At the start of every New Year, we always jot down our resolutions for the months ahead. And each year at least one item on our list that has to do with sticking to our health and fitness routines. Now, we know as well as anyone that a healthy lifestyle starts by making smart choices when it comes to what you eat.
You might remember NatureBox from our blog about how to stay healthy over the holidays… but if you aren’t familiar, here’s a little bit of background. NatureBox is a monthly subscription service that delivers healthy and delicious snack options right to your door. Every month, they’ll send you a whole box filled with your favorite bites so you can snack smarter all month long. Some of our favorites are their Honey Dijon Pretzels, Guacamole Bites and their Carrot Strawberry Fruit Chews. Not only do the snacks taste great, but they’re also made from wholesome ingredients and are nutritionist-approved. You won’t find any high fructose corn syrup, trans fats, or partially hydrogenated oils in any of their foods.
So, with a healthy New Year in mind, we decided to get together with NatureBox and put together some snack swap ideas for all of you. We know it’s hard to go from indulging in holiday sweets to eating a perfectly clean diet. When those cravings for chips or cookies won’t leave you alone, just take a look at these smarter snack alternatives. Here’s to a healthy and happy 2015! Take look…
Instead of Sugary Cereal…
If you ask us, the first meal of the day is the most important. It gets your metabolism going and sets the tone for how you’ll eat all day long. So instead of going for a box of sugary cereal, opt for a bowl of oatmeal or Greek yogurt. NatureBox’s nutritionist, Melanie, says “Oatmeal and Greek yogurt are a great addition to your morning routine. They are filled with protein, which will help you feel full longer throughout the day.” You can sprinkle granola on top to add a little bit of crunch and some extra flavor (we love NatureBox’s French Toast Granola and Cherry Vanilla Granola).
Instead of Candy…
Craving something sweet? Instead of going for a piece of candy, indulge your sweet tooth with dried fruit from NatureBox. Our favorites are the Big Island Pineapple and Dried Cherries. Both are made with only one ingredient, have no added sugar or sulfites and are non-GMO. They’ll cure that sweet tooth in a snap!
Instead of Cheesy Crackers…
For all you cheese lovers out there…believe it or not, eating a real slice of cheese is a better option than reaching for a cheese-flavored snack. So next time you have a craving for a bag of cheese flavored crackers, treat yourself to a slice of the real deal instead. It’ll satisfy that craving and keep your hunger at bay. And, here’s a bonus tip from Melanie for snacking on cheese: “Make sure to pre-portion it to 1-oz servings (about the size of a pair of dice) before you take it with you. That way you don’t find yourself tempted to overeat.” So smart!
Instead of a Bag of Chips…
Many of us fall victim to the mid-day snack attack, which is where this next tip comes in: If you find yourself craving something salty and spicy but it’s not quite dinnertime, we’ve got you covered. Ditch the chips and try going for NatureBox’s Sriracha Roasted Cashews or Jalapeño Cashews. Cashews are known for having less total fat than other nuts, and these delicious little bites will give you an extra boost of energy while you snack. They’ll also satisfy that salty snack craving in no time.
Instead of Soda…
We all know soda isn’t good for you. So, instead of grabbing that next soda can, opt for sparkling water. You can add fresh fruit or mint to get lots of flavor without adding those extra calories. Melanie says, “Drinking water helps your body feel energized and healthy. It can help also curb your appetite. I love adding lime to my water for a fresh taste.”
Instead of a Cookie…
After dinner, we all crave a little something sweet. So, instead of grabbing a cookie for dessert, why not try NatureBox’s Peanut Butter Nom Noms? They’re made with whole grain rolled oats, almonds and peanut butter, and we have to say… they’re better than most cookies out there. And here’s a bonus: Almonds and peanut butter add protein that helps build and keep muscles strong. Win, win.
Are you ready to start snacking smarter? If you sign up for NatureBox today, you’ll get a free sample box of some of their most loved snacks! Click here to get started.
UPDATE: We have our winner! Congratulations to Erin, you’ve won a one-year subscription to NatureBox!
One lucky LC.com reader will win a free one-year subscription to NatureBox! Here’s how to enter:
- Browse. Click here to browse through NatureBox’s list of snacks and choose the ones that you’d like to try!
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- Wait. The contest is open for a week, so make sure to check back next Monday to see if you won!
Good luck and happy snacking! And thank you to NatureBox for such a delicious giveaway!
XO Team LC
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