5 Healthy Snacks and Activities For Your Best Year Ever
Eat better, join a gym, go to bed earlier: some of the most common New Year’s resolutions are focused on creating a healthier you. If healthier living is your goal for 2018, check out these fun activities paired with nourishing healthy snacks to get your year off on the right foot.
Adopting a yoga practice can do wonders for your health. In fact, research shows that yoga as a form of exercise can be as beneficial as cycling or a brisk walk, as well as an excellent stress reducer and strength builder. If you’ve resolved to evolve this year, consider adding yoga to your new healthier lifestyle.
The snack: After yoga, your body will feel balanced and in need of nourishment. A clean snack is in order. Try roasted almonds, Dang Coconut Chips, or a Cranberry Almond + Antioxidants with Macadamia Nuts KIND Bar.
Running is a great way to boost your overall health, relieve stress, improve confidence and strengthen your body. Whether you’re new to the running world or looking to amp up your game, you’ll want to stay strong, energized and with your head in the game. Healthy snacks can help you do just that.
The snack: Runner Petrina LeBlanc recommends CLIF Oatmeal Raisin Walnut Bars and energy chews to fuel her run. “Pre-run is all about getting energy in,” she says. Post-run means a shot of protein to help muscles repair, such as a LUNA Protein Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bar or Justin’s Almond Butter Snack Pack.
Self-care is vital to anyone seeking to live a healthier lifestyle. One of the best ways to rejuvenate is to just take time to unplug, sit and be still. Cozy up with a good book, take a bath, journal or simply sit and embrace the stillness on your lunch break – just take a break from the constant go, go, go.
The snack: Keep nourishing snacks on hand to satisfy your appetite and your soul. Popcorn, cashews, almonds, dark chocolate and dried cranberries provide a soul-satisfying crunch while providing anti-oxidant benefits.
Does going outside make you healthier? Research indicates that physical activity releases feel-good endorphins, and that elevated feeling is even more enhanced by spending time in nature. Snow skiing, hiking, gardening, playing at the park – whatever the weather wherever you are, the possibilities are endless when it comes to enjoying the great outdoors.
The snack: You need sustainable energy to fully enjoy outdoor activities. Be sure to pack nourishing snacks like trail mix, Bare Apple Cinnamon Chips and granola bars. Don’t forget to drink plenty of water so you’ll stay hydrated during outdoor activities.
Kayaking the coastline, zip lining across the open skies, exploring a southern Utah slot canyon – take this year to epic heights by crossing something big off your bucket list. If you’re feeling less adventurous, try something equally new that excites you or challenges you in a smaller way, like horseback riding or paddleboarding.
Remember, even baby steps are a step in the right direction. What are you doing to make this your best year ever?
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