Happy first full week of Fall! Has everyone picked out their pumpkins yet? I’m hoping to head out to a local Apple Orchard sometime soon and nab some goodies for our home- can’t wait! As I mentioned in my post about Kale chips, I am a total snacker. Besides loving to eat (obvi), I’m also a fan of snacking because consuming something every 2-3 hours helps stabilize my blood sugar, and provides me with sustainable energy throughout the day. Gotta have energy to do awesome shit, right? Apples, walnuts, and pumpkin anything are all welcome additions to my Autumn snack fold!
When people learn I’m a certified health coach, one of the first questions they inquire about it is what do I, personally, eat? I always like to preface my answer with these facts:
- Everyone’s bodies function differently, so what works for me, might not be right for you. I challenge you to become more AWARE of how your body feels when you eat particular foods, and then decide what makes you FEEL best. This is the concept of bio-individuality.
- Until you figure out why you aren’t eating well already or treating your body with love, a list of the “right foods” will never be the long term solution. What area in your life (career, relationships, self-esteem, spirituality, etc.) needs some tending to? When there’s a broken spoke in one of these wheels, our “primary foods” per se, we typically stop caring for ourselves physically. Generally, there is then a subsequent break down in which foods we choose to nourish our bodies, i.e. “secondary foods”.
Beyond these factors, I really do enjoy sharing my favorite recipes and snack ideas! I have discovered over the years that my body thrives best by consuming a mix of low glycemic, higher protein, healthy fat foods. I refuse to call this a “diet”, because I don’t do diets. And neither should you ; )
So here are some of my favorite go-to snacks for Fall:
-Roasted Pumpkin Seeds. These are so easy to make, and the seeds are full of protein, magnesium, zinc, and plenty of other nutrients! Even better, sprinkle some cinnamon on top- cinnamon is loaded with anti-oxidants, and has a positive effect on our metabolism.
-Walnuts. These nuts are a great source of Omega 3 fat, specifically alpha-linolenic acid (ALA). This type of fat has anti-inflammatory properties, and can help reduce cardiovascular risks.
-Apples, especially the lower glycemic green variety. One of my favs! Apples are full of fiber, which plays a key role in our metabolism, and also helps us feel full. Top off these babies with a teaspoon of organic almond butter, and sprinkle with some shaved or shredded coconut (full healthy fats, and iron!). And there ya have the perfect afternoon pick me up!
Taking advantage of the seasonal vegetables and produce is a great way to not only get psyched about trying something new (boring and routine are never cool), but you’re also supporting the local farming community! Plus, there is something that just feels right about eating in harmony with with our environment surroundings, right?
If you’re interested in learning more about how I’m helping others find their healthiest, happiest selves through primary, and secondary food discovery, sign up today for the Blonde Beet Nirvana Signature Program! Enter EARLYBIRD10 to get the 10% discount I’m running through the end of the week ; )
Lots of love to y’all and get snackin’!