June usually means two things – start of summer travels and beginning of the hurricane season. To help you be prepared for both, I prepared a list of healthy, locally-made snacks to stock up on. They're great to take on the road or to the airport, or to enjoy when you're at home without electricity.
Stay Strong With Protein
Flying can put a lot of stress on the body and affect your digestive system. For times like these, animal protein can be too hard for the body to handle, so I recommend getting FroPro – a delicious protein bar made fresh in Boca. One small 136-calorie nugget boasts 10 grams of protein, 7 grams of carbs and 3 grams of fat. My favorite is the Chocolate Peanut Butter, which is made with plant-based protein powder, peanut butter, rolled oats, cacao powder, raw honey and cinnamon. Check them out gofropro.com to find a retailer near you.
The Cookie To Live For
We all know that too much sugar isn't good for us, yet many of us still give in to our dessert cravings. I'm a big believer in moderation and smart indulgences, so when I'm in the mood for something rich, sweet and crunchy, I go for Ginny Bakes cookies. This Miami-based bakery specializes in non-gmo, organic and gluten-free treats that are to live for! GMO foods have been found to have a negative effect on health, and gluten protein can be very hard to digest. (For more information about gluten, check out my previous blog here.). So, why settle for less? These cookies are delicious and Ginny’s 2-cookie snack packs can help you practice portion control. For more information on where to find this delicious treat, check out GinnyBakes.com.
A New Take on Carbs
If you are like me, you may get bored during long road trips and get the urge to snack. Usually that can backfire, since eating and sitting for hours isn't exactly the best idea. To help you satisfy the need to snack but still stay healthy, check out Shawnee’s Greenthumb Popcorn. Created in Miami, this non-gmo popcorn is unlike any other on the market – it's superfood. Shawnee did an outstanding job loading this fiber-rich snack with spirulina (the most nutrient-dense food on the planet), nutritional yeast (rich in protein and vitamin B-12), garlic powder, cayenne powder (helps boost metabolism) and kelp powder (helps regular thyroid function). Find it in the popcorn isle at Whole Foods or for other locations, check out greenthumbpopcorn.com.
Get Your Greens On
Healthy dark leafy greens may be hard to find while traveling or when stocks run low during tropical storms. So when you find yourself in need of a strong nutritional boost, try stocking up on energy bars with greens. One of my favorite companyies is Vero Beach-based Greens Plus. Not only are their chocolate-covered Greens + CHIA bars full of immunity-boosting nutrients, they taste like dessert! You can buy them at any Whole Foods or online at greensplus.com
Foods to keep your hydrated
Whether you are flying and want to stay hydrated on board or simply need a thirst-quenching snack while stuck at home during a hurricane, I suggest reaching for Florida’s oranges and grapefruits. Their high potassium content will help you keep fluid in your body regulated and the vitamins and antioxidants can boost your immune system on crowded flights. Also, these fruits have thick peels that make them easy to transport and eat, since no hand-washing is needed. NOTE: Grapefruits may interfere with some medicines, so check with your doctor before you eat them.
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About Alina Z.
Alina Z., aka “The Green Goddess,” is a certified holistic health coach, detox specialist and raw-food chef (she conducts occasional classes at Whole Foods in Boca). Prior to moving to Florida, Alina hosted her own TV show in Maryland—“Entertaining A to Z”—for people who didn’t have time to cook but wanted to eat healthy. Catch one of her web episodes at eHow.com, visit Alina’s website at alinaz.com, or follow her on Facebook (facebook.com/CoutureFood) or Twitter (@CoutureFood). The Green Goddess blog runs every other Wednesday at bocamag.com.