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Snack AttackJune 2010
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Hawaii Vacation
Snack Attack
Fruit and Yogurt
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Do your energy levels crash during the afternoon? Imagine how it would feel to regularly have more energy. How would your days be different? You deserve to spend some time taking care of you. Come join me on Sunday morning, June 13th for a hike up Monument Mountain in Great Barrington, MA. Enjoy being outdoors on this half day hike while learning how you can maintain your energy levels during the workshop, Eating for Energy, presented at the summit.
Hawaii Vacation
I recently returned home from a vacation to the Big Island of Hawaii. It was a wonderful getaway with my fiance to attend a friend's wedding. There were so many great memories from the trip; snorkeling, hiking, visiting farmers markets. We stayed in a condo with friends and enjoyed our breaks from restaurants by cooking wonderful, tasty meals. Check out my Find us on Facebook Facebook page this week to see what meals I whipped up with the local, tropical bounty.
Snack Attack
cherriesThere's no denying that everyone, at one time or another, has had a snack attack. Views on snacking differ. Some feel that snacking is bad and that eating between meals leads to weight gain. Others believe that eating many small meals and snacks throughout the day is healthy for maintaining energy levels and optimal weight. If there were one way of snacking that was right for everyone, we would all be doing it!  

To alleviate snack attack guilt, try to understand why you are snacking and what snacks work best for your body. Perhaps you snack because your daily diet is missing nutrition, or because you are eating too little at meals. You might be snacking to soothe jangled nerves when you are emotional, or to entertain yourself when you are bored. Whatever your reason, acknowledge it and start thinking about how to create a life that is nourishing and truly satisfying.
Although snacks are no substitute for loving your life, they can be great energy boosters. Many convenient snack foods are highly processed and full of chemicals, additives, damaging fats and refined sugars. When a snack attack hits you, try foods that are filling and satisfying, but also nutritious. Here are some tips:
Snack on things that don't come in a plastic wrapper or a box, like fresh fruit, leftover vegetables or rice cakes with almond butter and fruit spread.
Make your own signature trail mix, organic hot chocolate made with almond milk sweetened with agave nectar, or blue corn chips with hummus.
You can also try "upgrading": 
If you are craving something crunchy, upgrade from potato chips to raw carrots, apples or whole grain crackers.
If you are craving a candy bar, upgrade to a handful of nuts and dried fruit.
Instead of a cup of coffee, upgrade to green tea.
Instead of ice cream, upgrade to applesauce with cinnamon. 
Upgraded snacks are high in nutrition and give you a greater sense of satiety and satisfaction; you won't feel physically or psychologically deprived, and you'll have plenty of energy to sustain your activities for hours.
Snacking is enjoyable and there is a wide variety of healthful goodies for whatever you're craving, be it sweet, crunchy, salty, creamy or spicy. Dive in, be creative and enjoy your snack attack.
Recipe: Fruit and Yogurt
Fruit and Yogurt
MangoThis is not really a recipe, but rather a snack idea. Take advantage of your local fruit offering. Right now strawberries are in season. Next month, you'll be seeing peaches and raspberries at the farmers markets. Indulge in the freshness of the season. Too bad we can't all live in Hawaii and buy 7 papayas for $2.00!Or mangoes for less than a dollar.
  • Fresh local fruit- right now it's strawberries
  • Organic yogurt
  • Mint (optional)
1. Slice, mix and serve.
I hope you can attend my next seminar Eating for Energy at the summit of Monument Mountain in Great Barrington, MA on Sunday June 13th. Space is limited, so RSVP today.
Thank you for spending some time learning how to nourish your health.
Aubrey Schulz
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