Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Stay On Track With Homemade Snack Boxes

I’ve partnered with Brother to bring you this blog post. As always, thank you for supporting CNC! 

I’m ALL about snack boxes lately because they make healthy eating EASY. I love snacks, but I often find myself mindlessly reaching for whatever I’m craving at the moment. Sure, there’s nothing wrong with giving into cravings from time-to-time, but I’d end up diving into a box of cereal and basically eating my way out.

Now that we’ve started putting together snack boxes at the beginning of the week, my snack habits have been much more on point. With a snack box, waiting in the fridge, perfectly labeled and ready to go, I always have a nutritious and well-balanced option available to me. I can’t even explain how much these little boxes have improved my eating habits in recent weeks, so I wanted to share some of my favorite combos and how to put them together for the best ever grab-and-go snack!

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Ok, let’s start with some of my favorite combos:

PROTEIN SNACK BOX

  • (1) Egg Boiled Whole
  • (1) Deli Turkey (2 oz)
  • (1) Babybell Cheese
  • (4) Celery – STALK
  • (1) Nut Butter – TBSP
  • (1) Salt & Pepper (pinch)

FRUIT & NUT SNACK BOX

  • (0.25) Nuts – CUP
  • (0.5) Pineapple, grape, mango – CUP
  • (0.5) Blueberries, strawberries, raspberries – CUP
  • (0.5) Plain Non-Fat Greek Yogurt – CUP
  • (0.5) Cinnamon – TEASPOON

CHIPS & DIP SNACK BOX

  • (1) Bell Pepper (Medium, Color of Choice)
  • (0.33) Hummus (Any Flavor) – CUP
  • (1) Pita Chips – CUP
  • (1) Babybell Cheese

FYI: Just enter these into MyFitnessPal as a recipe, using your favorite brands/varieties!

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Once I get all of my snack boxes organized, it’s time to label them! I like using the Brother P-Touch Label Maker to help me easily organize the contents of our refrigerator– making it easier and faster to find things when you need them. I love being able to just grab and go! The labels also prevent Mal from taking my snack boxes for lunch, which has definitely happened on more than one occasion. Now there’s no confusion about which containers are leftovers for lunch versus snack boxes!

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The labels are also great because they’re super durable. They’re water-resistant, temperature-resistant, and fade-resistant, which means they go from the fridge to the dishwasher and back again without any issues. It’s a huge time-saver because I’m not re-making labels, and I can reuse the containers again and again. Related: These labels are perfect for drawing attention to food allergies/dietary restrictions, like if you’re labeling cookies for school, and they contain nuts, gluten, etc.

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The Brother P-Touch Label Maker is really cool because you can totally customize your labels. It give you the choice of 14 fonts, 97 frames, and more than 600 symbols. AND there’s a variety of colors, sizes, and types of TZe tape sure to match your needs. It’s so easy to add your own personal touch to items for yourself or others.

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From labeling file folders and food containers to gift wrapping and scrapbooking, there are endless options for the Brother P-Touch Label Maker. It really does help our family organize our busy lives, especially with regard to food prep and healthy eating. To purchase the P-Touch Label Maker.

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Questions of the Day

What’s your favorite snack box combo?

What needs labeling in your house?

 

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7 Primal Mantras to Drive Your Success

The Complexity Of Simplicity

Like 99% of Americans, I love everything about Fixer Upper and Chip and Joanna. I am obsessed with their style – that rustic, shiplap, farmhouse feel. I recently got a sample abbreviated copy of their new magazine, Magnolia Journal, with another one of my magazines in the mail. Of course, it was beautifully designed, but it was also full of great tips and articles.

I read this article written by Joanna, and I loved every.single.word.

(I’m not sure if you can read that, or if I am allowed to post a photo, but I would think Magnolia Journal would like me spreading the word about how great it is and why you should subscribe!)

The gist of the article is that it’s a myth that you set yourself up to live a simple life and then just forget about it. Like most things in life, simplicity requires maintenance. Joanna says, “Few things in my life require more intentionality than living an edited life.”

I cannot agree with her more. I am constantly editing my closet, my clutter spots, my kitchen cabinets, my pantry, Mazen’s toys, drawers, the garage, etc. The natural tendency is for things to build up, and therefore we must continually pair down. I just sent a huuuuge box to Goodwill last week, and I have no idea where most of the things in there came from. (Most of them were probably Target purchases from five years ago.)

This concept has parallels with healthy living too – the tendency is to eat more and more and let things slide as we float through life distracted by everything we have on our proverbial plates. But we must intentionally reset every now and then and reflect on our choices to make sure we are eating and living with mindfulness. That’s why food journals are so effective – they force us to step back and reflect.

I would love to hear your thoughts on this topic. Do you agree? Disagree? Are you someone who is constantly editing or do you just go with the flow of your house until your closets are full and you need to move?

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