#HH30Days Snacktime!

 

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So have you signed up for the #HH30Days challenge yet? I have! And I am determined to stick to it for 30 days!  How do I plan on doing that while also working full time and dealing with life in general? Good question!

Planning

So let’s think about this: if I want to eat healthy things, then I have to have healthy things available to me. That means I need to shop on HH’s site for delicious things that I want to eat, and it just so happens that one of my favorite things on the planet is tzatziki. To be even more specific, Cava Mezze’s tzatziki. I’ve googled online for the recipe more times than I care to admit, but now I don’t have to because I can just order it and have it ready-made and in my bag on my delivery morning. JACK. POT. I could eat it with a spoon, but I use celery instead:

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Another favorite is guacamole and chips, but I keep it healthy by substituting red peppers for chips.  Still delicious!

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Prep work

For me, and for many people I think, the most important part of the week is the part before it even starts. Basically, Sunday night. If I prepare and plan on Sunday night, then I have healthy options in the fridge that make it easy to grab and go. If I have to work late, then I have to take all of my meals with me, and that’s especially doable if I have a fridge full of healthy prepared meals. So I take all the yummy things I got in my bag and make them into something delicious. This week, it was a quinoa salad with corn, black beans, red peppers, mango, and…spring garlic! I am obsessed with it lately!

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PROTEIN (MY BFF)

So really, my sister is my BFF, but protein is a close second.   It helps me feel full on fewer calories, so that’s a win right there.

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Pairing protein and veggies or fruit is an excellent way to feel full on a smaller total amount of calories. For example, celery and tzatziki (can you tell I love that snack?), carrots and hummus, an apple and peanut butter, hard boiled eggs…it’s all a win, because they will keep you feeling satiated and not ravenous for longer than a bag of chips will.

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Share your favorite healthy snack below!

Hometown Harvest’s Spring Celebration Green Smoothie

Bag items: bananas, strawberries, Greek yogurt, kale, nut butter
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Well, after a long winter, I personally am thrilled that it is FINALLY Spring!  I think my favorite produce has to be strawberries.  I buy them in bulk from HH, eat most of them, freeze some of them, and then I make smoothies year-round with them.  Well, strawberry season is almost here, and along with it, the rest of Spring’s yummy produce, like asparagus and rhubarb!  I’m so excited!

So let’s start the season with a fresh and yummy smoothie.  This one has everything you need available to toss in your shopping bag and make your life easier.  I like making these in bulk, separating them into drinkable containers, then I have breakfast every morning when I rush out the door.  Healthy and easy!

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Now smoothies with kale have become quite popular, and for good reason: you get all of the vitamins and nutrients of the dark leafy greens, especially vitamin K, but it’s largely undetectable to those who might otherwise not love the taste of kale!  I have a good layering technique for all of you smoothie lovers out there-keep reading!

Start by adding milk to your blender, then the nut butter, yogurt, and strawberries:

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Then add the kale:

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Then add the banana on top.  I like using the banana to weigh down the other ingredients so they don’t get stuck in the blender:

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Blend it up:

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Pour and enjoy!

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Hometown Harvest’s Spring Celebration Green Smoothie

Ingredients

3/4 c. milk (any kind is fine)
1/2 c. strawberries, hulled
1 Tbsp. nut butter
1/2 c. plain Greek yogurt
1 c. kale leaves, loosely packed
1 banana

Instructions:

  • Add the milk, yogurt, strawberries, and nut butter to the blender.
  • Add the kale leaves, then place the banana on top to weigh down the kale.
  • Blend and enjoy!