16 Healthy Snacks to Always Have on Hand

If you have followed this blog for any amount of time, you know that I love preparing things ahead of time. Another thing you may have learned is that I’m almost always snacking. I’m really active, and try to keep eating throughout the day. I believe this keeps me from overeating at meals or bingeing on unhealthy snacks when I’m starving.

I always have a variety of go-to snacks on hand both at home and throughout the day. I don’t count calories or try to spend too much time thinking about food, so I go for what I am hungry for at any given time. If I just completed a big workout, I’ll combine a few things for extra calories and protein.

Some of these ideas take a little prep—like boiled eggs and the Kodiak protein muffins. But a lot of them can be purchased and are ready to go! Some weeks I even clean and portion out things like berries and veggies, but some weeks I just grab them as I need them. Being okay with being flexible and not perfect in your diet is important!

Keep reading for the healthy snacks I almost always have stocked at home:

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Ultimate Upbeat Workout Playlist

As someone who spends a lot of time running, I also spend a lot of time listening to music while running. A lot of people swear by podcasts or running without music, but I find that it really helps keeps my mood happy and distracts me from thinking about the run.

I have a couple of playlists that I cycle through- some shorter and upbeat for races, some with more variety for long runs. I’m continually adding and removing songs, but I thought I would share some of my favorites for an ultimate upbeat playlist to help you crush your next workout.

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Free Printable Resolution Tracker

It’s the time of year where everyone sets their new years resolutions. I know it can be an eye rolling time where everyone seems to be already bragging about the things that they’re going to do, but it really is an inspiring time to start something new. The key to successful resolutions is to set actionable goals. It’s not all about the end result, but how you plan to get there.

I compare goal setting to training for running marathons. To be able to run 26.2 miles, you have to start somewhere, and that is usually by running single digit distances! You can never achieve the marathon distance without lots of steps along the way. Most goals are really similar– you don’t get in shape by going to the gym once. You get in shape by starting to go once a week, and then twice, and then it becomes your daily habit.

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Healthy Life Changes to Make Now

Not every life change has to be a sweeping new year’s resolution. In fact, the biggest changes you can make to your life are the little things that you do each and every day that add up. If you simply woke up 20 minutes earlier each morning to do yoga, that adds up to over 2 hours of exercise a week! Or if you swap out your daily $5 coffee for coffee made at home, you could save over $1,000 in a year (this stat fully applies to me…).

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Free Printable Weekly Healthy Habit Planner

Last month, Rachel Hollis (of Girl, Wash Your Face fame) came to speak to us at my work. To be honest, I’m not a huge fan of her. I like the fundamentals of her messages, but I don’t always agree that people just need to “try harder” to find success. The one part of her talk that did stick with me was that its never a bad time to start new goals. I naturally tend to be a very goal oriented person, so I feel like this is something I have always done, but I like the reminder that you don’t have to wait for a new year to work towards a better you.

The best way to achieve your goals is to have a plan that breaks down the goal into manageable steps. When I am training for a marathon, I have a coach build a calendar with 16 weeks worth of daily workouts. Going from casually running to racing 26.2 miles is only achievable when you work towards it each day.

When I’m not training for a race, it’s hard not to find myself a little lost with what I should be doing. I try to do a couple of days of strength training, a couple of days of running, some yoga, and rest each week. In order to plan out my week, and give myself little goals, I started using a weekly calendar.

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Twin Cities Marathon 2019 Race Recap

Last weekend, I ran my 3rd Twin Cities marathon. As I shared earlier, my training went pretty well up until September. I think I hit almost every run on my plan, and my first 20 miler felt really good. Then in September, my IT band started flaring up and I came down with a cold. I got my second 20 miler in, but it was ROUGH. I also started missing more workouts than I completed, just trying to get my body to recover.

I spent the day before the marathon in bed with body aches and a fever. If you’ve been following along, this is the exact same thing that happened last year. Knowing how miserable last year’s race was, I was dreading having to go through that again. I woke up on race morning and didn’t feel as bad as the day before but was really nauseous. Last year I made the mistake of not eating before the race, so I ate a starch bar and a spoonful of peanut butter. I kept sipping mint tea to try to help, but it didn’t seem to help. I just tried to get ready and calm myself before the race.

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