Healthy Food Choices – Snacks

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Part of staying fit involves eating healthy meals.  If we are overweight, it is because we have been making poor choices in food.  We are consuming too much fats, too much sugar, and eating too many fast foods and processed foods.

If we have a habit of snacking on sweets between meals, we may need to replace those unhealthy snacks with healthy ones.  When we go shopping for instance, we need to closely examine the Nutritional Facts on the side of the box or can.  If the snack lists sugars as an ingredient in the snack, we need to avoid it, if the sugar content is high.  There are other healthy substitutes.

Here is a snack that I discovered about a year ago.  I make these once or twice a month.  The recipe is in the picture above, but I will repeat it here.

No Bake Energy Bites 

1 c. dry oatmeal

½ c. chocolate chips (Dark or semi-sweet is best)

½ c. peanut butter

½ c. ground flaxseed

1/3 c. honey

1 tsp. vanilla extract

 

Mix all ingredients together in a medium sized bowl until well blended.  Form into small balls and enjoy.  Resist the temptation to eat them all in one sitting.  I limit myself to two at a time.  Refrigerate the rest in a covered container, especially on a hot day.  The chocolate will melt.  Try adding 1/3 cup of coconut for a real treat!  There is no sugar in these, but they taste sweet because of the honey and are not packed with calories which are of no nutritive value.

 

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The Choice to Live a Healthy Lifestyle

Healthy and abundant living begins with good food choices.

Healthy and abundant living begins with good food choices.

It has been years since my diet underwent a radical change.  It took months to adjust to eating a more healthy diet.  I changed it because of the many relatives that I witnessed dying prematurely because of not eating healthy food.  I am glad that I did.  It was not easy having to answer to so many people who believed I was doing the wrong thing, people who chose to eat whatever they liked, regardless of how it made them feel.

Initially, I lost weight, although, that was not my goal.  I felt more energetic.  I was eating organically grown food.  It was expensive, but I shopped at a healthfood store for several years.  I tried new recipes and finally acquired a taste for the vegetables, fruits and grains which I added to my diet, eliminating red meats.  I still crave vegetables, I am happy to say.  But, maintaining this lifestyle has been a choice for me, because I choose to live.  I feel I have a lot to share with others.  I would not be able to influence others unless I was exhibiting wise lifesyle choices.  For me, it has been spiritual and physical.  The two seemed to go hand in hand, which I thought was interesting.

So, it has been over twenty years that I have been eating this way.  Oh, yes, I made mistakes along the way, but I feel better overall.  I created this blog so that I can share what I have learned about weight loss.  Come back for the next posting in which I will discuss weight loss.