My 6 Favorite Healthy Snacks

My 6 Favorite Healthy Snacks

Snacking between meals can be where most of us fail in the quest to healthier eating. I think it usually has to do with time: we grab things on the way out the door, or we feel too rushed with work or life to take time to really make something amazing. Any why would we? It’s a snack and efficiency is the point. Below are the foods I keep on hand to curb cravings and mid-day hunger.

  1. A Banana with Toppings: Bananas are one of my favorite foods. If I’m in a hurry I simply slice the banana and pair it with a tablespoon of Yum Butter or All Natural Peanut Butter. If I have more time, I like to heat 1 tbsp honey in the microwave (less than 10 sec) then stir in one tbsp all natural peanut butter. I drizzle this combination over an entire banana and then top with things like chia seeds, oats, or dried cranberries.
  2. Cashews or Walnuts: Both of these can be a very satiating snack that a lot of us forget to keep on hand. Because I work at 5AM, I tend to eat dinner at 4PM which means when I wake up in the morning I’ve gone at least 12 hours without a meal and I’m usually pretty hungry. When I wake up I usually go straight to the kitchen for a few nuts. I also love them as a late night snack or something to munch on during a movie.
  3. Turkey Wraps: I keep a pack of Applegate Farms turkey breast slices in the fridge at all times and I use them like little tortillas. I like to fill them with hummus, carrots, spinach, cucumber, , cilantro peppers or any vegetables or greens we have around. Then you just roll them up and enjoy! The turkey is low-carb and delivers a dose of vegetables directly to your mouth. Pro tip: buy the pre-chopped package of broccoli slaw to use as filler to save yourself a lot of time!
  4. Cottage Cheese: Top it with a bit of sea salt and cracked black pepper and this is one of the fastest snacks you can grab. However, my favorite combination is sliced tomatoes and sweet peas. Also great with peaches or pineapple for something sweeter.
  5. Dark Chocolate: Craving something sweet is definitely my weakness. While I absolutely love chocolate covered peanuts and treat myself to them occasionally, I also try to keep dark chocolate (at least 80% cacao) on hand. Dark chocolate is not that sweet, but even a small piece seems to trip those triggers in my brain and kill the craving without really doing much damage to my eating plan or goals.
  6. Protein Bites: You can find my recipe for Vanilla Power Bites here (which can be made with any vanilla protein powder, or even made without it), or you can find various recipes online. I like to make a double batch and store them in the freezer to grab before or after workouts.

January 2017 Wallpapers + Calendar Download

Free January 2017 Wallapapers and Calendar Download | Thyme is Honey

If you think that putting up a January Wallpaper download is the only thing I’m procrastinating on, you’d be wrong! The past week has been a hectic one between wrapping up end-of-year client projects, launching this year’s #21PageChallenge (you can still join, here), and having guests in town to celebrate the new year. But, January 2nd isn’t that late, right?

JANUARY 2017 WALLPAPER – PHONE

JANUARY 2017 WALLPAPER – TABLET

JANUARY 2017 WALLPAPER – DESKTOP

FREE JANUARY 2017 PRINTABLE CALENDAR

Above you’ll find download links to grab a new wallpaper for your phone, tablet or desktop computer. I’ve also included a link to download a free January 2017 printable calendar (if you’d like the entire year, you can purchase it in my Etsy Shop).

JANUARY 2017 Printable Calendar by Thyme is Honey

 

My Favorite Healthy Dinners

Start eating healthier with 6 o my Favorite Healthy Dinner Recipes for Busy Nights!   | Thyme is Honey

My #21PageChallenge starts tomorrow. If you don’t know what it is, here’s a super quick summary: it’s a challenge group that focuses on filling out one of my organizational pages each day January 1 through 21 to help develop new or healthier habits for the new year. It’s free, and we use a Facebook Group for accountability and motivation. It’s fun and I’d love to have you join me! Get started by joining The Facebook Group

Meal planning can be such a drag, but part of what makes the challenge so great is sharing recipes with each other! Below are 6 of my current favorite (I switch things up a lot!) healthy meals to make for dinners throughout the week:

  1. Pesto Zuccini Noodles with Broccoli and Bacon from Perry’s Plate – We have been eating a ton of zoodles ever since we got home from Thailand, where I learned that the easiest way to make them is with a Julienne Peeler. It’s so fast and easy! I honestly have two zoodle machines/contraptions in my kitchen and this kicks both their asses. I’ve switched up this recipe by adding spinach instead of broccoli, chicken instead of bacon, sometimes salmon or tilapia etc. I also love zoodles with feta cheese (amazing). There are endless combinations and they are SO good.
  2.  Mediterranean Chicken Lettuce Wraps from Martha Stewart – These are delicious and we like to make them as lettuce wraps or as a big salad.
  3. Quinoa Fiesta Enchilada Bake from Skinny Taste -Some friends recently cooked this when they had us over for dinner. We were huge fans! They also commented on how great it is warmed up, so I think it will likely be a dish that I make on Sunday and eat for lunches throughout the week.
  4. Cauliflower Fried Rice from Martha Stewart – Another obsession we’ve had since our trip to Thailand has been Fried Rice! We love this recipe made with cauliflower rice for making it a bit healthier (I swear you can’t really tell) and we usually add a hefty portion of pork or chicken. Meat, eggs, and veggies — it’s a great meal! The leftovers are tasty on their own or in lettuce wraps.
  5. Salmon and Avocado Caesar Salad with Fried Egg from Cafe Delites – We will pretty much put a slab of salmon and a fried egg on top of anything and call it dinner. I definitely use store-bought dressing with this recipe but it’s a great example of how to make a simple, healthy, beautiful dinner.
  6. Healthy Buffalo Chicken Bowls from Pretty Providence – I love “bowl” meals. They are so easy! We’ve been making variations of this one for the past year…we switch up the type of meat

How to Increase Your Water Intake in 4 Days

How to Increase Water Intake in 4 Days: a simple plan to gently increase your water consumption to meet your Daily Water Goal. | Thyme is Honey

A big part of my journey to healthier living has been drinking more water. Around 150 ounces per day, to be exact. I’ve been doing it for over 6 years and it’s something I don’t really have to think about anymore, but I know that getting started can be really difficult for some people.

Here’s a simple 4 day plan that helps you gently increase your water consumption to get close to the recommended 80 ounce per day minimum, however, the amount each person should consume is different for each of us. Below is a simple formula you can use to calculate what your Daily Water Goal should be, you can also find this on my 21 Page Challenge Prep Sheet.

Need ideas for how to get more water into your day? See my post on How to Drink More Water.

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21 Page Challenge starts in two days!

21 Page Challenge: fill out an organization page each day January 1 - 21 to help develop healthier habits for the new year!

On January 1st I will again be hosting my #21PageChallenge. It’s a super simple + gentle way to start the new year with intention, and I’d love to have you join me!

All you have to do is commit to filling out one of my Daily Pages each day January 1st-21st. You can browse my Etsy Shop to find a page that is the best fit for your lifestyle, or if you want to join for free you can grab this free printable To-Do List.

If you’d like additional support and accountability (recipe ideas, hydration reminders, inspiration + more) you can join The Daily Page Facebook Group! You can also share posts about your progress on Twitter or Instagram with #21PageChallenge…or you can complete the challenge all on your own. Up to you!

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Today I’m giving you a 21 Page Challenge Prep Sheet to fill out. This is meant to help you think about the year ahead and what kind of new habits and changes you want to develop through the 21 Page Challenge. Below is my page, which shows my goals for the challenge. I can’t wait to get started. Click here to download and print your own 21 Page Challenge Prep Sheet. Hope to see you on Sunday!

21 Page Challenge: fill out an organization page each day January 1 - 21 to help develop healthier habits for the new year!