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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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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7 Running Products You Didn’t Know You Needed

Running is one of the most simple sports. All you need is yourself and a pair of shoes! Despite this, the market is flooded with products aimed to help runners be better, faster, and more comfortable. Where do you even begin?

I try not to rely too much on gimmicky gear for running, because working on your body and mind is where you will actually make improvements. But, there are a few things that I have found along the way that I wouldn’t live without now. Here are my top suggestions that you won’t regret spending the money on:

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Twin Cities One Mile 2019 Race Recap

Every May, there is a one mile race in downtown Minneapolis. I ran it for the first time last year and had so much fun. I never run “just” a mile, especially during a race, so its a fun way to see how your fitness has improved without a huge commitment.

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