Hello Friends!

I hope your weeks are off to a great start so far! I’ve got a day of fun ahead of me by combining my knowledge of the hotel industry with my passion for fitness, which I’m SUPER excited about! More about that in a later post though πŸ˜‰

I’m still buzzing from the excitement of the Canadian Health Food Association trade show I attended on Sunday. I pretty much died and went to Health Conscious Foodie Heaven.

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Does that not look ah-MAZING?!

I had so much fun testing out new health products, meetingΒ like-minded healthy foodies, and connecting with some great brands so I can continue to help you simplify your healthy living strategies.

Not surprisingly, the Vega booth was one of my favourites πŸ˜‰

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I’ve seen their blender bike at a few different events before, but I’d never actually had the chance to blend my own smoothie with it! I’m now determined to get an indoor trainer and to find a way to hook Lucy up to a blender. I made a super basic smoothie with it – just pineapple, mango, coconut milk, and Almond Coconut Vega One – but for some reason it tasted WAY better out of a bike-powered blender.

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I kept my eye open for new trends in the health food industry, but the only real trend (if you can even call it that) is that the popularity of better-for-you snack options is just growing and growing!

There was still a lot of emphasis on items being gluten-free, sweetened with less-refined and more natural sugars, and having superfood properties. And while I still came across some products with questionable ingredients, I feel like more and more companies are realizing that heavily-processed goods with mile-long ingredients lists just aren’t gonna cut it in today’s world.

All in all, it’s an exciting time to be a fan of healthy snacks πŸ˜‰

Now first and foremost I like to put an emphasis on taking in the majority of my calories from real, whole food – fruit and greens blended into a nutrient-dense smoothie, some homemade trailmix, or my energy balls make up a large portion of my snacking.

But better-for-you snack bars definitely have their place in a healthy lifestyle. Some weeks I don’t have time to make my energy balls, I occasionally run out of nuts, and every so often I just don’t feel like drinking kale. Shocking, I know πŸ˜‰

I always keep at least a few snack bars on hand for when I’m on the go or craving something a little on the sweeter side. A few things I look for include:

  • The sugar content. If it’s higher in sugar, where is that sugar coming from? If a bar has more than 10 grams of sugar I’ll try to save it for just before or just after a workout.
  • The fat content. A lot of better-for-you snack bars are higher in fat because they contain nuts and seeds. Which is a good thing! But even good things need to be consumed in moderation, and if a bar contains around half my daily fat intake I’ll try to save it for a time where I’ll be without food for quite awhile.
  • The carb content. Just like with the bars that are higher in sugar, I’ll save the higher-carb bars for days where I’m more active.
  • The ingredients list. I try to avoid packaged foods that contain tons of preservatives, stabilizers, and fillers. The fewer ingredients the better. But that’s just my preference πŸ˜‰

In addition to testing out a variety of healthy snack bars yesterday, I also came across tons of varieties of vegetable chips, popcorn, coconut chips, and more!

So while a healthy diet is composed primarily of whole, nutrient-dense foods, it can definitely be in your best interest to keep some healthy snacks on hand for when hunger strikes and you’re out and about.

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And I’ve been known to occasionally curb a nighttime sweet tooth with a nut and seed bar coated with a delicious layer of dark chocolate πŸ˜‰

So how about you – what’s your take on packaged health foods? Yay or nay? Do you have any favourites you think I should know about??

 

 

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  • Jaime
    Reply

    Haha, I like the bike blender. I’ve become a little more conscious of packaged snack foods; I tend to make my own granola bars rather than the premade, but I do still buy boxed on occasion.

    • iIndira
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      I still buy packaged but I do watch the contents …. Majority of my snacks are whole foods …I live of off fruit and veggies

      • Ariana
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        Fruits & veggies are where it’s at!! I think that when a diet is comprised mainly of whole foods that packaged foods here and there are a fine addition.

    • Ariana
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      It was a lot of fun!

      I’m with you on homemade granola bars – they’re the best! Do you have any recipes you like in particular?

  • PBPearls
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    I’ve become more conscious as well of what I’m eating lately. I buy boxed snacks and low calorie items but it’s really best to just eat 6 meals a day and have healthy homemade snacks.

    • Ariana
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      That’s great you’re becoming more aware of what you’re eating! I think the best way to eat is one that’s sustainable and makes you feel good, inside and outside πŸ™‚

  • Good Enuf Mommy
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    Great idea! I’m also very conscious when it comes to healthy snacks, especially about sugar. Most people don’t realize 4g of sugar = 1 tsp. That adds up fast!

    • Ariana
      Reply

      It definitely does!! I don’t think people realize that sugar is hiding under tons of different names either.

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