Eating right doesn’t have to be a chore. After months of trial and error, I figured out 4 ways to snack healthier – without compromising flavour.
…and seriously: I am so happy to not have to give up snacking. *score*
This is not a sponsored post. I received my Hot Air Popcorn Popper courtesy of Hamilton Beach – all opinions are my own.
After giving birth, I wasn’t one of those women to “swing” back into my pre-pregnancy bod. I was eating poorly, lacking sleep, and lost all willingness to exercise.
I felt drained. Of course, I needed to cut myself some slack. Being a new parent, I knew there’d be adjustments. But after a few meltdowns (and yes, these included crying sessions in changing rooms where sales associates had to cut me out of dresses), I was ready to make a change.
I found myself a nutritionist (who is also a trusted friend) and together, we’ve been going through a well-rounded eating plan. And really, there’s not much to it: no sacrificing, no strict regimes… just smarter (and realistic) choices.
And yes: it includes snacking.
Here are some winning food-combos that will have you snacking healthier, better, and tastier:
Veggies + Hummus
Easy to prepare, easy to pack, and you could go cray-cray with your veggies variety. My personal favourite: green peppers, radish, cucumbers, and cherry tomatoes.
Granola bar + handful of nuts
This is the snack that my nutritionist started me on. I was a little worried that it wouldn’t suffice. Boy, was I wrong! I often go for Kashi Bars (as she recommended) and 1/4 cup of unsalted cashews for my mid-day treat. I also love the idea of keeping a granola bar in my purse so that I have something to munch on if I’m on-the-go.
Hard boiled egg + piece of fruit
Yup, one simple egg can really keep you going when you need a pick-me-up.
You’re seeing correctly. I was ecstatic I was when my nutritionist suggested popcorn as a healthy snacking option.
But wait, back it up: popcorn? Salty, buttery, warmly-popped kernels that can be deliciously washed down with an extra large soda?
This is where a popcorn maker comes in.
So yes: forego the heavily poured-on butter. Flavourful, delicious popcorn is still a possibility: you just have to be creative.
Lucky for me, I recently received Hamilton Beach’s Hot Air Popcorn Popper. It has helped my snacking game tremendously.
It is so easy to use. I can make myself a snack in just a few minutes. Want to know just how simple? This is how it works: pour in your desired amount of kernels, plug it in, and watch it do its thing.
So whether baby is taking a nap or sitting in his high chair, I can multitask and prepare myself a delicious helping of popcorn. Yes, Hamilton Beach, you have made healthy snacking a possibility for a new mama. I applaud you.
Here’s how I flavour-up my bowl of popcorn:
– 1 tbsp of paprika
– 1 tbsp of parmesan cheese
– pinch of Himalayan pink salt
– 2 to 3 tsp extra virgin olive oil
What do your snacking habits look like? How are some ways you can snack healthier?
Prepare yourself for… a giveaway!
In partnership with Hamilton Beach and my good friend Marielle of ladymarielle.com, we’re giving away a Hot Air Popcorn Popper to two lucky readers!
Hamilton Beach Canada: Hot Air Popcorn Popper