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 😉
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.
I had so much fun testing out new health products, meeting 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 😉
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.
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 😉
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 😉
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 😉
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.A balanced diet is based primarily on whole foods, but can also include healthy packaged snacks #healthysnacking Click To Tweet
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 😉
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??