It can be hard to find healthy snacks to eat throughout the day whether you are working, playing, or taking the kids out for some summer fun. Summer may be a good excuse to grab some junk food, but there are many other tasty options that will give us the nutrients our bodies need. We have come up with some of our favorite healthy and affordable snacks that give us the proper nutrients to carry out our day!
GoGo Squeez Applesauce
These are a great source of fiber made with 100% fruit. With so many flavors to choose from, there is a flavor for everyone. They are perfect snacks for busy families--kids and adults!
Sabra Hummus w/ Pretzels
This is another quick, healthy option to grab on the go. You can also try Sabra Hummus Singles and bring along a snack bag of carrots or celery to get that vegetable intake!
Simply 7 Quinoa Chips are the must-have on the market. We all love to snack on our favorite bag of chips, but quinoa chips are addicting AND 40% less fattening than potato chips. They have a delicious flavor and are a great source of protein.
It’s hard not to be biased because cheese is SO good, but string cheese really should be a staple for everyone. They give a small source of protein with low calories. It’s also perfect to pair with a handful of almonds!
Apples and Peanut Butter
Apples paired with peanut butter is easy, nutritious, and filling. Many fitness trainers recommend this snack before a workout to give quick energy for that boost you need to push through!
Protein-filled and tasty are the appropriate ways to describe beef jerky. As a healthy snack, be careful to select the correct brand. Chef’s Cut is a popular and savory choice.
Fiber, antioxidants, and happiness. Popcorn is a healthy snack when it is air popped, and not drenched with butter or salt. Skinny Pop and Smartfood brands are also highly recommended from our end!
What’s your favorite healthy snack to grab on the go? Don’t forget to tell us in the comments below!
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We all have areas of our health we would like to improve. Whether it be fitness, nutrition, or emotional health related, we want to help! We’ve compiled a short list of our favorite ways for you to start working on your all around health today!
- Stress Management
Stress, in small amounts, can be great for motivation and getting things done, but what happens to your body when you start feeling overwhelmed? Symptoms of stress can include: low energy, headaches, upset stomach, aches, pains, and tense muscles, chest pain and rapid heartbeat, insomnia, frequent colds and infections, and more. Learning how to best manage your stress is vitally important to bettering your health!
Ever heard of the 2/30 rule? If you haven’t, you’re not alone. For every 2 hours of television you watch, workout for 30 minutes. Seems pretty simple, right? This is a great way to get started if you are brand new to your fitness journey. Not only will this get you moving, but it will help you live a more balanced and well-rounded life! Who doesn’t want that?
- Substitute At Least One Drink A Day With Water
If you are a heavy soda, coffee, juice, or any other sugary beverage drinker, this tip can help you lose weight and improve the health of your body! Theoretically, one pound of body weight is equal to about 3,500 calories. If you are drinking one sugary beverage a day with an average of 185 calories, substituting that beverage with water will help you lose one pound in roughly 19 days.
- Don’t Compare Your Fitness Journey
With the prevalence of social media, it has become increasingly easy to compare our Instagram and Facebook photos to the likes of fitness models. Keep in mind that everything posted on social media is carefully curated to show someone’s best side. Plus, you never know how long someone has been working to get in the shape they’re in. Keep working hard, and support those around you!
- Shoot For 7+ Hours Of Sleep Each Night
Studies have shown that the average adult needs between 7-9 hours of sleep each night. Getting enough sleep can aid weight loss, improve mood, and reduce stress! It will be much easier to start a day with healthy choices if you’re well rested from the night before.
- Reduce Your Screen Time
More specifically, spend more time with the people around you. Relationships can dramatically improve when you turn off your phone, step away from the computer, and switch off the tv. Plus, your eyes will thank you for the break!
- Don’t Do Drugs.
Period. (Come on, you know the kinds of drugs we are talking about here.)
- Organize Your Space.
Do you have that one cleaning project nagging you at the back of your mind? Keeping a clean and organized space around you will help you relax and enjoy your home a little more. This can lead to better sleep AND reduced stress! It’s a double win!
- Reduce Your Debt/Save More
Being healthy includes financial health, and a huge percentage of the average person’s stress is based on money. Even if you’re only saving $5 a week, start somewhere. You’ll be grateful for that cushion if you ever need it.
- Appreciate The Little Things
Try living in the moment more rather than focusing on what’s coming next. By doing this, you can appreciate all of the beautiful little things in life. Whether it’s finding a penny on the street or making your weekly fitness goal – appreciate all of the small victories!
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This week we will be spotlighting some of the amazing charities that we are partnering with this month! The Great Inflatable Race truly believes in giving back to the community in each city we go to. Our vision is to positively impact the lives of millions of people by providing opportunities for movement-one of these being community movement! Be sure to check out our Spotlights below to learn more about these amazing charities and how you can help!
Fourth Street Clinic
Salt Lake City, UT: June 3
First, we want to give a big shout-out to Fourth Street Clinic that partnered with us for the Salt Lake City race this past weekend! We also want to thank Roseman University National Community Pharmacists Association for all of their help!
Fourth Street Clinic has been serving Utah's homeless population for more than 27 years. Their goal is to provide health care and support services that improve quality of life to individuals who need it most. Not only that, Fourth Street Clinic promotes across-the-board health care savings.
On average, 125 people visit Fourth Street Clinic every day. The clinic provides corrective eyewear, dental procedures, on-site mammograms, prescriptions, smoking cessation classes, colon cancer testing, hearing aids, and so much more. Visit http://fourthstreetclinic.org/ to learn more about their organization.
Shoes for the Shoeless
Dayton, OH: June 16 and 17
We are proud to sponsor Shoes 4 the Shoeless for both of our Dayton races! Shoes 4 the Shoeless is a nonprofit organization that makes it their mission to provide properly-fitting gym shoes and socks to local children in need. They started out in 2010 and have already helped thousands of children in Montgomery County where 40.9% of children live in poverty.These children are in desperate need of shoes and socks; otherwise, they face a lifetime of physical, social and emotional problems.
Shoes 4 the Shoeless has a vision of ending the physical and emotional distress children endure when they go without good shoes. The Great Inflatable Race is proud to support this vision. You can support Shoes 4 the Shoeless by signing up for the race and donating to them today through https://registermyrace.com/register/charity/the-great-inflatable-race-dayton/338?charities=100. You can also learn more about this organization and other ways you can help by visiting www.shoes4theshoeless.org.
Ryan’s Case for Smiles
Philadelphia, PA: June 24
We are excited to support Ryan's Case for Smiles for our Philadelphia race on June 24! Ryan’s Case for Smiles’ mission is to enable children with cancer and other life-altering illnesses and injuries to cope with their illness today. They focus on building resiliency to thrive in the future, and much of their work includes the entire family in the healing process. In short,Ryan's Case for Smiles' aims to make children feel better to heal better! Learn more about the Ryan's Case for Smiles by visiting caseforsmiles.org.
You can donate here through: https://registermyrace.com/register/charity/the-great-inflatable-race-philadelphia/302?charities=101
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio
Columbus, OH: July 1
To kick off July, we are partnering with Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio for our Columbus race. We are excited to support their mission! For more than three decades, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio (RMHC) has been keeping families close at the Columbus Ronald McDonald House. From its beginnings as a grassroots movement established by a partnership between volunteers and local McDonald’s Owner/Operators, the charity has served thousands of families in their deepest times of need.
Visit http://rmhc-centralohio.org/get-involved/team-rmhc/ to learn more about this organization and to join Team RMHC! You can sign up for the race and donate through https://registermyrace.com/register/charity/the-great-inflatable-race-columbus/311?charities=956/9
Here at The Great Inflatable Race, we treasure the incredible charities that we work with! Stay tuned for more charity spotlights each month. We would love to hear your suggestions of non-profits for us to partner with at any of our race locations, please comment below or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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