17 Healthy Snack Ideas

April 24, 2014

HealthySnackIdeasMorning breakfast bowl with agave sweetener blue berries and strawberriesThis is one of my go-to’s and I looove it. I include: Non-fat vanilla yogurt, strawberries, blueberries + no sugar honey.

Avocado with tuna + greek yogurtI often eat this for lunch and love how full of healthy fats it is while still being delish. I fill the avocados with tuna mixed with non-fat plain Greek yogurt.

sandwich rounds with peanut butter + fruit + cinnamonSandwich rounds toasted with peanut butter, strawberries, bananas + cinnamon.

smoothie bowl how to I throw coconut milk, strawberries, spinach and ice into a blender, pour it into a bowl + top it with cocoa nibs, strawberries + bananas.

ants on a log for a healthy treatG and I love this classic for late-night TV watching! Celery sticks with peanut butter + raisins.

sandwiches without breadI often eat these for lunch because they’re like sandwiches without the extra carbs. Slice of ham, pickles and non-fat olive oil mayo.

strawberry chia drink from Trader Joe'sThis Strawberry Chia Juice Smoothie is one of my faves at Trader Joe’s! I eat it a lot in between breakfast + lunch as a midmorning snack.

IMG_3424Just do yourself a favor and next time you’re hungry in between meals eat this. I also eat it often for breakfast! Mix steel cut oats (cooked in coconut milk) with peanut butter and top with raisins, bananas and cinnamon. Yum. 

peanut butter sandwich rounds with acai juice + applesSandwich rounds with peanut butter + apple slices. To drink? Açaí juice! Make sure you look for the most natural one you can find because many have unneeded sugars!

Two Degree Chocolate Banana bar review These Two Degrees Chocolate Banana bars are so good! They’re made with the best ingredients + they also give a meal to a hungry child for every bar you buy. It’s a win-win!

Graze BoxOh, Graze…my love…my one true love. I started ordering this subscription box a few months ago on a whim and am now hooked. They send you a box of healthy treats every 2 to 4 weeks depending on the plan you choose + I can honestly say I  haven’t been disappointed with a single option. They’re also the perfect serving sizes! Graze is affordable (like $6 a box) + delivers high quality ingredients. If you put in this code when you order: KAYLIS35P you get your 1st and 5th box FREE! Yay! PS: If you don’t want to use my coupon code because I get a dollar off, then don’t…but still try Graze! Da bomb.

IMG_5694Another go-to fave of mine is nonfat vanilla yogurt, strawberries, peanut butter + granola. I also like to pair it with the green juice from Trader Joe’s.

HalfPopsI recently tried HalfPops + have really taken a liking to them! I love how they’re a healthier option + also taste amazing! I was super impressed by the aged white cheddar.

fruit salad, cucumbers + sunflower seedsThis always tides me over + is a great meal to pack on a lunch break! I throw in spinach, strawberries, oranges + a strawberry vinaigrette for a salad and pair with unsalted sunflower seeds + cucumbers.

morning fruit bowl with chia seedsThis makes a lovely midday snack or breakfast! Strawberries, blueberries, bananas, chia seeds and agave.

mama chia review and toastA Mama Chia drink paired with pb&j toast is a great midmorning snack or breakfast!

cucumber salad with rice vinegarAnother great snack or mini-meal to have in between lunch and dinner is this concoction: cucumbers, sliced carrots, spinach with rice vinegar for the salad, baby pickles + honey roasted peanuts for a sweet addition.

What’s your favorite healthy snack? For more healthy meal inspiration, make sure you’re following along on Instagram

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YoplaitTasteOffCampaignWe love Greek Yogurt in our house, so when Yoplait reached out to do an honest taste off between their Strawberry 100-Calorie Yogurt vs. Chobani’s Strawberry 100-Calorie Greek Yogurt, I was thrilled! I could give my honest opinion and taste some yummy strawberry deliciousness in the process.

So tonight, I put my ultimate taste tester to the test…G.

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He devoured each bowl and found things he liked about both. For instance, he found that he could eat Chobani longer because it wasn’t as sweet, but immediately loved the flavor of the Yoplait. But based on texture, flavor and visual appearance we chose a winner…

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I have to say, I was pretty shocked because we’re typically Chobani fans but this truly won us over. Looks like we have a new go-to in our house! A bonus? No more need to add strawberries to my green smoothies! I’m now going to buy the Yoplait 100-Calorie Strawberry flavor and just toss it in to the blender.

Would you be on board for trying it? Are you surprised with the results? I’d love it if you’d visit the Taste Off page and shared your opinion! 

This story was sponsored by Yoplait, but the best yogurt was determined by me.

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This post brought to you by BIC 4-Color pen. All opinions are 100% mine.

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You guys know how much of a planner nerd I am! In fact, I’m probably the biggest planner geek around town. Wanna know why? Because I color code. 

Yep, no shame.

My plan of attack? I use the BIC® 4-Color™ pen for my coding (so much easier than having a million different pens in my purse! Like I don’t already…) and get to work – it’s 4 Inseparable Colors in 1 Pen! I use green for blog work, red for my job, blue for school + black for meetings/other priorities. This has really allowed me to see where I am with my goals for the week in a quick glance so that I don’t have to take my time reading through the whole week. You can change up colors though for what best suits your activities. For instance, you could replace blog work with basketball or my job with volunteer work. Whatever works best + makes your lifestyle easier. 

You can buy the BIC® 4-Color™ pen at retailers like Walmart, Staples or Amazon and it’s super affordable (I paid only a little over $2!) I also really like that BIC® has a personal segment on which color is most like you– it added a little something something + I’m always up for a fun personality test :) I chose blue. They described blue as “the boss” + as the oldest child, I have to say, that’s probably closest to my personality type! ;) The next best part? They even have videos you can watch! Check ‘em out: They’re good for a laugh!

You can also follow BIC® 4-Color™ on Facebook + Twitter for some fun illustration examples + cool content.

PS: Did anyone catch Mexico in there towards the end of the week?? So. Excited.

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weeklywishesandthesecretprojectOkay, you guys! Let’s just cut right to the chase– if you’ve been following me on Twitter or reading Kayli Wanders on the reg, you know that I’ve been working tirelessly on that shiny new project I keep on mentioning. Let me start from the beginning:

In January (completely by fate) Codi tweeted me a link to a woman’s site saying a friend of hers was looking to hire a social media manager knowing that I was looking for similar work. On a whim, I decided to go for it, applied for the job, had a Skype interview that next day, hit it off with a fabulous PR + Media Coach and was hired on the spot. Talk about a whirlwind!

Next thing I knew, I slowly started finding Social Media Management + PR jobs and threw in some freelancing gigs for good measure. They started to take up more + more of my time and for the first time, I truly loved the work I was putting out into the world. Now, during this time, my blog was also growing significantly and I was learning heaps + heaps of wonderful things in this incredible world of PR, blogging + small business. With this new found knowledge came people coming to me for advice about, well, PR, blogging + small business. I was helping, I was growing + most of all, I was realizing. 

Realizing how much I loved this line of work, realizing that these areas were my passions + realizing that I could actually charge people for these services.

Fast forward to a gazillion talks with some lovely mentors, brainstorm sessions + a hiring of a web designer and dah, dah, dah, dahhh! I decided to go for my dreams and start my own small business! This was always something that I’ve considered and dreamt about, but I was stuck in the mentality that I had to wait for the right time– until I had enough experience, until I reached a certain age, a certain level of my upper education, etc. What I decided was that the time was now.

In June, I’ll be launching The Passion Punch. 

There are still kinks to be worked out– ya know, the technical biz that no one reallly needs to care about (except for myself of course) but I am so ecstatic and ready to embark on this new journey! I’ll be helping entrepreneurs, bloggers + creative small business owners that want to grow their business + pursue their deeper passion in life. Living your dreams is what life is all about + I intend to encourage a few of you guys to ditch your age-old expectations and go for the gold! After all, the only limitations you have in life are the ones you give yourself. 

How you may ask? By carefully constructing a social media and PR plan for your biz and coming up with a business strategy that knocks your socks off + makes your clients go, “Woah.” 

More details to come, but I just had to let the cat out of the bag!

Let’s move on, shall we?

Last week’s Weekly Wishes were to finish one of my final projects by Tuesday afternoon, brainstorm some more for my project and taking some time to relax. For the first time in a while, check, check and check! 

This Week my Weekly Wishes are to:
  • Get some more work done for The Passion Punch.
  • Finish another final project.
  • Enjoy Mexico this weekend!

Because I’m super excited about the launch of The Passion Punch, I’m giving one lucky reader the chance for a business/blog consult! Enter below + good luck!
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Do you have a dream your currently chasing? How can I help get you there? 

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Protein Ice cream sandwich

What You’ll Need:

Easy. Peasy. (Cookie?) Squeezy.

I fell in love with Lenny & Larry’s a while back when I went to a health expo and automatically became hooked. I’ve tried every type of Complete Cookie they have to offer + what I love the most isn’t how healthy they are, it’s how much they taste like Grandma’s homemade cookies…I wouldn’t even tell the difference if you blindfolded me besides the fact that the Complete Cookies are H.U.G.E! 

I love that they’re all natural, don’t contain any GMO’s, contain no sugar alcohols + contain 16 grams of protein per cookie! That’s pretty amazing if you ask me.

Want to hear the very best part? Lenny & Larry’s has agreed to give away one box of their Chocolate Chip Complete Cookies! Just comment below with what kind of ice-cream you’d use in your cookie sandwich :) Contest open to US residents only!

Who would you split your cookie with? 

 

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Tonto Natural Bridge

April 15, 2014

If you follow me on Instagram, you probably know that G recently had knee surgery after over a year of having problems– this meant no couple hiking! That means that after a year of wanting to rip each other’s eye balls out being stuck inside, when we finally were able to venture to Tonto Natural Bridge for G’s first hike back a couple of weeks ago, we were psyched.

Tonto Natural Bridge lies 10 miles north of Payson, Arizona and is home to the largest natural tavertine bridge in the world. It was gorgeous. I’d go as far as to say one of the most stunning places I’ve ever been. There are four different trails you can take and we tried all four– but beware, the Anna Mae trail probably isn’t the best for young children or people who don’t dig the whole climbing on rocks/muddling through rivers type of thing. However, we loved it so I highly recommend it!

If you take one trail, take the Gowan! This is where we were bestowed with the most lovely views, photograph opportunities + even a sweet Canadian couple. ;) You don’t want to miss this! 

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Hiking in Tonto Natural Bridge State Park, Arizona Getting to Tonto Natural Bridge Javelina in Payson, AZ at Tonto Natural Bridge State Park

Tips:

  • There’s a fee so don’t forget your cash! $2.00 for children 13 and younger and $5 for 14 and up.
  • Bring water!
  • If you’re going to hike the Anna Mae trail I highly recommend bringing hiking shoes.

Do you like to hike? Where are your favorite trails? 

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Weekly Wishes

April 14, 2014

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Monday, Monday, Monday…how did you come so soon?! The weekend was fun, but the week wasn’t quite long enough and I felt like I had no time to get everything I wanted to get done done! Although I had time to start two of last week’s weekly wishes- brainstorm for my upcoming project + begin one of my final projects. I totally failed on blogging four times. I blogged twice. So there’s that.

This week my Weekly Wishes are to:
  • Finish one of my final projects by Tuesday afternoon.
  • Brainstorm some more for my project.
  • Take time to relax.

Simple and to the point.

What are your Weekly Wishes? 

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Savor the Moment

April 11, 2014

During the week I get so caught up in the day-to-day that I often forget to sit back, relax + savor the moment. Work is constantly running through my head, errands to run are constantly stacking up on my “to do” list and school work is piled on my desk waiting to be completed. So, last night, G and I decided to take some time off to go fishing, enjoy each other’s company + (of course) devour some Ghiradelli Intense Dark  chocolate. A obsession guilty pleasure of mine and one of G’s favorite snacks.

We grabbed our fishing pole, our chocolate and hit the road! It was such a nice night filled with a beautiful warm spring breeze, good conversation + much needed relaxation.

Relaxing

Twilight Delight Intense Dark Chocolate

I hope this inspires you to take some time out of your busy week + enjoy a little downtime (and a lot of chocolate!)

What’s your perfect pairing for a leisurely evening? If you follow me on Instagram, you saw mine! Share yours with me (pretty please with a dark chocolate square on top?) here! 

Although this post was sponsored by Ghiradelli, all opinions stated are my own. 

 

 

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Weekly Wishes

April 7, 2014

weeklywishes4-7Is it just me or did Monday arrive way too soon? After a relaxing weekend up in the woods getting back into the groove will be quite the task, but I’m sure everything will fall pack into place in no time! Last week, my Weekly Wishes were to exercise more, drink more water and work on Kayli Wanders’ social media presence. One word: fail. I actually exercised less because I was so busy with work + getting our trip planned out, I drank my usual amount of water but nothing crazy and Kayli Wanders’ was probably less on the social media stage than usual. Here’s to this week, right?!

This week, my Weekly Wishes are to:
  • Brainstorm for my top secret project…more details to come (hopefully soon!)
  • Get started on at least one of my final projects. The final month of school has come and it’s here full speed ahead!
  • Blog…let’s say at least four times, okay? Hold me accountable!

What are your Weekly Wishes? 

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Weekly Wishes

March 31, 2014

Weekly WishesHappy Monday, my lovelies and I hope you all had a lovely weekend! I know I did + am looking forward to the week ahead. Last week, my Weekly Wishes were to get back into blogging, keep my head above water with school work and relax a bit by flipping through that Elle that has been on my desk. I got back into blogging (although I didn’t post quite as much as I would have liked), finished all school work on time (why I didn’t get quite so far in blogland as I’d have liked!) and I did have time to relax…I just spent that time doing other things. So, I’d consider it a win!

This week, my Weekly Wishes are to:

  • Keep on exercising! I’ve been good about this lately, but I’d like to do it more often + get ready for bikini season here in Phoenix.
  • Drink more water! Once again, I feel that I’m doing pretty good with this one, but there’s always room for improvement and less sugary drinks.
  • Work on Kayli Wanders’ social media presence. It’s there, but I realize that I spend most time working on my clients SM efforts + not as much my own! I should be doing more.

What’s on your “getter-done” list this week? Do tell! 

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