The time has come to get your glow on! Once you start eating better, you start feeling better. Below are two of my favorite spring smart snacks to give you clear skin, lasting energy, and curb unhealthy cravings. These snacks are staples and almost always included in my Custom Nutrition Programs which you can find on my website, Vibrant Healthy Life.
The Zesty Lemon Avocado Mash
One of my favorite stress reducing spring bites that I almost always suggest to clients is my zesty lemon avocado mash. The perfect 3 p.m. pick me up and hanger preventer.
Mash up 1/2 of a small avocado (the ideal snack size), then add a dash of sea salt and freshly squeezed lemon. If you are on the run or at work, simply do a little planning in advance. Just like any muscle, the more you practice planning the easier it gets. First and foremost, the myth that fat is bad drives me crazy. Avocados are packed with heart healthy monounsaturated fats. These fats have been proven to reduce stress as well as increase post-meal satisfaction levels. Moreover, avocados contain plant protein to keep you more full for a longer amount of time, give you lasting energy and curb unhealthy junk food cravings.
Adding the lemon will help reduce stomach bloating, strengthen immunity, and help clear up blemishes due to the high vitamin C content. For more skin clearing snacks check out my skin clearing French Fry video here and my recent TV appearance here. Lemon also will prevent this splendid spring bite from turning brown if you are at work. If you are craving a crunchy munch instead of a mash, try dipping in some freshly sliced red bell peppers which are huge immune system boosters and loaded with skin clearing vitamin C.
My Sweet Cinnamon Apple Almond Butter Sandwich
Spread 1/2 tablespoon of almond butter over two apple slices. Add cinnamon and nutmeg to the almond butter before spreading. It is very easy to go almond butter crazy; keep your portions in check to make this a smart snack.
If you know that the jar will be gone in five minutes try another snack – everyone is different. Apples are one of my favorite healthy carbohydrates and are packed with fiber, keeping you full and satisfied for a longer amount of time. Not to mention the combination of different vitamins in apples is great for banishing blemishes. Pairing an apple with almond butter will keep your blood sugar levels stable, which will reduce your cravings for junk food. Cinnamon and nutmeg are two of my favorite slimming spices because they are both natural metabolism boosters and increase your post-meal satisfaction levels.
Remember to focus on progress, not perfection. For more easy recipes check out my library of Eat Yourself Gorgeous Meal Makeover Videos and swing by my website www.VibrantHealthyLife.com to connect with me!