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Healthy Snacks to Keep You Full

Snacking is one of America’s greatest past times, let’s be honest. And in in further honesty, snacking doesn’t have to be bad! Keep your snacks healthy and filling, and you’ll avoid those “fluff foods” that only provide empty calories.

Hummus

  • Chickpeas, like most beans, prove an excellent source of fiber. Most store-bought hummus’ contain 2.5-3 grams of fiber per serving. You can of course, make your own, and know exactly what goes in it! Just throw chickpeas in your food processor, then add yummy flavors like lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, and cumin.

Avocados

  • Did you know that just one cup of (about one whole) avocado contains TEN grams of fiber?? Throw some fresh avocado and a hard boiled egg together, and you’ve got a delicious, filling breakfast.

Lentils

  • Lentils get their filling power from their levels of both protein and fiber. Just one cup of lentils contains 16 grams of fiber, and 18 grams of protein! Talk about power-packed. Plus, they are gluten-free, so if you have a sensitivity they are a great way to get nutrients! Just toss them in a veggie soup for lunch to keep you going through the day.

Pears

  • 1 medium-sized pear  contains 6 grams of fiber; pair this with some protein for a mid-morning or afternoon snack and you will be sure to fight off a grumbling tummy!

Almonds

  • Almonds are a great snack to have on hand for when you just need something crunchy. With 17 grams of fiber and 30 grams of protein in one cup, a small amount will keep your hunger at bay in between meals. Just be careful you don’t eat large amounts, however, as their calorie level is high.
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The Best Snack Boxes

Having healthy snacks on hand just makes life easier. Having them delivered to your door will make staying on track enjoyable, and keep things fun! Whether you are trying to achieve a weight loss goal or just enjoy eating healthy these snack boxes have great, healthy options that will keep you happy with yourself!

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Urthbox

With options ranging from $9-$49 per month, Urthbox offers full-size snacks from great companies! You can specify dietary preferences, and receive drinks and snacks that you might not even know exist. You can even request non food items such as supplements, personal hygiene items and skin care products.

Nature Box

Nature box has their own line of snacking items, and they allow you to try a sample box for FREE. Similar to Urthbox, you can specify dietary preferences such as gluten free or vegan, and if their are certain snacks you prefer, you can choose which items come in your box each month (the Cashew Power Clusters are DIVINE :) ).

Graze

Graze boxes come with four deliciously healthy snacks, easily delivered to your door each month.Their snacks include quality ingredients, hand-picked by their in-house nutritionist. They also have a calorie count box, with their lowest-calorie options for those concerned with numbers. You can even have it delivered to your office!

Nibblr

Focused mainly around fruits and nuts, Nibblr provides you with 4 snacks either weekly or monthly. If you are looking for easy snacks with minimal ingredients (but lots of nutrients), Nibble is the way to go! While they do have gluten free and vegan options, it is not as easy to specify dietary preferences on their site so you need to take a look at the ingredients list before you place an order.

Blissmo Breakbox

Blissmo is the way to go if you are looking for healthy snacks to keep your employees energized. Their box sizes range from 15-60 snacks and can be easily displayed in the lunchroom or common area of an office. You can choose gluten free options if necessary, and snacks differ each month so you don’t get bored.

 

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Banana Bread Granola Bars

Adapted from Running With Spoons, these Banana Bread Granola Bars will blow. Your. MIND. Seriously. If you love your granola bars soft and sweet, these are the way to go. PLUS they are easy, gluten free, and don’t take any time at all to make.

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1 ½ Cup Oats
1 Banana, mashed
½ Cup Honey
1 Tablespoons Flax Meal or Seeds
1 Tsp Cinnamon
1 Tsp Vanilla
½ Cup Chopped or Sliced Almonds
½ Cup Ghirardelli 60% Cacao Bittersweet Chocolate Chips (these are my favorite, but feel free to use whichever brand you prefer :) )
⅓ Cup Chopped Dates

**Pumpkin or sunflower seeds would also make a great addition if you have them around!

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mash the banana in your mixing bowl, then add remaining ingredients, except dates. Line an 8×8 (ish) baking pan with tinfoil and spray with just a little bit of oil. Press the mixture evenly into the pan, and top with the dates. Press the dates into the top of the mixture so they stick. You are welcome to combine the dates with the rest of the ingredients, but I think make the bars look pretty when they’re spread on top :)

Bake for 12-15 minutes and enjoy!

 Disclaimer: The information contained on the Color in Motion 5K blog is not intended as, and is not, a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult a medical professional before starting any exercise program, making any drastic changes to your diet, or any other changes that may impact your health. The Color in Motion 5K blog is for entertainment and should not be taken as professional advice or instruction. While we try our best to keep our information up to date, older posts may no longer be correct or relevant. Please contact us at blog@colorinmotion5k.com with any questions.

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Make-Ahead Breakfasts

Breakfast, while the most important meal of the day, is often the most neglected meal of the day. Rather than nourishing our bodies and breaking a 6-8 hour sleep-induced fast, we throw down sugary cereals or pastries that can do more harm than good.

We’ve assembled an awesome list of make-ahead breakfasts that you can easily grab on your way out the door in the morning, or throw in your bag the night before.

Yes, this sounds like just one more thing to add to your to-do list, but having something delicious and wholesome for breakfast is so worth it! Not to mention, these recipes are super easy and take (almost) no time at all!

Side note: a few of these are perfect to heat up and enjoy at your your desk first thing in the morning :)

For the Sweet Tooth
Orange Cranberry Coconut Flour Muffins
Vegan/Gluten Free Avocado Scones
Easy Pancake Bites
Banana Chia Pudding
DIY Freezer Oatmeal Cups

On the Savory Side
Breakfast Burritos
Potato and Omelet Breakfast Bites
Bacon and Egg Cups
Crustless Quiche
Egg in a Jar

Disclaimer: The information contained on the Color in Motion 5K blog is not intended as, and is not, a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult a medical professional before starting any exercise program, making any drastic changes to your diet, or any other changes that may impact your health. The Color in Motion 5K blog is for entertainment and should not be taken as professional advice or instruction. While we try our best to keep our information up to date, older posts may no longer be correct or relevant. Please contact us at blog@colorinmotion5k.com with any questions.

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Make-Ahead Breakfast Burritos

Having breakfast made and ready to go in the mornings can be crucial to maintaining proper health and nutrition. These burritos are easy to make ahead of time and will happily boost your metabolism in the morning!

Breakfast Burritos

1 Package Lean, Ground Sausage (pork or turkey)
Handful Spinach, Chopped
3 Eggs
1 Cup Milk
Shredded Cheese
1 Cup Cubed Hashbrowns

10 Whole Wheat Tortillas

Tin Foil (to wrap and freeze burritos)

Begin cooking the sausage in a frying pan. While the sausage is browning, mix the spinach, eggs, milk, and cheese. Pour the mixture into a separate pan, and cook like scrambled eggs.

While these are cooking, you can rip sheets of tinfoil to wrap the burritos. Once everything is cooked, just divide the fillings equally between the tortillas, wrap in tinfoil, and freeze! Just heat them up in the microwave in the morning (without the tin foil, of course), and enjoy a delicious, warm breakfast! Yes, you can buy pre-made breakfast burritos in the store; but these are super easy to make, and you know what actually goes into them!

Healthy Sack Lunches

Let’s all take a minute to honestly answer this question: how hard is it to not munch on snacks while sitting at a desk all day?

For most of us, this is a struggle. Not that munching is a bad thing- personally, I prefer snacking and small meals as opposed to eating large meals 2-3 times a day. If we are going to snack at our desks, however, it would be good to pack foods that will keep our energy up throughout the day, and promote overall health.

For this reason, we are providing you with a list of healthy sack lunches that will allow you to snack (if desired), while also actually providing nutrients that should sustain you throughout your work day. No one likes those afternoon hunger pains right before quitting time!

Lunch Option 1:

Edamame (either dried or, well, not dried)

Green Juice

Pretzels & Peanut Butter (for an afternoon snack)

Lunch Option 2:

Ham and Cheese Roll-ups

  • Nitrate-free ham is choice, as is good quality cheese. Just slice the cheese into strips, and roll up into 4 or 5 slices of ham.

Multigrain Crackers

A CiM5k Orange Cranberry Coconut Flour Muffin

Apple Slices

Lunch Option 3:

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  • Can be sliced or mashed- whichever you prefer!

Bell Pepper Slices

Craisins

Tablespoon (or two :) ) of Enjoy Life Chocolate Chunks

Lunch Option 4:

CiM5k Homemade Granola

Salami Slices

Sliced Cheese

Carrot Sticks

Lunch Option 5:

Dried Fruit and Nut Mix

  • Make your own by buying the following items in bulk: almonds, cashews, raisins, blueberries, craisins, dried mango.

Applesauce

Cottage Cheese

Hummus

Pretzels, for dipping.

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Bacon and Egg Cups

A bacon recipe for breakfast, lunch, and dinner? Yum!

This bacon recipe is super simple and contains ingredients that are so good for you! Enjoy!

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2 Eggs
1 Cup Milk
1/2 Green Bell Pepper
1 Cup Spinach (cut up)
6 Bacon Strips

(Recipe makes 6)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a muffin tin. Line six of the muffin tin cups with one piece (each) or bacon. combine the remaining ingredients, and divide between the six portions. Bake for 35 minutes, remove from tin, and enjoy! You can mix it up by adding all kinds of spices and sauces for added deliciousness!

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Orange Cranberry Coconut Flour Muffins

Who doesn’t love a good, healthy muffin recipe?

The best thing about these coconut flour muffins is that they can be modified so easily!

Chocolate chips instead of cranberries? Do it! Want to add apples? Go for it! This really is the perfect coconut flour recipe if you are looking for healthy ways to switch things up in the baked goods department.

Orange Cranberry Coconut Flour Muffins

¼ Cup Coconut Flour

3 Tbsp Melted Coconut Oil

3 Eggs

1 Tsp Vanilla

¼ Tsp Baking Powder

1 Tsp Orange Zest (fresh is best!)

½ Cup Cranberries (dried or fresh- whichever you prefer!)

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Combine all ingredients except for cranberries and mix until thoroughly. If you are like me and don’t have a citrus zester, just use the finer portion of a cheese grater and it will work wonderfully! Once everything is combined, fold in half of the cranberries.

The batter will be a little thinner, which caused my cranberries to fall to the bottom while baking; to combat this, just add half of the cranberries to the batter, pour into muffin pan, then add the remaining berries as a topping!

Bake for 15-17 minutes and enjoy! They are absolutely divine when eaten warm.

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Banana Breakfast Quinoa

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again; quinoa is the miracle grain!

It’s nutritious and delicious, and can be eaten for breakfast lunch and dinner. It’s that good, and it’s that versatile.quinoa

Since everyone loves a good, filling breakfast recipe, we’ve created a Banana Breakfast Quinoa dish that you will devour! You can follow the recipe exactly, or through in any other toppings that you like and make it totally your own.

Banana Breakfast Quinoa

½ Cup Uncooked Quinoa

1 Tsp Cinnamon

¼ Cup Almond Milk (or milk type and flavor of your choice!)

1 Tbsp Honey

½ Banana

Cook the quinoa according to directions. Once cooked you will have about 1 ½ cups and I usually use only about 1/3 cup in one serving. This should give you a quick breakfast for about 3 (ish) days! Once the quinoa is cooked, add the other ingredients while it is still warm, and enjoy! It serves as a simple dish that can be made quickly on those busy mornings.

For more quinoa recipes and nutrition information visit:

Cocoa Quinoa Bars

Top 10 Quinoa Recipes

Disclaimer: The information contained on the Color in Motion 5K blog is not intended as, and is not, a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult a medical professional before starting any exercise program, making any drastic changes to your diet, or any other changes that may impact your health. The Color in Motion 5K blog is for entertainment and should not be taken as professional advice or instruction. While we try our best to keep our information up to date, older posts may no longer be correct or relevant. Please contact us at blog@colorinmotion5k.com with any questions.

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Quick High-Calorie Workout

Who is in favor of a high-calorie workout that doesn’t take a lot of time?

I know I am! Finding ways to push myself to burn a lot of calories in a short time not only helps keep our bodies from plateauing by switching it up, but they are a great time saver, and we all know how important that can be.

If you are seriously concerned about the amount of calories you are burning in your workouts, there are ways to take out the guess work! Rather than plugging your activity into online calculators or trying to somehow trying to calculate it out yourself, I recommend trying out a Polar Fit watch; my husband bought me one a few months ago, and I seriously can’t work out without it. It helps me track my heart rate, and monitors the amount of calories I have burned. This is so helpful when it comes to maintaining a healthy weight and making sure the calories you are taking in are being effectively worked off as well.

Here is a great (and quick) workout that is perfect to add into your morning routine, or to finish off a run!

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Disclaimer: The information contained on the Color in Motion 5K blog is not intended as, and is not, a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult a medical professional before starting any exercise program, making any drastic changes to your diet, or any other changes that may impact your health. The Color in Motion 5K blog is for entertainment and should not be taken as professional advice or instruction. While we try our best to keep our information up to date, older posts may no longer be correct or relevant. Please contact us at blog@colorinmotion5k.com with any questions.
 
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