This spring, I’m trying to take a healthy approach. When I began trying on my spring/summer clothes, I realized that winter wasn’t too kind to my body. Too many cold days and too much comfort food, left this mommy in an unhealthy state. To revamp my life, I enrolled in an exercise program with an awesome coach, who will not only motivate me but keep me accountable for my workouts. Its at home, done when I have free time and very challenging. As hard as the workouts are, they are not enough to cause the change I want. To become healthy, I need to change my eating habits. I need to say good by to sugars, chips and chocolate and start incorporating more natural, clean food into my diet.
The Healthy Shopper is always a great place to start. This season they have taken two conventional snack foods and swapped them for alternatives with all natural ingredients.
The first option, Earth Balance P.B. Popps, is a delicious popcorn coated with oats and cuddled in a peanut butter cluster that make a yummy snack. They are Non-GMO, Vegan, Dairy and Gluten-Free and have 0 g of trans fats. Believe me they are mouth watering! When I’m having a bad day or need to cheat on my health eating this is a great alternative to my normal chocolate bar or bag of chips.
Earth Balance P.B. Popps retail for $5.99.
The second option, Earth Balance Creamy Coconut and Peanut Spread, is great twist on an old childhood classic. It is filling, nutritious and a great healthy eating option. High in protein, potassium, fiber, healthy fats, magnesium, Vitamin E and antioxidants this is the perfect side kick for toast, in stir-fry dishes, smoothies and even as a warm dip for crisp apples or celery.
Earth Balance Creamy Coconut and Peanut Spread retails for $6.99.
Sometimes, when I think about my workouts, I feel drained and defeated. I don’t want to do them and I’ll come up with any excuse I can to get out of them. However, when you have a coach like mine, you feel obligated to meet her expectations. To help pull myself out of a mid-afternoon slump and to give myself a boost of energy to complete my workouts to my fullest, I discovered this tiny treat that contains the goodness of peanut butter with a kick!
No-Bake Peanut Butter Energy Bites