is made with environmentally-responsible cold-pressed sunflower oil. It also contains far less sugar than other brands and is free from hydrogenated fats. Still just as tasty, but without all the junk. It is the perfect summer indulgence!

4. Greens! What about veggies? Sure, you can throw in some chopped up carrots and celery to snack on. But, if you want a little more nutrition power, check out one of my favorite green drinks, Green Duo from PINES International. They offer a line of the purest, freshest and nutrient-rich wheatgrass, barley grass, alfalfa and beet juice powder that can be added to your shaker bottle for some instant energy. Just add one teaspoonful of PINES Green Duo, a mix of organic wheatgrass and alfalfa powder, to your water bottle and you get the  same amount of nutrition as a serving of deep-green, leafy vegetables.

Pound for pound, PINES Wheat Grass products are many times richer in chlorophyll and iron than spinach. Protein levels average 25 percent and contain virtually every vitamin known, along with 20 amino acids, including the eight that are considered essential for human health. I feel so much better when I drink my green drink, which is why I rarely ever miss a day of drinking it. Drink up!

5. Dessert! How about a little healthy treat to go in that beach bag? Bare Snacks makes the most delicious Chocolate Bliss Crunchy Coconut Chips. Crafted from sweet and fragrant Nam Hom coconuts grown exclusively in Thailand’s Central Plains, Chocolate Bliss Crunchy Coconut Chips are made with real, whole-food ingredients (coconut, coconut nectar, unsweetened chocolate) and are free of preservatives, gluten, GMOs and are a good source of dietary fiber. Practically a super food, if you ask me! They are the perfect way to bring your chocolate to the beach without it melting, and you do not have to feel guilty about indulging in a sweet treat!

Have fun this summer, now that you know how to bring your healthy lifestyle to the beach with you!


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    1. Yes, I love my drink! I mix the wheat grass powder with my Shaklee Energizing Pomegranate Tea -

  2. I would definitely like the SuperFood Drink. That would be terrific for me at work in the afternoons. We have tired the Crazy Richard’s nut butter, it is terrific.
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  3. I had never heard of most of these brands. I will have to check them out, especially the Temple Tumeric drinks


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