Live KIND

Kindness makes the world a better place, and I think we could all agree on that. I am currently partnering with KIND Snacks and want to encourage you all (and myself) to Live KIND. every day™. How can we do this? Doing things for your taste buds, your body, and your world is a great start!Live KIND

As an athlete, I am KIND to my body by exercising, eating nutritious (and delicious) foods, taking rest days for my body, and my mind. I have been working really hard better myself physically by going to boot camp four days a week and running twice a week since the beginning of January. I don’t always feel like I am being KIND to myself in the middle of a tough workout (haha) but I know in the end that it will be worth it!

One thing I am always careful to do though is to take a rest day each week. Too many people think they need to push hard seven days a week, and for me personally that is not being KIND to my body. I need to recover and rest to get even stronger. I typically do my longest workout (my long run) on Saturday, so Sunday makes for a great rest day for me. I think it is also important to take a mental health break, whether it be going for a walk with your dog or taking a quick nap, sometimes we just need to think about nothing!

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A part of being KIND to my body is also what I am fueling it with. I have to eat healthy foods or my workouts aren’t as effective, I feel sluggish, and get really tired. I eat KIND snacks after a tough workout to refuel me and tide me over until my next meal. They are really easy to just throw into my gym bag or purse to eat on the go, which fits in well with my busy life. They are a solution for every day! My favorites are Almond and Coconut, and anything with chocolate.

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I also think it’s important to be KIND to your taste buds. I love to eat delicious food, and sometimes for this southern girl that means home cooked comfort food! But, those are treats, and for the most part we try to eat healthy, especially to teach my toddler good healthy eating habits. Anyone with a toddler can tell you that sometimes trying to get them to eat healthy foods is like trying to bathe a cat. We continually give her lots of greens (she loves green beans), protein like turkey and chicken, and healthy fats like avocados but sometimes she turns them away. I know it’s just a phase, but it can be frustrating at times! Mixing veggies in with foods she already likes helps as well. Also, she LOVES my KIND snacks! Anytime she hears me rip open a package from the pantry she comes running and holds her little hand out for a bite. It’s so cute, but I usually end up having to open a second bar so I get enough to eat!

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As much as I think it is important to be kind to yourself, it’s also important to be KIND to those around you. I grew up doing volunteer work though my church and was raised to always keep others and their needs in mind. We can always do more to help others, and I think doing first hand work with those less fortunate is something that is very eye opening. One such experience happened to me this time last year, and has still stuck with me. I had the opportunity to help out with a Feed the Children charity event in New Orleans in conjunction with the Run Rock n Roll Series. We spent the afternoon giving food and toiletries to needy families in the area, and it was such a blessing to me to get to chat with some of these people, hear their stories, and do a little something to brighten their day. I truly believe we need more KINDness in the world, and that if we can all do a little more, things could be amazing.

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QOTD: What are you doing to Live KIND. every day™ for your body, the world, and your taste buds?   Check out how we “Live KIND” on our blog, http://www.kindsnacks.com/blog/, and follow KIND snacks on  Twitter/Instagram/Facebook – @kindsnacks and chat with them using #LiveKIND.

This post is sponsored by FitFluential on behalf of KIND.

Snack Happy: Healthy Snacks to Make at Home

Today’s guest post is from Karen at Karen Loves to Run. Be sure to stop by her blog and show her some love!

I don’t know about you but I love to snack.  As a runner training for a handful of races, high mileage = hungry girl.  It’s easy to make unhealthy snack choices (hello, chocolate covered pretzels) but lately I’ve been snacking happy at home with a few easy to make healthy snacks.

Here are some of my favorites:

Go Nuts

Nuts are a great snack; they are packed with heart-healthy fats, vitamins, minerals, and protein. Mix some of your favorites together, add in some dried fruits and even some seeds and you’ve got your own trail mix. There are many trail mixes available at your local grocery store but I find that they are pricey and I can never find the exact combination I like. I’ve started making my own by buying larger bags of nuts, seeds and dried fruit and combining them into a large jar I keep in the kitchen. Making it at home also lets me come up with some tasty creations!


Homemade Trail Mix

  • Almonds (unsalted)
  • Pumpkin Seeds
  • Sunflower Seeds
  • Raisins
  • Dried Cherries
  • Dried Cranberries
  • Peanuts



Sometimes I roast and salt the almonds at home before putting them into the mix.  It’s so simple to do:

Roasted Almonds: 4 cups almonds, 1T. canola or vegetable oil, Kosher salt on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper (make sure almonds are coated in oil) pop in the oven for 12-13 minutes 350 degrees. Remove, sprinkle with desired amount of Kosher salt, set aside to cool.

Berry Sweet Parfait

This easy combination of yogurt, granola, berries topped with a bit of honey makes a sweet snack or healthy dessert. You can add in any of your favorite fruit (mine is strawberries) and make it with Greek yogurt for extra protein.


Frozen Grapes

This one seems like a no brainer but until a few months ago I had never had frozen grapes, now I love them! It’s easy to pop them in the freezer for about an hour and voila! A frozen snack thats yummy and healthy.

Smoothies

Smoothies are a great snack anytime especially on the go or for breakfast.  I make homemade freezer smoothie packets.  They are perfect if you are short on time (especially if you are trying to get out the door in the morning).  All you need to do is pull one out of the freezer and pop it in the blender.

  • Homemade Freezer Smoothie Packets
    • I find it’s easiest to prepare all of the ingredients at once and place them in a mixing bowl and toss together.
    • Choose your favorite fruits (I prefer fresh but you can do this with frozen fruit as well) and divide into smaller portions.  I save mine in snack size plastic bags and label them.
    • You can pick and choose what you add into your smoothie I’ve been using: coconut milk, almond milk, soy milk, a pinch of Flax seed or Chia seed, and my favorite…spinach! Adding spinach into your smoothie is a great way to boost it’s health benefits.  My tip for green smoothies: stick to only a few fruits and make sure it’s something you love, the fruit flavor will overpower the spinach. I made a pineapple, banana and spinach smoothie.

I hope these ideas keep you snacking happy though out the day! 🙂

Question: What is your favorite at home healthy snack to make?