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Five Ways to Stop Mindless and Emotional Eating – Tips and Tricks to Keep your Snacking under Control

Got the munchies? Are you guilty of mindlessly eating? Don’t worry, it happens to us all! In this episode of Authentic Self Wellness Radio, you will discover my five tips to help get those cravings under control while nourishing your body with authentically healthy foods. Enjoy!

Five Ways to Stop Mindless Eating

 

Produce Pick: All about Raspberries – The history, nutrition facts, and ways we can include them in our diet

It doesn’t get any better than eating fresh and juicy raspberries on a hot summer day! Since these delicious little berries are in season right now, I thought we would take a moment and talk about why we should include raspberries into our daily diets. Not only are they a tasty treat, they are packed with nutrients to help us look and feel our best. Learn more by listening to this episode of Authentic Self Wellness Radio!

Raspberry Benefits

Authentic Product Pick: Natural Nectar Products

Natural Nectar Products

Black truffles. Saffron. Porcini. If you are a foodie like me, just the thought of these ingredients will make you salivate. But what happens if you are trying to eat a clean diet, full of healthy foods? What if you are on a budget and can’t afford such fancy ingredients? You try to make the best product selections at the grocery store but you find that healthy food alternatives are bland, dry, and stale tasting. Should you have to sacrifice taste and flavor for your health? Not any more! Thanks to the delicious products from Natural Nectar, foodies can now enjoy the rich bounty of European flavors while sticking to an authentically nourishing diet.

Natural Nectar has a growing line of natural food products that are sustainably, consciously, and ecologically produced. They harvest wholesome ingredients right from Mother Earth and bring them to your family in the form of delicious chips, seasonings, spreads, and more. Natural Nectar has a strong commitment to provide their customers with natural foods made with premium ingredients sourced from Europe. In fact, the owner of their company travels the world in search for ingredients to use in his recipes! That’s because he believes Europe has the best production quality and offers a competitive advantage in taste. Europe has also banned GMOs which means the Natural Nectar products are free from genetically modified organisms. Best of all? Natural Nectar pledges to utilize ecological packaging solutions to support their dedication of reducing the carbon footprint on this planet.

I recently had the pleasure of trying out a variety of their amazing products. As an avid salad eater, I was happy to learn that Natural Nectar offers delicious gluten-free croutons in a variety of flavors! I added the Garlic and Parsley Croutons to a Cesar salad and it was delicious! Made with 50 percent legumes and garbanzo beans, these croutons are filled with fiber and packed with protein. They are also free from nuts, oil and dairy, which makes them the perfect addition to a vegan diet. I also enjoyed the Natural Nectar gluten-free Cracklebread! This unique, gourmet flatbread pairs wonderfully with hummus, cheese, and spreads. It has a delicate crunch but is full of flavor. The Natural Nectar Cracklebread is fat free and low in calories, making it a great snack to enjoy on a daily basis. Be sure to try the Sundried Tomato and Oregano Cracklebread….your taste buds will dance and sing!

Do you get the munchies? Ditch the conventional potato chips for the amazing Natural Nectar Oh La La Potato Chips! All it takes is one bite and you will be hooked. I am obsessed with their Black Truffle and Olive Oil chips. The truffle flavor isn’t overwhelming and it pairs nicely with the earthy flavor of the olive oil. I also loved the Porcini Rosemary and Olive Oil chips. I actually crumbled these chips up and added it to the top of a grilled salmon filet. These chips are bursting with flavor that compliments a variety of fish dishes. They are also great on their own! The Oh La La Potato Chips are made with premium potatoes and are free from trans fat. This makes them a great snack alternative to the conventional potato chips that are laced with artificial flavors, colors, and preservatives.

Last but not least, lets talk about the Natural Nectar Gluten-Free Rice Sticks. If you get the occasional sweet-tooth, you must keep a box of these in your house at all times! Not only are they full of rich cocoa flavor, they have a delightful crunch which makes them fun to eat! These tasty treats only have 58 calories per stick, are all natural, gluten-free, low in sodium and individually wrapped for on-the-go convenience! They would make a great snack to give your kids, especially for picky-eaters who aren’t to keen on healthy snack alternatives.

Learn more about Natural Nectar and their wide range of products by visiting their website at www.naturalnectar.com. I also recommend that you check them out on Facebook and like their page. It’s time to give your healthy diet the burst of flavor you deserve!

 

 

Recipe: Coconut Apple Chips

Dried Apple Chips

Got the munchies? Skip the potato chips and try this recipe for Coconut Apple Chips! Not only are they delicious and easy to make, they are packed with nutrients to help you look and feel your best. You can use whatever type of apples you wish…Granny Smith apples are really delicious in this recipe!

Coconut Apple Chips

  • 4 or 5 organic apples, thinly sliced (no seeds)
  • 2 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 or 2 tsp cinnamon powder

Preheat oven to 250 degrees Fahrenheit. Place apple slices in a large bowl. Drizzle in the coconut oil and cinnamon. Using your hands, gently mix the apples in with the oil and cinnamon powder until they are well coated. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and lay apple slices across it. Bake for 1 to 1/2 hours or until the apples are crispy. Make sure you flip the apples over every 30 minutes or so. Remove from oven and let cool. Enjoy them plain or dipped in almond butter!

Recipe: Crunchy Coconut Curry Chickpeas

Baked Chickpeas

In the mood for a crunchy and satisfying snack? Stay clear of the potato chips and processed crackers by making this delicious and nourishing treat! Chickpeas are a wonderful source of folate, fiber, protein, iron, and zinc. The sea salt gives this snack some added flavor and a boost of trace minerals. Enjoy!

Crunchy Curry Chickpeas

  • 2 cans low-sodium, organic chickpeas
  • 2 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 Tbsp curry powder
  • Sea salt to taste

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Rinse the chickpeas off with water and let them dry. In a large bowl, mix the melted coconut oil and curry powder together. Add the chickpeas to the bowl. Using your hands, gently mix them around to make sure they are all coated in the oil and spice. Spread the chickpeas on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Sprinkle with sea salt. Bake for about 30 – 40 minutes or until the chickpeas are lightly brown and crispy. These snacks taste the best if you eat them within a day or two of making them.

Authentic Product Pick: Good Habit Box

 

Good Habit Box

If you are on Facebook, you’ve probably seen the ads for subscription boxes that you can have delivered to your door. It seems like there is a box for everything; beauty products, dog treats, and the most popular….health food. Being a Nutritional Therapist, I’ve tried out the majority of these healthy boxes and I wasn’t impressed. A lot of these so-called “healthy snacks” were laden with sugar, salt, and of course….natural flavors. On the flip side, some of these subscriptions send you a box full of small product samples. Why would you pay money each month for samples that you could pick up for free at your local grocery store? This made no sense to me. That’s why I was pleasantly surprised to try out Good Habit Box! Not only do they create their own delicious products, they are loaded with authentically nourishing ingredients. Good Habit Box believes that snacks should be fuel to help us perform at our peak. Even though we live in a fast-paced world, it doesn’t mean we should sacrifice our diets to processed, packaged foods.

Good Habit Box has everything you need to stay happy and healthy throughout your day. The added bonus is that the food is created by an avid foodie…so you know that it is going to taste amazing! Here is how it works: you choose how many boxes are sent to you every month, filled with yummy goodies. The subscriptions are super affordable too. You can get one box for only $16.99 a month! When the box arrives, you start by selecting one of their delicious breakfast items. I personally loved the Forrest Berry Oatmeal. It contains gluten-free organic oats, flax seeds, organic honey, delicious raisins, currants, cranberries, and goji berries. All you do is empty the packet of oatmeal into a mug, add hot water, and let it stand for 2 minutes. This is perfect for busy professionals that don’t have time to make an elaborate healthy breakfast. You can literally make it right at your desk! For an afternoon boost, I loved the Monk Mix. This packet contained nourishing raw cashews, pepitas, golden raisins, and goji berries. Yum! Best of all? Each Good Habit Box comes with organic green tea. Sipping a cup of this hot tea is the perfect way to unwind after a long day. All of the good contained in each box comes in portable packets, so you can take everything with you on-the-go!

Another reason I love Good Habit Box is that they genuinely care about giving back to the community. That’s why they are committed to donate a portion of every sale to help end childhood hunger, both locally in our neighborhoods and around the world. Love that!

Learn more about Good Habit Box by visiting their website at www.goodhabitbox.com and be sure to like their Facebook page as well. If you are considering joining a box subscription service, this is the one! I know that you will love it as much as I do.