Healthy Snacks On Hand – Half the Battle!
As I’ve talked (and talked, and talked, and talked…) about before, the Pandemic served as a wakeup call to all of us. The healthier you ARE, the better your chances will be when something frightfully unexpected comes along. When we’re at a healthy weight and have our vitamin levels where they should be, it gives us the edge we need when it comes to fighting off viruses. Obviously, anyone can get sick.. BUT when you’re in the best health you can be, your chances of recovering quickly and completely are much better.
I mean, a lot of it’s just good old-fashioned common sense, isn’t it?!
I’ve seen more healthy snacks and foods over the past few years and I think it’s outstanding. I wish fast food restaurants would follow the healthy-eating trend and offer better meals and sides. It’s all but impossible to eat a completely healthy meal in a fast food restaurant and that’s a real shame… and Heaven help you if you have to eat gluten-free! I mean, McDonald’s doesn’t even offer side salads anymore and another of my favorite restaurants (Culver’s) puts croutons right on their pre-packaged salads. I would LOVE if they’d stop that madness and just made their gorgeous looking salads available, safe for all of us to eat.
While we can’t (obviously) control everything a fast food (or sit down) restaurant offers, we can absolutely control what food we have in our own kitchen. Not only do I want to, personally, eat healthier, I want my entire family to eat healthier – including my grandbabies (ages 2, 3, and 4). Keeping healthy foods that are also delicious is something I spend a lot of time thinking about and striving for.
While favorites like bananas, apples, strawberries, watermelon, blueberries, carrots, celery, cucumbers, and salad-makings are always on hand, I also like to have tasty new things for all of us to enjoy. Let’s face it, snacking IS going to happen – whether it’s while watching tv, coming in from work (or school), or simply a case of, “I’m a little bit hungry… let’s see what’s in the kitchen..” snacks are both okay and expected – we just have to be smart about them!
Within the past two weeks, I have come across three different healthy snacks and wanted to tell you about them.
First off, Luna Mash-Up Bars – they come in Lemonzest + Raspberry (pictured above) and Lemonzest + Blueberry and they’re outstanding. I buy both regularly (Kroger and Target carry them) and even my grandbabies love them.
Another healthy snack I’ve found is Genuine Coconut Coconut Chunks (Amazon link). These are so delicious, it’s absolutely unreal. They’re basically like someone has taken a fresh coconut and cut the deliciousness into convenient little squares for you. While I enjoy mine straight out of the bag, they’d also be ridiculously good in a smoothie bowl or bowl of oatmeal.
I found these coconut chunks at Kroger – I haven’t seen them in any other stores, yet.
The Genuine Coconut Coconut Chunks (Amazon link) are also available on Amazon – in fact, they’re available in several different flavors (I’ve only seen the one above in stores around here). As for the Luna Mash-Ups Lemonzest + Raspberry Bar pictured, I can’t find it on Amazon, but they DO have another delicious variety, the Luna Mash-ups Lemonzest + Blueberry (Amazon link). It’s every bit as delicious as the Raspberry flavor.
All Luna bars and products are outrageously delicious but these new mash-ups may just be their best item yet. Seriously, I’m addicted!