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4 Tips to a Healthier Halloween!

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Candy Jars (or really large bowls like we have in my house) are staples this time of year!

But what if you want to give the kids something a little healthier….. instead of just another high calorie candy bar? Here are some of the tips KIND Bar and I came up with:

1. Pick snacks with something nutritional (nuts, organic, dried fruit, etc.)

If you’re looking into handing out candy from the usual candy bags, choose something with some sort of nutritional component. For example, kisses with almonds and peanut m&ms include healthy nuts, some chocolate bars have dried fruit and Annie’s Organic fruit snacks make an unhealthy treat healthier!

Choosing smart candies (like Justin’s mini peanut butter cups) helps to make Halloween just a little bit healthier.

2. Swapping candy for healthier snacks like protein bars, cookies, etc.

So many candy bars are loaded with sugar and additives! Why not swap out the old for something healthy and new?! Try adding KIND Bars, little bags of nuts, trail mix, or organic dried fruit to your bowl this year! The kids will love having full size bars and snacks to munch on and their parents will be thankful too! 🙂

Smaller protein bars like Detour Simple or SMART Bars or KIND Pressed bars make great offerings.

3. Add fun items to your jar like tattoos, stickers, toys.

Hit up your local Dollar Store for neat toys that won’t break the bank! It doesn’t always have to be about edible goods! 🙂

4. Make your own treats!

If you have the time, it’s pretty cool to make your own treats! I made these rice crispy treats using Love Grown Bats & Boos cereal (made from beans!). Check out the recipe here.

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You could also make some yummy caramel apples, chocolate peanut butter cups or protein cookies!

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Here is a quick reference that I found helpful in regards to sugar consumption!

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Halloween is about having fun and enjoying time with the kids. Let’s make it less about eating candy and more about making memories this year!! 🙂

 

 

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Baked Hard Boiled Eggs

In case anyone else is late to the party like myself…. BAKED hard boiled eggs are WAY EASIER!

Here is how I did it:

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Start by preheating your oven to 325* and put your nice big organic brown eggs in a standard muffin tin.

Once the oven reaches the desired temperature, put your eggs in and set the time for 30 minutes.

When you hear the annoying chirp of your friendly reminder, take the eggs out and throw them into an ice bath to stop the cooking.

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Wait about 10 minutes or until the eggs are cool to the touch to begin peeling. I found it easiest to peel when the eggs are still verrrrrrrry slightly warm.

I had to feed and put Rian down for a nap so some of the eggs sat in the water a little longer and it was noticeably harder to peel them. I also found that the darker the shell was, the harder it was to peel. Weird?

Anywho, the eggs turned out PERFECTLY. 🙂

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Ketogenic Diet Aids in Preventing Alzheimer’s Disease – My New Diet!

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1 cup of egg whites, 1 cup spinach, 4oz ground turkey cooked with cumin + red chili powder & 1/2tsp coconut oil

What is a ketogenic diet? In very basic terms: you eat moderate protein, high fat and low carb.

A ketogenic diet has been shown to help Alzheimer’s Disease by reducing the risk and severity. “Why does a ketogenic diet show promise? Research clearly establishes a strong link between blood sugar disorders and the various dementia stages, including memory loss, mild cognitive impairment (MCI), and Alzheimer’s. The most predominate blood sugar disorders are insulin resistance and diabetes. In fact, the link is so obvious some researchers have labeled Alzheimer ’s disease as “type 3 diabetes”.

I’ll spare you all of the details, but it truly is fascinating if you care to research it a bit more! 🙂

So, with all of this information & a strong run of Alzheimer’s Disease in my family, I have decided to alter my own diet. I have been eating lower carb for a few years now just because I feel better while doing it. Now, I am really going to try and pay more attention to the types of carbs I am consuming and at what point during the day I do so.

Here is how I am changing my diet to be more keto-ish:

Timing – I have been eating late at night (usually a Lenny & Larry’s Complete Cookie) and starting my day out at about 5:30am with a FlapJacked Mighty Muffin. Now, I will allow my body time to process the food I eat during the day and rest. Fasting for a certain period of time (in my case from about 7:00pm (after dinner) to around 10:00am (when my body typically is hungry)) also helps to produce ketones that make great brain fuel.

Macro Intake: I have already been eating high protein and lower carb, but now I will make it a priority to eat more healthy fats and make smarter choices when it comes to my carb intake (good bye cruel processed carbs!). I will be focusing on lots of vegetables & greens. I haven’t eaten a whole lot of rice, potatoes or pasta since losing weight anyway, but if I did, I would limit that for sure. I am also (as hard as this will be) really limiting my fall beer intake (say a prayer for me).

Back in my competition prep days, I use to start my day with coconut oil and coffee. Going back to this ideology, I will be consuming coffee and MCT Oil when I work in the morning until I break my fast at around 10am. This will help my body get use to burning fat for fuel instead of glucose (aka carbs).

Supplements: Along with MCT Oil, I have a number of supplements that I take to improve brain health and functionality. These include: a multivitamin, fish oil, CoQ10, Tumeric, Vitamin D,  L-Glutathione and FitBiotic plus BCAAs and lots of water.

*I am not going to count my calories but I will be logging in MFP to start out with just to watch my fat intake and make sure I am hitting around where I’d like to be. 

So there you have it! I will report back on how I feel and the changes I notice based on my mood and overall health. 🙂 I am hoping for increased brain functionality, a clearer mind, and less tiredness!

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LALA Yogurt Smoothies

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I feel like I am usually running around like a chicken with my head cut off…. with a baby, 2 grandparents with Alzheimer’s, a new job and a business to run, life gets HECTIC REALLY QUICKLY.

Snacks are very important in my house – whether I need them to grab before running off to doctors appointments, to feed a grandparent (they eat horrifically little meals these days!), or to fuel up post workout, I am always on the lookout for something versatile.

LALA Yogurt Smoothies are a great addition to my snack stash! LALA provides nutrition and peace of mind for me.

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My grandpa LOVED the Toasted Pecan flavor!

Because he has Alzheimer’s, my grandpa has a hard time holding things, using utensils and eating in general. LALA is great for him because he can just drink it without having to worry about using a spoon like with a traditional cup of yogurt.

Grandpa is constantly racing around with his walker too, so portability is a must for him 🙂 Plus, it’s a great way to get some extra calories in!

 

I personally loved the Wild Strawberry greek yogurt smoothie. Protein content is always on my mind; so, having 12g of on-the-go protein was key for me!

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Nutrition wise, each smoothie runs around 150 calories. They are cheap on the calorie count, but definitely not cheap in flavor! It sure doesn’t hurt that each smoothie has calcium and Vitamins A & D in them as well 😉

Not only are the LALA smoothies delicious, they are healthy and nutritious too. They are perfect for post workout re-fuels, morning commutes, kids snack time, lunch breaks, desserts, etc.

So, if you are looking for an easy-to-grab, portable, protein-packed addition to your diet, look no further!

 

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of LALA Yogurt Smooothies. The opinions and text are all mine.

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Favorite On-The-Go Protein Sources

I feel like I am constantly on the go; doctors appointments, personal training sessions, froyo… I am one busy mama 😉

Trying to keep up a fairly decent protein intake can sometimes get tricky. More often than not, I try to stick with lean protein choices (think chicken, ground turkey, etc.) but some days, I just need a quick-grab kind of item! So, for those days… these are the products you can usually find me noshing on:

Detour Protein Bars

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Why do I love these bars over all of the rest? Because they taste like candy bars – and my inner fat girl loves that aspect.

Detour Bars are full of taste but easy on the calories clocking in at just 230 calories for the full size Simple bar (they also offer snack sizes which are fab for mid day snacks!).

With 20g of protein, 6g of fiber and only 4g of sugar, these little protein beasts will satisfy a sweet tooth while keeping you fuller for longer.

(Get 20% your first order with code “myfittinglife” at checkout!)

 

FlapJacked Mighty Muffins

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Gluten free, high fiber AND they have probiotics?! YES PLEASE!

Mighty Muffins are amazing for quick grabs in the morning. I personally start EVERY morning with a mighty muffin. I know, I know… do I really do that? YES I DO. Why? Because they get me through training clients and my own workout. Also, because they are freakin delicious and I love eating chocolate cake for breakfast.

 

Siggis Yogurt Cups

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For my dairy loving friends… YOU NEED TO TRY THIS.

Every flavor is amazing and only has about 100 calories per serving. High protein, sweet without being obnoxious, and good for your gut… sign me up!

You can also get drinkable Siggis yogurt as well as to go tubes!

 

 

Powerful Yogurt Drink

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I’m usually not a protein shake kind of girl… in fact, I RARELY like to drink my nutrients… it just makes me hungry. And hungry Kelly is never good (ask my sisters!)…

This protein drink is AWESOME and totally changed my mind! Its only about 160 calories with 20g of protein! BOOM.

Perfect for post workout, mid day snacks, or even for the kids. If you like coffee, make sure to check out their mocha double espresso flavor – it’s got a kick!

 

Body Nutrition Sample Protein Packs

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Traveling? Need something to keep at the office or in your purse? Then try stocking up on some sample protein packs!

I LOVE Body Nutrition’s Trutein and Gardenia (vegan option) products. I find the flavors to be on point with no weird after taste – we’ve all had the one weird flavor that sticks around in the back of your throat – EW.

The best thing about these packs? You can one of EVERY flavor they offer for only $1.99 each!

Gotta love a company that stands behind a product and let’s you see for yourself before ordering an outrageously huge container 😉

 

 

So, the next time you’re on-the-go, try some of these options! 🙂 What are some of your favorite on-the-go treats? Share below!!

 

 

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Sustainable Weight Loss

What is the number one thing I always say when someone asks me about losing weight? Never start anything you can’t do for the rest of your life. 

“But this shake diet is totally natural and accounts for your whole day of fruits and vegetables! – I don’t mind eating chicken and broccoli for every meal! – I can eliminate sugar for the rest of my life, the first week is the hardest anyway!” I hear all of these and more ——> ok, keep telling yourself that. 

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I advocate for a non calorie counting lifestyle plan in most cases. What does this mean?

  • protein with every meal
  • veggies with most meals (think nutrient dense foods!)
  • complex carbs
  • healthy fats
  • portion control
  • watching sugar intake
  • and incorporating more leafy, dark greens

I truly believe that if you just watch the foods you bring into your house and put onto your plate, you will lose weight without counting anything. 

Often times, clients will say they don’t have time to count calories. I get it – it’s time consuming and it can become addictive. The only time I really feel counting calories is necessary is when you have hit a plateau in your weight loss and can’t seem to get out of it. This is when knowing what you are taking in & what you are burning is important. Why? Because not taking in enough or eating too much can both stall weight loss. 

Theoretically, you won’t be counting calories for the rest of your life. However, If you can avoid it, I highly suggest doing so.

Learning to live a healthy lifestyle, instead of heading straight for the quick fix diet programs, is the only way to achieve sustainable weight loss. Being conscious of food choices and living in moderation allows us to enjoy the foods we love on occasion without feeling guilty.

So, stick to the guidelines above and enjoy life, losing weight and eating good food.

 

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