Please scroll down to view our articles and photos. Thank you for your visit.

Life with Style
Click Here to Like Us on Facebook
Follow @EClovis


Home Icon
Home Page
Living with Style
Farmers' Market, Clovis, CA
Simply Delicious

festivals and events
Festivals and Events


How to Snack Better:
Combat Hunger Between Meals

Published June 12, 2015

photo of California cherries

Americans are changing the way they eat. Snacking is part of our daily lifestyles, making up half of all eating occasions, according to a 2014 report from The Hartman Group. With snacking on the rise, healthy eating is often a challenge. However, when done in moderation with nutritious options, grazing can help you maintain energy throughout the day and ensure your body gets the calories and nutrients it needs. To nosh the sensible way, follow these simple tips.

*Plan ahead. When it comes to eating a well-rounded diet, preparation is the first step toward success. Prior planning ensures decent choices are at your fingertips and helps you avoid the temptation of purchasing junk food. Before taking a trip to the local market, create a list packed with fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Once finalized, stick to it!

*Mix it up. Now more than ever, Americans are incorporating smoothies into their diets. The latest Vitamix research shows Americans consumed a whopping 7.4 billion smoothies last year alone—and that trend is growing. Perfect for taking on the go, smoothies are easy to make and packed with nutrients. These satiating snacks allow us to consume healthy selections, such as citrus fruits, berries, leafy greens, almonds, chia seeds and flaxseed—all in one delicious drink. Blend your way to better snacking by mixing your favorite smoothie ingredients in a Vitamix 7500, which can process even the toughest whole foods. When the 10 a.m. or 3 p.m. craving hits, indulge in your healthful smoothie.

*Go nuts. How you fuel your body can make a difference in how you feel. Foods such as nuts and seeds are high in protein, so opt for a handful of raw almonds, pumpkin seeds or a seed and nut mix to keep you full between meals.

Nut butters provide a sweet and salty fix and are another great way to add a dose of protein and healthy fat. Use a Vitamix to blend fresh peanut, almond or cashew butters and store in your refrigerator for easy access. Spread a serving on a banana, celery or cracker, and voila you’ve got a balanced snack! You can also blend a dab of nut butter in your smoothie for a quick flavor boost.

*Snacks to stash. Whether you are hauling your children from practice to practice, juggling multiple projects at work or studying for exams, stress may bring mindless munching. Luckily, there are plenty of favorites you can make yourself that can satisfy your cravings in a more healthy manner.

If you’re a fan of chips, consider baking your own, which will enable control over fat and sodium content, and allow you to consume all-natural ingredients. Pita chips hold up to dips and sauces such as Spicy Hummus, guacamole or Mango Salsa, which are loaded with nutrients and provide an alternative to calorie-laden selections. Other chip varieties to consider are sweet potato and kale.

For those who crave sweets, wholesome, make-ahead options include homemade granola bars with dates, raisins, grains and seeds or DIY dried fruit.

*Satisfy your hunger. Eating well doesn’t have to be a time-consuming chore. Choose items that are packed with fiber, protein or slow-digesting carbs to help you stay satisfied longer. Hardboiled eggs, air-popped popcorn and oatmeal are great options.

Thoughtful snacking allows you to maintain a balanced eating regime, which helps with energy, mood and weight control. Nosh like a nutritionist and use quick bites to strategically maximize your nutrient intake. Create versatile and simple snacks to enjoy at home or on the go with the tasty recipes listed below.

Going Green Smoothie


1/2 cup water
1 cup green grapes
1/2 cup pineapple chunks
1/2 ripe banana peeled
2 cups fresh spinach packed
1/2 cup ice cubes


1. Place all ingredients into the Vitamix container in the order listed and secure lid.
2. Select Variable 1.
3. Turn machine on and slowly increase speed to Variable 10, then to High.
4. Blend for 45 seconds or until desired consistency is reached. Serve immediately.

Almond Butter


4 cups unsalted roasted almonds
1/4 cup canola oil


1. Place all ingredients into the Vitamix container in the order listed and secure lid.
2. Select Variable 1.
3. Turn machine on and slowly increase speed to Variable 10, then to High.
4. Use the tamper to press the ingredients into the blades.
5. In 1 minute you will hear a high-pitched chugging sound. Once the butter begins to flow freely through the blades, the motor sound will change and become low and laboring. Stop machine.
6. Store in an airtight container. It can also be frozen for longer storage.

(Source: BPT)

Back to Living with Style

Clovis is what every small town aspires to be
when it grows up!

Meet Our Publisher
JoAnne Green, Editor/Publisher
Clovis resident for 30 years

Click Here to Like Us on Facebook

Follow @EClovis


Most Viewed Articles

Annual Fig Festival

Annual North American Pole Vault Championships

Meet the Best Friends of Wildlife

Annual Clovis British Classic Car Show


Home Advertise with Us Contact Us About Us Terms of Use Privacy Pledge

Website Design and Web Content © 2009 - 2017 Sunburst Worldwide Enterprises. All Rights Reserved.
Warning: All of the pages on Online Independent Community Magazine are the intellectual property of Sunburst Worldwide Enterprises and are protected under U.S. and International copyright laws. Reproduction by any means of for any purpose, except as specified on certain pages, is not allowed
 without the express written permission of the copyright owner. Independent Community Magazine is an online publication of Sunburst Worldwide Enterprises, a division of Rand Green Communications.
By using this website, you agree to our Terms and Conditions of Use.

Last update