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Staying Healthy Together

Raise your hand if being at home more has you grabbing for the snacks. Most of us are on the snack struggle bus, but before you go slapping motivational speeches on your refrigerator to keep you away, let’s entertain some easy, healthy alternatives to keep the guilt down and the fuel high.

Snacking the right way not only keeps gas in your engine when it’s getting low, but can also be an important way to get in the macro (and micro) nutrients your meals may lack.

“Generally speaking, if you’re snacking in order to sustain your energy until the next meal, then your best bet is to pick something satisfying with nutritional staying power. That typically comes in the form of protein, fiber, and/or fat—to help you maintain stable blood sugar levels and ward off the dreaded afternoon slump. And there is a pretty dang wide array of snack options that can do that.” — Brittany Kohn, M.S., R.D.

What makes a healthy snack? One that’s high in nutritional value (protein, vitamins, minerals, fiber) but relatively low in calories, total fat, saturated fat (no trans fat), sugar, and sodium.

 

Tips & Tricks:

  1. Go for snacks that are high in fiber and protein
  2. Consider the portion size
  3. Aim for fruits, vegetables, whole-grain snacks, and dairy
  4. Simple combos {apple + pb, carrots + hummus, yogurt + nuts}

 

Common snacking pitfalls:
When snacks are the same size as main meals
When they are loaded with salt, sugar or fat
When you eat out of boredom (instead of hunger)
Choosing low-fibre, low-fat snacks that won’t fill you up, meaning you may need to grab another snack shortly
Mistaking thirst for hunger

Resources:

40 Nutritious (and tasty) Healthy Snacks

5-Ingredient Protein Bites

A Guide to Healthy Snacking

 

Fitness:

Barre-Up will be opening their virtual classes to our Wellness Wednesday “attendees” this evening!

Use Code : midtownmagazine for your FREE access.

“Locally co-owned by Winter Holbrook and Leah Ward, Barre-Up is a boutique fitness studio here in Raleigh directly across the street from the JC Raulston Arboretum. We offer Pilates-based Barre, Vinyasa, Buti Yoga, Yin, Mat Pilates, POP-Pilates, dance fitness and a variety of core-focused yoga inspired HIIT classes. Our main mission is to “empower women on and off the mat”.  Since the COVID-19 pandemic swept through our community, we are adding to that by embracing a new normal where we have learned to “adapt” and shift to keep everyone safe and in compliance with government and CDC guidelines. We are very proud of the sense of community our studio offers and being a warm and friendly space to practice has always been our goal. We always want to encourage each individual to “come as you are” when you walk through our doors without fear of judgement. Our virtual doors are just as real and just as open and now more than ever, we are here to keep people moving and feeling connected! We want to provide a “virtual” place of calm, as we weather the storm together!”

CLASS TIMES:

Wednesday, April 29th 5:00PMSculpt + Flow

Wednesday, April 29th 6:00PMYoga Sculpt

All class descriptions can be found on their website or MINDBODY.

Follow:

Facebook @ Barre-Up

Instagram @ Barre-Up Raleigh

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