Healthy Snack Ideas. All Natural Foods For Energy and Fitness

Hungry for some healthy snack ideas? Read this article with all natural food choices that will give you energy and fitness.

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You need it quick. It has to be easy. It should be nutritious, and you’d like it to taste good, too. Is there any chance that the snack fairy godmother could make all four of these wishes come true? Does the perfect snack really exist?

Yes there are in-fact snacks that can help with sustainable energy and battling the afternoon slump. Some of the healthiest choices are included below and are plant-based, gluten-free, dairy-free, and sugar-free. In other words, they’re all-natural bites that don’t contain any of the anti-nutrients that rob your body of energy and decrease your ability to function at your best. So without further ado, here are some of the best things to eat to keep your mind and body fueled with all day energy. Come into my San Francisco kitchen and let me tell you what I’m packing!

Healthy Snack Ideas. All Natural Food Choices for Energy and Fitness

  • Green Juice. The ultimate energy booster. Green vegetable juices are loaded with antioxidants, phytonutrients, chlorophyll, magnesium, and potassium. Your cells instantly gobble up these nutrients making you feel energized and alive. Make sure the green juice is from vegetables and is not a fruit juice disguised as a green juice. Aim to keep the carbohydrate content below 20 grams. Above this and the juice is too sugary and may cause blood sugar fluctuations and energy drops. You can read all my tips on drinking your greens and get some of my favorite recipes in this post. 
  • Nuts or Natural Trail Mix. Nuts are an easy way to get a delicious dose of protein in a convenient, shelf-stable package. Try a mixed bunch for variety and a combo with dried fruit for some added sweetness. Nuts are calorically dense and full of nutrients, be sure to pre-portion out some serving sizes in ziplock baggies so you dont accidently overdo it. Not sure what a proper portion is? Thekitchn Blog put together an amazing visual guide to help you! Looking for the best bang for your protein buck? Almonds and pistachios. They’re higher in protein than their nutty peers.
  • Whole Fruit. Known as nature’s original pre-packaged snack, you can’t beat fruit for its portability, nutrients, and wonderful sweet taste. The following fruits are favorites for school and work snacks: Bananas, Apples (if sliced, dip in citrus to prevent browning), Peaches, Nectarines, Plums, Grapes, Blueberries, and Raspberries.
  • Chopped Fresh Fruit Salad. It will keep for a few hours in your lunch sack, but if you have refrigeration available, even better. Put any of the following in some portable containers: Diced Mango, Pineapple Chunks, Melon Balls (watermelon, honeydew, or cantaloupe), Berries, Grapes, and Kiwi.
  • All-Natural Bars. I wrote a whole post on the best, all natural protein bars – read it here! For shelf-stable convenience, stash a few of these bars for work or pre/post gym snacks: LarabarsKit’s Organic BarsQUEST bars, and Kind Bars. My top pick is KIND bars for the nutrition and flavor. Packed with heart healthy fats, fiber, a dose of protein AND Made from whole ingredients you can see and pronounce, KIND bars are one of my favorite products to satisfy an afternoon sweet tooth. With a variety of delicious flavors, these seemingly indulgent bars are great fuel for an on-the-go high energy lifestyle. I’m in love with the almond coconut flavor. Not sure what flavor to get? Get a variety pack and taste test, you can do so with: KIND Minis Variety.  All so delicious…. dont blame me when you get addicted 😉
  • Protein Powder. Keep a stash of packets or baggies to mix into water or juice when on-the-go. Brands like My Vega are dairy-free and come in a variety of flavors. I usually go with the Vega One All-in-One Nutritional Shake in French Vanilla they are easy to mix up and bring on the go. I also recently discovered ReNew Life – Skinny Gut Ultimate Shake Powder in Chocolate. Its delicious and I love the probiotic benefits.  I put protein powder in my magic bullet blender with almond milk and an apple for a quick smoothie, this is one of my favorite recipes.
  • Chopped vegetables. Bell peppers, cauliflower, broccoli, carrots, snap peas, cherry tomatoes, cucumber – the list goes on! Pack as many fresh veggies as you can into individual zip lock bags and have healthy fuel on hand.
  • Veggie-Gos. I fell in love the moment I met Veggie-Go’s fruit and vegetables strips. Its the perfect on the go snack and an easy way of incorporating fruits and veggies into your diet. Veggie-Go’s fit easily in a purse, or pocket, diaper bag or gym pack.  They offer 1/2 serving of fruit AND 1/2 serving of veggies in every strip, less than 1/3 the sugar of the leading fruit strip (no added sugar), and are organic and Non-GMO. With many unique and DELICIOUS flavors your taste buds will love eating more vegetables. I cant stop thinking about the sweet potato pie flavor, which at only 20 calories a strip is a MUCH friendlier version than its 500 calorie sweet potato pie cousin. When you have healthy snacks on hand you are less likely to binge on un-healtheir alternatives. Veggie-Gos can be ordered online or picked up at your local Whole Foods Market.
  • Apple Butter on a Rice Cake. Since Apple Butter doesn’t actually contain butter, it is naturally gluten and casein free. Fat Free Vegan has a recipe for a healthy homemade Pumpkin Apple Butter. I use Lundberg Organic Rice Cakes which are gluten-free.
  • Peanut Butter & Pretzels. You can keep this snack allergen-free with Ener-G Wylde Pretzels Gluten and Wheat Free and easy for on the go days with Sunflower Seed Spread On-The-Go No-Stir.
  • Nut or Seed Butter with Sliced Apples. To up the flavor factor, stir a little cinnamon and/or vanilla into the nut butter. If you’re bored with peanut butter and almond butter, then make your own nut butter with your favorite nuts and/or seeds.
  • Hummus with Cut Veggies. Hummus is one snack food I can never get enough of. I pair it with baby carrots, celery, broccoli and sliced red bell peppers.
  • Hummus with Olives and Crackers or Pita Chips. If you are gluten-free, Mary’s Gone Crackers is my healthy dipping cracker of choice.
  • Smashed Avocado with Baby Carrots. To keep the avocado from browning, mash in some lemon or lime juice. You can even season to taste with salt and spices for a quick guacamole-to-go!
  • Canned Wild Salmon Salad with Crackers or Lettuce Wraps. Tuna works well, too, but salmon gives you the extra omega-3’s.
  • Hard-Boiled Eggs. Perfect protein on the go. Sprinkle with a little salt, pepper, and paprika for a tasty twist.
  • Grilled Chicken Breast . At only 110 calories, 1.5 grams of fat, and with 25 grams of protein, this is one low calorie, protein-packed snack!
  • Jerky. Seek out organic and all-natural options if possible. Im a huge fan of Krave Beef Jerky. Its the “athletes choice” and it’s delicious!
  • Trail Mix. It doesn’t get much easier than trail mix. Toss your favorite dried fruits, nuts, and other tasty items (dairy-free chocolate chips anyone?) into some Ziploc baggies and away you go. Just watch the portion size when you put your mix into baggies.
  • Dates Stuffed with Almonds. Tastes like the popular Larabar snack.
  • Edamame. The only thing more fun than how much protein you can get from a serving of edamame (one cup offers about 17 grams of protein!) is getting to eat these little beans out of their bright green pods. Buy them fresh and steam for about 6 minutes, or use the pre-cooked frozen variety and briefly microwave to defrost (about 2 minutes) before chowing down.
  • Bare Snacks Apple Chips, Gluten Free Baked Snacks. Made from slices of real, fresh apples, Bare snacks organic apple chips are currently my #1 favorite healthy snack crush. At 90-100 calories per serving, this delicious snack is free of preservatives, trans fats, cholesterol, and refined sugar. Its a great source of dietary fiber and gluten free, vegan, and kosher! I can’t get enough of the cinnamon flavor and am dying to try the sea salt caramel !

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Having healthy food on hand can help you maintain stable blood sugar levels, have energy to fuel your day with health, and prevent you from reaching for sugar when you want an energy boost. Plan ahead and prep some of the choices above to pack with you in your office fridge, gym bag, or shelves at home. Use amazon prime, google shopping express, or instacart to help you stay stocked when your schedule is too busy for a grocery store trip. A little planning goes a long way and can keep you healthy, happy, and energized!  

Whats your #1 favorite healthy snack to fuel your busy day with health? Leave your favorite as a comment below, Id love to hear from you! And as always, If you liked this post or know someone who could benefit, please share it on Facebooktwitter, or email. 

Now who’s hungry?? I’m off to eat some Bare chips!

Caroline

Want to build a balanced body? Check out my book, Balanced Body Breakthrough and get your mind, body, and spirit in great shape so you can love your life.

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Stories From Solage and A FREE 45 Minute Pilates Yoga Fusion Workout

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The very first weekend of 2015, I took a small group up to Calistoga and led a wellness retreat at Solage Resort. Surrounded by breathtaking mountain ranges and steps from the charming downtown Calistoga in northern Napa Valley, Solage Calistoga is a luxury resort known for its fine food, geothermal mineral baths, and healthy California lifestyle. Since its debut in 2007, the resort has garnered acclaim and numerous awards from many leading travel, dining, spa and lifestyle publications. They house a Michelin Star restaurant ~ SolBar, Travel and Leisure has named them on the 500 World’s Best List, Conde Nast Traveler has placed them on their Hot List, Best Spa List and the accolades go on and on. So as you can imagine, I was beyond excited to host a weekend wellness getaway in this famous California haven.

Crusin around Calistoga in my Solage Resort bicycle

Crusin around Calistoga on my Solage Resort bicycle

Solage resort has a casual, relaxed California attitude but it’s all luxury. The property is comprised of individual cottages that include two cruiser bikes for getting around the resort or to ride into downtown Calistoga less than a mile away. They operate on an eco-friendly philosophy incorporating an extensive recycling program, use of solar panels, non-toxic cleaning products, organic produce and other environmentally friendly practices.

Outside my studio at Solage Calistoga

Outside my studio at Solage Calistoga

There are 83 cottages and 6 one-bedroom suites which are designed with clean lines, simplicity and comfort in mind. Its an instant inviting feeling the moment you walk into these units. The rooms are spacious and large sliding doors open up to a patio with comfy furniture for your lounging pleasure. While leading the retreat, I stayed in one of their Capella Suites: a large one-bedroom unit with fireplace, private patio, and a big bath tub. I felt like a California Queen. It was THE BEST. 

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Solage has a Michelin Star rated restaurant on property called SolBar. I fell in love with the ambiance and food at this restaurant. The atmosphere is inviting, casual and so comfortable. Reservations are highly recommended, you can book a table inside, sit in the bar lounge on the comfy sofas, or cozy up outside by the fire pits. It’s the perfect choice to enjoy a 4 star meal without a stuffy dress code. The menu offers a variety of interesting dishes and the bar creates signatures cocktails to compliment each season. I highly recommend coming here for a meal even if you are not staying at the resort….. or driving up to Calistoga just for a fine dining experience. 

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One of the biggest highlights of Solage is Spa SolageConde Nast Traveler has voted this spa #1 in the Americas and Caribbean and #10 in the world, which is incredibly impressive. They are most known for their one of a kind three-step mudslide experience in addition to their several mineral water pools, fitness center, mind-body studio, and large list of weekly yoga and exercise classes. Heres a photo of their weekly Solage newsletter and class schedule (including my specialty workshops for the week as well!)

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I feel so lucky to have had the chance to partner with Spa Solage in hosting a New Years Wellness Retreat in their beautiful space. Our weekend was a combination of fitness activities, wellness coaching, journaling, goal setting, healthy dining, and enjoying the lovely mineral baths on property. It was a time to disconnect from our busy lives, reconnect to our health and wellbeing, and set a positive intention on the year to come. It was a retreat in every sense of the word. Here are some of the reviews from the women who joined me:

“Caroline’s 2015 Calistoga Retreat was the perfect way for me to start my year. It was a great balance of working out and reflecting. It was also a wonderful and thoughtful way for me to really hone in on the successes I want to find in 2015. After this retreat I feel ready to take on the new year and achieve my goals!” ~ Angela

“For me, the highlight of Caroline’s New Years retreat centered around Caroline’s positive energy. She led the group through fun activities that helped me feel good about my start to the year. The beautiful scenery was the icing on the cake to a great time!” ~ Laura

“Caroline is not only an amazing athlete who manages to inject fun and humor into her workouts, but she has a wonderful love of life that permeates everything she does. If you get to work out with her, not only do you feel great, but you are uplifted by her insatiable spirit and enthusiasm for life. Doing the retreat with her at Solage was perfect. It’s a beautiful setting and I had an incredible time – but with Caroline you also never forget that you are basically with a world-class trainer. It’s THAT good.” ~ Jessica

 

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Morning Trail run/hike over breathtaking Calistoga vineyards

 

Morning Trail Run Views

Morning Trail Run Views

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Post hike endorphin high happy smiles all around!

Post hike endorphin high happy smiles all around!

 

Enjoying post workout healthy smoothies beside one of the geothermal mineral baths at Solage Resort.

Enjoying post workout healthy smoothies beside one of the geothermal mineral baths at Solage Resort.

 

New Years Vision Board and Goal Workshop

New Years Vision Board and Goal Workshop

Look What I found for my vision board! 2015 is the year I turn 30....

Look What I found for my vision board! 2015 is the year I turn 30….

Inspiring closing day thoughts from Solage Resort

Inspiring closing day thoughts from Solage Resort. Perfect ending to a perfect getaway weekend.

Missed the retreat but want to experience some of it with us? I took the opportunity during the weekend to film one of our retreat workouts with my little flip camera. Roll out your mat, press play, and join part of our January Solage Wellness Retreat from your living room!

Our weekend together was an experience I’ll never forget and kicked off 2015 in a powerful, positive way. It was such a huge success that Ive decided to return to Solage and host a Spring Wellness Retreat Weekend March 21 and 22. If you would like to be a part of my next fitness and spa experience at this luxury resort, email me at carolinejordanfitness@gmail.com to get more information and save your space in Calistoga in March!

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I hope you enjoy the above workout video and I look forward to sharing more fitness, wellness, and adventures with you in the year to come!

Yours in health,

Caroline

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Stomach Series Workout. Intense 4 minute ab exercise video.

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Proud to say, this image is unedited and un-airbrushed. I work HARD for my abs, focus on QUALITY over quantity, and make every second count 🙂

A longer workout isn’t better. A better workout is better. Focus on QUALITY over quantity and you’ll find amazing results in NO time.

With the right moves and sequencing, even four minutes can be a challenge. I filmed this pilates inspired “Stomach Series” to help you get a stronger core despite your busy schedule. All you’ll need is a bit of space and a positive attitude.

Sometimes referred to as the “Belly Burner,” these five Pilates mat exercises will challenge your abdominal endurance. Try it for yourself! In this challenging core workout routine, you’ll do the following exercises:

– single leg stretch
– double leg stretch
– single straight leg stretch
– double straight leg stretch
– criss cross

Notes on form. Most people agree that these are some of the best ab exercises of all time. Yes, they are challenging. You can modify them by not taking your legs as low and/or keeping your head down. There are modifications for these exercises included in the detailed instructions in the video.

In general, use your abdominal muscles to keep your upper body curl, to stabilize your pelvis, and to move the legs from your center. Do not take your legs any lower than you can control the movement from your abs and keep your back from coming off the mat. Your pelvis must stay stable.

Some people teach the stomach series of five with no break between exercises holding the upper body curl the whole time. This an advanced option, move forward at a pace that feels right to you. Excessive muscle fatigue is not part of Joseph Pilates’ method and might affect your ability to perform QUALITY movements. Put your head down and take a break if you need to between exercises. Remember you are your #1 priority 🙂

*** As always check with your doctor before starting this or any exercise program. Listen to your body and honor its needs always.***

Without further ado, heres my Caroline Jordan Fitness version of the stomach series workout :

You did it! How did it feel? Amazing how effective four minutes can be right? If you liked this video, please SUBSCRIBE to my channel and SHARE your favorite videos with your friends on Facebook, twitter, or youtube! I put great videos up regularly because I want to help you live a happy, healthy life. Please like, share, and subscribe if you want to be a part of it!

Heres to happy abs and living a life that feels good on the inside 🙂

Caroline

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Happy New Year!

HELLO 2015!

HELLO 2015!

Ringing in the New Year with Good Friends at the Westin St. Francis in San Francisco

Ringing in the New Year with Good Friends at the Westin St. Francis in San Francisco

My Happy New Year Wish For You

My Happy New Year wish for you
Is for your best year yet,
A year where life is peaceful,
And what you want, you get.

A year in which you cherish
The past year’s memories,
And live your life each new day,
Full of bright expectancies.

I wish for you a holiday
With happiness galore;
And when it’s done, I wish you
Happy New Year, and many more.

New Years Inspiration. Things to read, do, and take action on to fuel your 2015!

Whats one goal you’d like to accomplish this Year?  If you liked this post or found it helpful, please share it with your friends on Facebook,  pinteresttwitter, or email. I cant wait to share a healthy, happy, and inspired 2015 with YOU!

Yours in health,

Caroline