Crunchy Chickpea Trail Mix

August 31st is National Trail Mix Day! Skip the overpriced, additive-filled packaged varieties and whip up a batch of this protein-packed Crunchy Chickpea Trail Mix!


 

You know those moms that carry a giant satchel-size purse around with them, filled entirely with snacks, *just in case* their kids get hungry?

That’s me.
 
 
Roasted chickpeas add a protein-packed crunch to this sweet, salty and wholesome Crunchy Chickpea Trail Mix! www.bytesizednutrition.com
 
 

Only… I don’t have kids. 
And my idea of a “fruit-by-the-foot” is an extra-large banana.
 
 

Whether I’m heading out for a day filled with activities or just taking a stroll to the mailbox, you better believe I’ll have a snack in hand. In fact, I would leave the house without my car keys before I would leave the house without snacks (you think I’m joking, but it’s actually happened). Hanger is a real thing people, and it can strike at any time. Best be prepared. 

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Cantaloupe & Feta Bruschetta

September may be right around the corner, but that doesn’t mean that you have to trade in your beloved summer produce for pumpkin spice lattes EVERYTHING quite yet. Keep the summer going with this light and refreshing Cantaloupe & Feta Bruschetta. Bursting with sweet, juicy cantaloupe, salty feta, crisp red onion, and savory basil and served on lightly toasted baguette, it’s the perfect dish for your end-of-summer gatherings!


 

In all honesty, I hadn’t planned on sharing a cantaloupe recipe at the end of August. But when I found myself carrying my new 8 lb 7 oz bundle of joy home from the Farmer’s Market last weekend, I knew it was time to get creative. Thankfully, I just so happened to have a potluck to attend yesterday that called for an appetizer or snack to share… So you better believe I wasn’t about to pass on the opportunity to get rid of share some of the goods.  (more…)

30 (Healthy!) Grab & Go Breakfasts

I’m a big fan of breakfast. As a matter of fact, I’d even go so far as to say that it ranks among my top 6 (yes, 6) favorite daily meals. But, if there’s one thing that I love almost as much as breakfast (well, you know, aside from lunch, dinner, and snacks…), it’s sleep. Which is why, as a teenager, I’d often find myself lying in bed 20 minutes after I was supposed to have gotten up… still debating whether or not that bowl of cereal waiting on the table for me was worth getting out of bed for.

This daily struggle continued well into my sophomore year of high school, when I discovered the beauty that is the grab-and-go breakfast. Finally, a solution to silencing my rumbling tummy without sacrificing sleep! Sounds great, right? Well, the only problem was… I discovered this solution at the bottom of a Tim Hortons to-go bag.

With age (and approximately 720,835 hours worth of nutrition courses), comes the wisdom that starting each day with a Bacon, Egg, and Cheese Biscuit Sandwich and a medium Vanilla Iced Capp probably isn’t the best choice for my health – or my wallet. But if you think that means that I’ve succumbed to compromising my precious beauty sleep, think again. As an adult, I’ve found that my body craves adequate sleep now more than ever. Luckily, I’ve found a more balanced way to approach my morning meal. By simply preparing my breakfast the night before, I can rest assured that I am out the door on time, healthy breakfast in tow.  (more…)

“Love Your Gut” Wild Blueberry Smoothie

Give your gut the love it deserves... starting with this Wild Blueberry Smoothie! Made with kefir, wild blueberries, and banana, it's full of probiotics, fiber and other important nutrients to help keep digestive issues at bay. www.bytesizednutrition.com

From the time we’re young, we’re trained to believe that bacteria are bad. We wash our hands with antibacterial soap, we disinfect surfaces using antibacterial wipes, and we carry antibacterial hand sanitizer with us everywhere we go. Basically, we do everything in our power to kill destroy the little menaces. But what if I told you that, despite all of your murderous efforts, there are approximately 100 trillion (yes, TRILLION) bacteria comfortably residing inside of you right this very moment? 100 Trillion microorganisms partying it up in your GI tract while you innocently nosh on that bagel. (Still hungry?)

Before you go chasing that bagel with a bottle of disinfectant (which I highly advise against, by the way), I should probably note that these bacteria are meant to be there. Not only that, but they NEED to be there. These living microorganisms make up over 75% of your immune system and are crucial for promoting normal GI function, protecting the body against infection, and regulating metabolism. Bottom line: if you want to stay healthy, you’re going to want to keep these guys happy.

And everyone knows, Party Planning 101: If you want to keep your guests happy, you’ve gotta give them food. (And by “food”, I don’t mean stale tortilla chips and a jar of “cheese” dip…)  (more…)

Caramelized Peach & Goat Cheese Salad

August is National Peach Month! Pay tribute to the summertime staple with this protein-packed Caramelized Peach & Goat Cheese Salad…


 
Do you have a favorite season? For me, it’s always been summer. There is just something about this season that fills my heart with allllll the warm fuzzies (although it’s possible that the 90+ degree heat may also have something to do with that…)  (more…)