July 2015 Archive

My Top 4 Fit Road Trip Snacks

These are the perfect healthy snacks to bring along with you in the car to maintain your nutrition and fitness goals even when travelling! 

Top Four Fit Road Trip Snacks | Haute & Healthy Living

A few weeks ago, my boyfriend and I went on a 10 hour road trip to Massachusets.

Long time to be stuck in a car, right?

When I’m going to be in the car that long, I know that I’m BOUND to get hungry.

ESPECIALLY since I usually like to eat approximately every 3 hours.

If we break that up into meals, I would need approximately 3 meals or snacks for the entire duration of the trip in order to prevent any grumpiness from kicking in.

Now here’s the thing.

I am not a fan of eating out a lot when I travel.

I find that it just throws my whole system out of whack.

If you know what I mean….

So I always plan in advance of my trips some healthy snacks to bring along.

Just so I’m prepared for when that hunger strikes.

They have to meet some important criteria though in order to pass the test.

The snack choices have to:

  • Be easy to prepare
  • Be healthy
  • Be easy to pack
  • Be delicious!

Here are my top four fit snacks that contain a source of fibre and protein — the winning strategy for keeping hunger at bay. And the best part is that these snacks meet all of the criteria above!

1. Lean Chicken Meatloaf Muffins + Whole grain pita

Lean Chicken Meatloaf Muffins | Haute & Healthy Living

2. No-Bake Peanuts Butter Energy Bites

Peanut Butter Energy Bites | Hauteandhealthyliving.com

3. Sweet Potato Hummus + Fresh Vegetables

Sweet Potato Hummus | Hauteandhealthyliving.com

4. Spicy Nuts + piece of fruit

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In the car, Matt and I practically lived on these snacks, along with some random trips to the grocery store to pick up some fresh items like fruits and veggies.

I didn’t get any complaints from Matt’s end either, so I’m thinking he was enjoying the homemade snacks that I offered him every few hours.

Gotta keep the guy happy!

We managed to pull off a pretty healthy trip (with the exception of the GIANT piece of cheesecake that I had at the Cheesecake factory).

Ya gotta keep the balance, right?

Feel free to use these recipes for your next road trip!

4 Fit Road Trip Snacks | Haute & Healthy Living

 

How do you stay healthy and fit while travelling?

Elysia, XOXO
Trail Mix Energy Cups

These healthy trail mix energy cups make an awesome nut-free, vegan, and gluten-free snack, while being a great source of protein, fibre and omega 3’s! The perfect option for back to school or as a pre-workout snack!

Trail Mix Energy Cups | Hauteandhealthyliving.com

Throughout the months of August and September, I get bombarbed by a whole rush of moms looking for nut-free snacks for back-to-school lunches.

And I’m not joking when I say a rush.

Last year, I had a giant mob of moms around me for a cooking demonstration that I was doing for healthy nut-free back to school snack ideas.

They were practically tripping over each other just to get some recipes.

Ohh that dreaded time when you’re scouring the grocery store to find school-friendly snacks the day before school starts, and it seems like EVERYTHING contains nuts.

And the ones that don’t contain nuts are usually highly processed, and not something we want to be feeding the kids anyways.

Oh man.

Just can’t win.

In order to prepare myself for the mob, I’ve started experimenting with recipes early.

Trail Mix Energy Cups

Actually, I was really experimenting for snacks for a sports nutrition theme that I had going on at work, and decided to make it nut free as well to kill two birds with one stone.

The athletic individuals and the anxious nut-free moms.

Everyone needs healthy snacks, right?

That’s when these trail mix energy cups were born.

Trail Mix Energy Cups | Hauteandhealthyliving.com

Packed full of hemp hearts, they are a great source of protein, fibre and omega 3s.

I’ve also incorporated sunflower seed butter to make it a nut free option, but feel free to sub in a nut butter if you can do nuts.

Then you can basically incorporate some tasty add-ins to make it just like the name.

Trail mix energy cups.

Trail Mix Energy Cups | Hauteandhealthyliving.com

I strongly recommend that you make a batch.

I like to evenly distribute the mixture into silicone muffin holders because all you have to do is stick them in the freezer and then 30 minutes later, pop them out of the silicone molds.

I’m not a big fan of cutting bars.

I just don’t have the patience for the crumbly mess, let alone the uneven bars.

I’ve never been great at cutting straight.

It drives me crazzzzy when the bars are not equal sizes.

Yes, a bit of a perfectionist.

That’s why I’d rather pack it in and then pop it out.

Trail Mix Energy Cups | Hauteandhealthyliving.com

Mess-free.

This is a great recipe to have on hand whether you’re an active individual, a mom looking for nut-free snacks, or generally just a hungry person.

Enjoy!!

Trail Mix Energy Cups

Yield: 16 bars

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups unsweetened coconut
  • 1 cup sunflower seed butter (or peanut/almond butter if you prefer)
  • 1 cup Hemp Hearts
  • 1/3 cup 100% pure maple syrup
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • Optional Add-Ins:
  • ¼ cup pumpkin seeds (optional)
  • ¼ cup dried cranberries (optional)
  • ¼ cup dark chocolate chips (optional)

Instructions

  1. Mix together all ingredients in a large bowl.
  2. Evenly distribute the mixture between 16 silicone cupcake holders in a muffin tin and press the mixture down with a spatula or the back of a spoon until smooth.
  3. Top with desired toppings.
  4. Place muffin tin in the freezer for at least 1 hour.
  5. Once frozen, pop each cup out of the silicone mold.
  6. Store the cups in a ziploc bag or container in the fridge or freezer.
  7. NOTE:If you don't own silicone cups, you can simply press the mixture into a parchment paper-lined baking pan and freeze. Once mixture is firm, remove from pan and cut into 16 squares or bars.

Nutrients per serving:

Servings: 16 • Calories: 206 • Fat: 17 g • Carbohydrates: 11 g • Fibre: 3 g • Protein: 6 g • Sugar: 6 g • Sodium: 3 mg • Cholesterol: 0 mg

Elysia, XOXO
Sweet Potato Hummus

This smokey sweet potato hummus is super favourable and can be used as a healthy spread or dip! It’s also low in calories, vegan and gluten-free! What’s not to love?

Sweet Potato Hummus | Hauteandhealthyliving.com

Sweet potatoes are one of those foods that I could eat every day.

I mean it.

Every. Single. Day.

It’s similar to the feelings that I have for oatmeal and peanut butter.

These foods need to FREQUENTLY be on my meal rotation, otherwise I’m not a very happy person.

When I see an opportunity to incorporate sweet potato into any dish or meal, I take it.

Sweet Potato Hummus | Hauteandhealthyliving.com

There’s something about the sweet mellow taste that just totally draws me in.

Now hummus is also something that I LOVE.

It’s so flavourful, so versatile and so healthy.

Dip veggies or pita chips in it for an afternoon snack, spread it on a wrap or pita for extra flavour at lunch, and even use it as a base for pizza!

Sweet Potato Hummus | Hauteandhealthyliving.com

Because I love sweet potatoes and I also love hummus, I decided to marry the sweet potatoes with the hummus to create….

Sweet potato hummus!!

Brilliant.

And sooo delicious.

I strongly recommend using smoked paprika in this hummus. It brings out this amazing smokey flavour that kicks it up a notch.

Yumm.

I made a super huge batch of this hummus the other day it and I’ve been eating it on pretty much everything.

Sweet Potato Hummus | Hauteandhealthyliving.com

Mixed it in with tuna, diluted it to make a salad dressing, spread it in a pita with some grilled chicken.

Sometimes you just gotta get creative.

I’m pretty sure I’ve used the stuff in every possible way that you can use hummus.

And I’m still not sick of it…

Hope you enjoy!!

Sweet Potato Hummus | Hauteandhealthyliving.com

Sweet Potato Hummus

Yield: 32 servings (each serving is about 1 tbsp.)

Ingredients

  • 1 large sweet potato
  • 1 can (15 oz) chickpeas, drained, rinsed
  • ¼ cup tahini
  • ¼ cup fresh lemon juice
  • 3 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, halved
  • 1 tsp. sea salt
  • 2 tsp. smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp. ground coriander
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin

Instructions

  1. Peel sweet potato and cut up into 1 ½ inch cubes. Bring potato cubes to a boil over medium high heat. Once it starts to boil, turn down to low and simmer for 15-20 minutes, or until sweet potato is soft when pricked with a fork.
  2. Place cooked sweet potato and remaining ingredients in large food processor. Cover and process until smooth. If required, add 1 tbsp. of water at a time until it reaches desired consistency.
  3. Cover and chill for at least 2 hours to allow flavours to blend together.

Nutrients per serving (for approximately one tablespoon hummus):

Servings: 32 • Calories: 47 • Fat: 3g • Carbohydrates: 3 g • Fibre: 1 g • Protein: 1 g • Sugar: 0 g • Sodium: 58 mg • Cholesterol: 0 mg

Elysia, XOXO
How I Stay Fit & Healthy While Working a Full-time Job

Do you ever struggle with knowing how to stay fit and healthy while juggling a full-time job and busy lifestyle? It’s a common struggle for many. Check out some of my top tips on how I find that balance!

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TheLadders job search company is seeking out advice about how to maintain a fit & healthy lifestyle while working a busy schedule. Well.

I definitely know what it’s like to be busy. Trying to juggle a full-time job, side jobs that I take on just because I get crazy ambitious, fitness, friends, family, a relationship, meal prep, social obligations, and time-consuming hobbies (like blogging) is not easy, but it definitely can be done. Here are some of my strategies for maintaining a healthy and fit lifestyle!

Plan your Meals ahead of Time

For me, I’ve always been aware that what I eat is 80% of the equation when it comes to living a healthy and fit lifestyle. If I fill my body with junk, I know that I’m going to feel like junk. I’ll probably look like it too.

One strategy that works for me is to always pack a balanced lunch. Whether it’s the night before or the morning of, plan and prep what you’re going to bring for the day. Generally, I pack a lunch and 1-2 snacks consisting of protein and fibre depending on the time of my shift.

For lunch, I’ll either grill or bake up some chicken breasts, or make a batch of  these meatloaf muffins, which are a life saver! I’ll also make a big batch of brown rice, quinoa or sweet potato fries in advance to make sure that I have proper fuel. I can’t afford to konk out and lose all my energy half way through the day. And most importantly, I pack a big salad or some type of vegetable for the fibre and added nutrients.

For snacks, I’ll make a batch of homemade protein bars on the weekend or the beginning of the week to pop into my lunch bag. These Almond Butter Protein Cups are my absolute favourite bars! I know, right? Who says healthy eating has to be torture?!

Then I’ll throw an apple or some type of fruit and nuts in my lunch bag.  These spicy nuts make an awesome snack that you can make in bulk and store in a jar or container in the cupboard. Just grab and go!

Schedule your Workouts

With my job, I don’t work a typical 9-5pm schedule. My schedule very much relies upon the events or appointments that are happening that week. That means that one day, I might work 12-8pm, while another day, I might work 8-4pm, or another I might work 11-7pm. Because of my inconsistent schedule, it’s very important that I schedule my workouts ahead of time. Otherwise, guess what?

They ain’t gonna happen.

If I know I’m going to be working an evening shift, I go to the gym before work. My morning routine generally looks like this:

1. Get ready for work

2. Pack my lunch (food mentioned above)

3. Prepare and eat my breakfast

4. Pack my gym bag with work clothes

5. Pack whatever items that I need for work (I’m known to carry 5-6 bags to work since a large part of my job involves recipe prep, classes and presentations).

I honestly find that going to the gym in the morning is a lot easier than going in the evening because I have more energy. When I workout in the morning, I find that I tend to have a lot more positivity and energy at work (one of the perks of those endorphins!)

On those days where I work a day shift, I’ll pack my gym clothes and hit the gym directly after work.

I DON’T go home first.

If I go home, I’m more likely to talk myself out of going to workout. “I’m tired… I just wanna relax tonight… I really should work on my blog… “etc.

The longer you give yourself time to think about it, the more excuses you’ll come up with to justify not going to workout.

My advice? Pack a healthy pre-workout snack and don’t allow yourself the time to talk yourself out of exercising. Just go and do your thing!

Focus on your Goals

Last but not least, I focus on what I’m looking to achieve. I don’t rely on others to motivate me or allow the words of others to bring me down. I just focus on my end goal – to be healthy, fit and a positive role model for others.

Dig deep and find out what motivates you to be healthy and fit. That’s what will ultimately keep you going through the ups and downs.

What are some of the ways you stay healthy and fit in the midst of a crazy busy schedule?

Elysia, XOXO