Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Talk Time Tuesdaywith Jenna Kernan

Today The Pink Heart Society welcomes columnist Jenna Kernan, who has some great tips for starting off the New Year right! Take it away, Jenna--

6 Guilt-Free Snacks for the New Year!

I know, I know! 2017 has burst in with exercise offers on TV as you contemplate why no one wanted that particular last Christmas cookie and solidifying chunk of fudge.
Writers do not have a reputation for healthy eating and are often portrayed surviving on nothing but cigarettes, grain alcohol and a strong sense of ennui.  I personally know more than a few writers who survive for long periods on black coffee and Skittles. But this is New Year even writers are thinking healthy.  So tuck away those pies, cookies and coffee cakes and try these 5 power snacks for a guilt-free boost.

1. Unsweetened Greek Yogurt and Walnuts

Ingredients: Walnuts, plain yogurt, Stevia.  Optional - fresh fruit. 
The walnuts give a nice crunch and the yogurt is creamy and sweet. The protein in the Greek yogurt will keep you satisfied longer and Greek yogurt has less carbohydrates and sugar than regular yogurt.  Add some Stevia to improve sweetness. The walnuts have healthy fats that are good for your skin and brain health.

2. Beat the Sweet with Hazelnuts

Ingredients:  Chocolate/Hazelnut Spread on large whole-wheat/whole grain cracker topped with sliced banana and/or almond slivers. 
Chocolate/hazelnut spreads ARE high in fat and sugar, but preferable to baked goods if teamed with healthy almonds which reduce blood sugar, cholesterol and help lower blood pressure and bananas that have heart and digestive benefits.

3. Wonderfully Salty and Low in Fat

Ingredients: Baked Tortilla Chips and fresh Salsa
You can buy or make the fresh salsa and glean the benefits of Vitamin C.  The baked chips help you fix the salt craving while leaving the fat behind.  Look up a salsa recipe - it's not very hard and only takes 20 minutes (minus the drive to and from the store).

5. Tutu Fruity

Ingredients: Blueberry Smoothie - Low Fat Soy or Almond Milk, Frozen Blueberries, Ripe Banana and dash of vanilla extract.
Blueberries are wonder foods and easy to keep in the freezer.  They have zero cholesterol and provide loads of fiber, foliate, vitamin C and B6 which makes them very heart healthy.  That soy or almond milk will add protein (plus calcium and iron) to keep you feeling full longer. 

6. Egg-cellent source of Protein

Ingredients: Scrambled or fried egg (6 grams of protein) on 1/2 of a whole wheat muffin topped with love salt sliced turkey-breast cold cut.  (My unofficial calorie count = 157)
You know how long it takes to make this?  Less than you'll sit in line at a fast food joint's drive-through for a 300 calorie (plus 13 grams of fat) breakfast sandwich.
Small steps are better than no steps and adding a healthy snack to your day is a nice start. 
I've switched out my afternoon coffee with green tea and made sure to eat up the last Christmas cookie so it will not tempt me.  Now I'm ready to be that lean, mean healthy-eating machine.



Publishers Weekly Bestselling author, Jenna Kernan, writes romantic suspense for Harlequin Intrigue.  Her popular APACHE PROTECTOR series continues in January 2017 with TURQUOISE GUARDIAN #1 followed by EAGLE WARRIOR #2, FIREWOLF  #3 and THE WARRIOR’S WAY #4

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