Staying away from foods that bloat your belly before the beach is helpful, but a girl's got to eat! Grabbing goods from the market is always an available option, but packing some homemade snacks that are easily transportable to the sea can be a real treat. Here are a few ideas we love for picnic-friendly healthy beach eats.
You're famished after a tough, heart-pumping, muscle-burning workout and you're ready to grab a snack. It's important to choose a healthy pick-me-up to refuel your body as well as repair and build your muscles — so no, a doughnut isn't the best choice. Aim for a snack that contains more carbs than protein and a little bit of fat. A rough ratio could be 25 percent protein, 60 percent carbs, and 15 percent fats. Be sure to eat your around 150-calorie snack within 30 minutes of completing your workout. Here are a few you can try.
Vanilla Banana Protein Smoothie
Photo: Leta Shy
Carbs: 25 grams
Fat: 1 gram
Protein: 16 grams
Honey Cinnamon Chickpeas
Carbs: 23 grams
Protein: 6.2 grams
Creamy Peanut Buttery Apples With Grapes
Carbs: 21.5 grams
Protein: 8.4 grams
Keep reading for two more post-workout snack ideas.
Snacking in between meals can help you stay on the right track, but choosing what to eat is key. A well-balanced, nutritious snack that's big on whole foods will do much more for you than a bag of empty calories. The following snacks strike the perfect balance between being filling and satisfying without pushing you over your caloric needs. Read on for some of our favorite sweet and savory snack ideas that are 150 calories or less!
— Additional reporting by Jenny Sugar
When it comes to bridal shower foods, keeping things light, fresh, and elegant is always on point. Find inspiration in these 21 recipes that will help you build a healthy menu that everyone will rave about. In addition to lightened-up classics, there are inventive gluten-free and vegan ideas to make sure that everyone will have something to enjoy at your celebratory soiree.
The right foods are essential for fueling runs — it can help prevent fatigue, cramping, and next-day soreness. While most experienced runners already have their running meal plans down to a science, marathon expos are always a great place to check out what new products are about to hit the market. Maybe trading your tried-and-true bowl of oatmeal for one of these new offerings will be what it takes to get you to that extra mile!
If popularity was any indication, it looks like Koru could be the biggest thing since Greek yogurt. At the Boston Marathon expo, vendors couldn't keep the product in stock fast enough! Described as "creamery style yoghurt," Koru is made from cow's milk and comes in five fruity flavors including mango, passion fruit, and peach. While not as thick as Greek yogurt, the smooth consistency is not thin like most cow's milk yogurt on the market. Koru offers a substantial amount of vitamin D and calcium, and protein clocks in at seven grams per serving. The carbs-to-protein ratio makes it a great snack to have before a longer workout.
Lifeway's frozen kefir treat was the editor favorite by far. A mix between ice cream and frozen yogurt, we loved how tart it tasted while still providing the sweet satisfaction of a dessert. Made from ingredients you can pronounce, it's also high in protein and calcium and full of good-for-you probiotics. Even better is that one serving is less than 100 calories!
The REBOOTizer booth seemed to have the largest group of curious onlookers — and for good reason. It's not news that marathons are taxing on the body, and REBOOTizer sets out to reverse this stress through its blend of proprietary plant enzymes known for their antioxidant levels and natural detoxifying properties. Skeptical? Here's the science that backs up its claims — take a look and then tell us what you think!
A dried mango addiction is no laughing matter to your wallet. A small container can run you almost $10! That's just insane when a fresh mango costs about $2. Aside from costing too much at the health-food store, some dried mango is made with added sugar or preservatives. Save triply on money, calories, and chemicals by making your own homemade chewy treat.
If you need more fiber in your diet, then it's time to turn to the smooth and satisfying avocado. Just half an avocado contains seven grams of fiber. Although high in fat, avocados contain the good-for-you monounsaturated fats (MUFA) your body needs to help lower LDL (bad) cholesterol levels and maintain the HDL (good) ones. Here are nine delectable ways to snack on the melt-in-your-mouth creaminess of an avocado.
It's time to upgrade your standard bowl of steamed edamame. Roasting the fiber-filled soybeans brings extra crunch and flavor and serves as a satisfying post-workout snack or creative salad topper. Keep reading for this healthy recipe.
Many pre-workout snacks involve too much prep time, but this quick fix will help you reserve all your energy for the gym. These peanut butter protein balls taste like chocolate chip cookie dough but offer the ideal blend of protein and carbs you need before a tough strength-training session. Roll these up ahead of time, and pop two an hour before your workout. If you need this simple snack in your life, keep reading for the recipe.
If you're tired of grabbing a sugar-laden bar or greasy bag of chips every time you're in the mood for a snack, we don't blame you! Now more than ever, there are plenty of healthy (and creative) snack options readily available on the market. No need to worry about having fridge access for these five products — each tasty snack will hold up in a desk drawer or gym bag.