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Healthy Mardi Gras Packing Guide

“Healthy” and “Mardi Gras” are not often found in the same sentence. However, it CAN be done. The key is packing the appropriate snacks, hydration, and taking these few health tips when preparing to go to parades. Here is my best advice:

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Parades are LONG, people. It’s not just the parade itself, it’s the tailgating and walking you do hours before the parade even starts.

Tip 1: Comfortable walking shoes.

Tip 2: A rolling cooler.  Unless you are going to some awesome parade-watching spot that is roped off and serving food, you are providing your own food.  Once you get to your parade-watching spot, you won’t want to leave to go search for a food cart or food truck. You will need to hang onto your spot and your cooler is how you are going to eat and drink.

Tip 3: Plenty of water. It may weigh your cooler down at first, but hey, all the incentive to drink it faster! Just have a spot mapped out to use the restroom. People often pay a buck or two to use porta-potties, visit a friend’s house, use restaurants or shops when they allow it.

Tip 4: Plenty of healthy snacks. You want food that is going to keep your energy up so you can scream and shout and jump all parade long. Think portable things like, fruits, veggies, greek yogurts with plastic spoons, low sugar protein bars, and nuts. Having healthy snacks until your next solid meal will help you not walk into a restaurant completely ravenous and grabbing at the nearest beignet in sight.

Tip 5: Plan out your meals. If you know you are hitting a great restaurant on the way there or back from the parade, make it your “treat meal” of the week and enjoy yourself. Use the snacks to hold you over when necessary.

Tip 6: Obviously a huge part of the Mardi Gras culture is having a beverage here and there. Daiquiris are a HUGE must-have drink to take to parades. You can get a whole gallon from a drive-thru daquiri spot or food truck and keep it in your cooler or just get an XL cup and it should last you for awhile. These are not healthy whatsoever, so it would be a total treat. If you are looking for something lighter, stick to light beer or even wine on the parade route.  Nothing says a party like wine in a plastic cup. They make cute travel cups for that now.

These tips just breach the surface – stay tuned for more!

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Shannon Gagnon is the healthy recipe developer, food stylist and food photographer behind Crawfish & Crunches. She often shares health tips and southern recipes that she turns slightly healthier. On her blog you can find just what the tagline says, “Realistic recipes, rich southern culture, and health conscious habits.”

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{ Best and Worst Halloween Candy Choices }

Halloween can be a challenging time for someone trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle.  Of course, candy is not a healthy choice, but even the packaging these days can be deceiving! Gluten-free, fat-free, “fun-size” labels can all lead us to believe we aren’t doing too much damage. Luckily, with these few health tips you can learn which candies to steer clear of and which you can nibble on this fall.

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Grab:

Lollipops – those small Dum Dums take much longer to consume and savor.  Just 26 calories.

Toss:

Candy corn – This treat is usually grabbed by the handful, which makes it a very dangerous choice.

Savor:

A York Peppermint Patty – lower in cals and lower in fat.

Be Careful:

Snack-sized or fun-sized candies can be a good choice because they are portion controlled, however, that doesn’t mean you can have three or four.  The trick is just one.

Best:

3 Musketeers take the cake in the snack-sized chocolate candy battle – only weighing in at 24 calories and less than one gram of fat.

Indulge:

In dark chocolate. This is one of the only candies with heart health benefits! Aim for just a square.

Steer clear:

Reese’s Peanut Butter Pumpkin Edition – a whopping 180 cals per serving. Stick to the regular mini versions.

 

Thanks to Men’s Health and Woman’s Day Magazine for the health facts.

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About the Blogger:

Shannon Gagnon is the healthy recipe developer, food stylist and food photographer behind Crawfish & Crunches. She often shares health tips and southern recipes that she turns slightly healthier. On her blog you can find just what the tagline says, “Realistic recipes, rich southern culture, and health conscious habits.”

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{ 5 Reasons Women Should Ditch Cardio and Pick up Heavy Weights }

If you know anything about me in the last couple years, you know that I am a cardio queen. You could find me walking our lakefront trail here in New Orleans, running through my subdivision, and biking with the girls.  No gym necessary! I even blogged about my “everything in moderation” motto as far as exercise and diet.

There were a few things I kept secret.  Sure, I weighed 120 pounds and felt great in a cocktail dress. But I didn’t have an ounce of muscle on me. Carbs were the enemy, I even lacked energy at times.  When I recognized it would be just a few short years until this body of mine would be preparing and changing to have children, I decided I wanted to kick things up a notch in the fitness and nutrition department.  I consulted with my sister-in-law, a certified health coach and overall role-model.  I had to completely put all my trust in her, going against everything I thought I knew.  Well enough about me, here is why I’m all about those weights, those weights…no treadmill.

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1) You can throw your scale in the garbage.  When you get your body fat professionally measured by a trainer or doctor, you are aiming for a decrease in those numbers, not necessarily on the scale.  I have went up at least 6 pounds, but my brain is completely detached from that number because due to my measurements I know that it is lean muscle mass. How refreshing.

2) Gain confidence.  There is just something about being in that section of gym where all the free weights are and often being the only female in there. When there is another girl in there, you give each other the head nod knowing you get each other.  Sure, you might start out a little shaky or intimidated, but after you get your routine down, you can own it!

3) You can Eat all day. Before I made the switch, I was eating very little, only three small meals a day and often experiencing headaches. When you are lifting heavy weights, and eating veggies and lean meats at each meal, you can eat up to six times a day! Goodbye headaches.  For some, according to your health coach you may be increasing your daily calories, and for others you may need to cut, but the frequency is still 5-6 small meals a day. Read more .. 

4) You can get abs and a booty. Contrary to my prior beliefs, weight lifting does not make you bulky. In previous years lifting for sports, I gained muscle so quickly and felt bulky. It wasn’t the weights that did it. It was poor diet! A “clean” diet, combined with the exercise does the trick.

You may have heard the term “run your ass off,” which should be taken very literally. Endurance exercise, like long-distance running will make you lose weight, but also muscle. You literally lose your ass.  Weight lifting helps create your curves.  Although mere aesthetics should not always be your goal, tighter abs (without hours of crunches) and a booty are made with compound movements like squats.

And of course you don’t need to literally ditch cardio completely. Paired with weightlifting, cardio may just change to the form of interval training, such as sprints or cycling or as prescribed by your health coach for your unique goals.

5) You can burn calories all day. As Bodybuilding.com says, “After a heavy bought of strength training, you continue to consume additional oxygen in the hours and even days that follow. This is known as excess post-exercise oxygen consumption, or EPOC.” The more your body uses oxygen, the more calories it expends. That’s why those six meals can’t come soon enough – your metabolism is rocking!

 

 

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Shannon Gagnon is the healthy recipe developer, food stylist and food photographer behind Crawfish & Crunches. She often shares her health tips and healthy recipes that help her stay sane in the south. On her blog you can find just what the tagline says, “Realistic recipes, rich southern culture, and health conscious habits.”

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In the south, tailgating may mean waking up to the smell of buttery biscuits and drinking fizzy mimosas. Come lunchtime you may munch on hot dogs, cheesy dips and sip cold beer. You may find yourself finishing the night off at a local burger joint to catch the scores on the other games. A day of tailgating should be fun and full of yummy food, but for those trying to live a healthier lifestyle, it does not have to demolish all of your goals.

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Here are 3 tips to make it through this marathon of a day while making a few healthy choices:

Tip #1 Game Day Morning or Night Before

Fuel up with a healthy breakfast full of protein before the big day so you will stay full and energized longer. If you find yourself staring at a breakfast buffet at the tailgate, just steer clear of all the sugary pastries. Fresh fruit and whole wheat breads are a safer start.

Pack your own cooler. If you know that chips and queso, po’boys and brownies are on the tailgating menu, don’t be afraid to bring a turkey burger, some watermelon or whatever nutritious item you like. Bring your own healthy covered dish, veggie tray, or fruit salad. That way you can share your healthy options with friends and you can bank on the fact that you have yourself covered.

Tip #2 During the Big Game

Many people aim to just “grab something at the game,” and they later find themselves deep in the cheesy nachos and fries come halftime. Try to eat before entering the game and if your stadium allows it, bring a baggie of almonds or piece of fruit inside.

If you are ravenous, drink tons of water first. Then consider buying a burger with lettuce, tomato, mustard, and hold the bun!

Tip #3 Post-Game

After the game, it’s a mad rush of the crowds trying to get back to the tailgate or sports bar. That grill will be fired up again and the celebratory drinks will be shared. Back at the tailgate, grab a water bottle out of the cooler before a beer. After such a long day of standing and cheering, you may realize that your hunger was actually thirst. Once you measure your true hunger after hydrating, bust into that veggie tray you brought, rather than popping open the Doritos. Ask the master griller to throw on your turkey burger. If you are craving dessert, Dr. Mehmet Oz has always said to have oatmeal raisin cookies over chocolate chip cookies.

If you plan to hit up a local bar and grille to grab some grub, hydrate before your first drink or ordering your meal. Next, try having your alcoholic beverage before you order a meal, you may be surprised that the carbs in the alcohol curb your hunger for some time. If you are ready to dive head first into dinner, stay far, far away from the fried appetizers. Order your wings “naked,” not fried. Ask the server for some grilled chicken or fish.

As for drinks, you also may be surprised how satisfying a cocktail of vodka, water, lemon and lime can be after standing in the southern sun all day. Don’t forget to drink one glass of water between each cocktail!

Overall, do not forget to enjoy yourself. If you know all your favorite foods will be served up on game-day, eat smart that week knowing you may want to splurge. Remember it’s not a splurge DAY, it’s a splurge MEAL. Happy tailgating!

Stay tuned for a follow-up post on healthy recipes you can bring to your next tailgate.

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Shannon Gagnon is the recipe developer, food stylist and food photographer behind Crawfish & Crunches. She is known for turning delicious southern staples into slightly healthier versions that can be enjoyed all week long. On her blog you can find just what the tagline says, “Realistic recipes, rich southern culture, and health conscious habits.”

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Whether you are sensitive to gluten, watching your weight, or just trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle, most of us could benefit from cutting back on the bread in our lives.  You may think it’s impossible to pack a lunch without your turkey sandwich. Think again. You just need to get a little more creative and try some of these great recipes and tips.

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First, try lettuce wraps, and salads that are NOT boring or bland.

This { Skinny Kickin’ Tuna Melt } will have you looking forward to lunch each day.

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On a weekend, grill all of your meats and veggies for the week such as these { low carb jambalaya skewers }

Can’t heat up your lunch at work? Try this { Skinny Kickin’ Chicken Salad }SkinnyKickinChickenSaladcrawfishcrunches2

Second, if you love peanut butter and jelly but could withstand out all the sugar and carbs, try rice cakes for a quick snack.  They pack a little crunch and you can top them with high protein peanut butter and sugar free jam.

Hitting the road? Sandwiches do not always have to be the solution. Here are { 5 Low Carb Snacks to Pack for Vacation }

If you aren’t totally willing to give up bread but could benefit from an organic bread sprouted from whole grains with no sugar added try Ezekiel breads.

What am I forgetting? What are your favorites and why?

 

 

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About the Blogger:

Shannon Gagnon is the recipe developer, food stylist and food photographer behind Crawfish & Crunches. She is known for turning delicious southern staples into slightly healthier versions that can be enjoyed all week long.  On her blog you can find just what the tagline says, “Realistic recipes, rich southern culture, and health conscious habits.” 

For inquiries about positioning your brand in front of Shannon’s followers click here

For the long version about how the site was born, read more.

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{ Tips for Eating Healthy When Dining Out }

You may be watching your waistline, cooking your meals at home, and even counting calories all week. Suddenly, your friends at work want grab some Mexican food on a Wednesday evening. Just when you were getting on track! Instead of being anti-social or a debbie downer, just plan accordingly. When your significant other, co-workers, family, or friends want to go out for dinner, you do not have to think it will de-rail your diet plans. Here are a few tips to eating healthy at restaurants:

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Mexican Restaurants: Do not go to any restaurant starving or ravenous. Make sure to have a handful of nuts before you go or a hard-boiled egg. That way you won’t dive head first into the chips and salsa. Ask for a “skinny margarita,” that contains way less sugar and still has some great flavor. Craving fajitas? Go ahead and indulge in the steak fajitas. Pour on all the salsa you want. So flavorful, you won’t even need the tortilla.

American, BurgerJoints with mostly Fried Food, Barbecue: Frying seems to be a bit popular in the south. Ask for your favorite dish grilled. You may be surprised what server’s will ask the chef’s to make to please their customers. Try the burger with half the bun, or wrapped in lettuce.

At a barbecue joint, try smoked chicken or meats that do not have barbecue sauce dripping off of it. Most places will offer a veggie side.

Chinese, Japanese, or Asian Cuisine: Steamed veggies are a must. They may offer brown rice. Try the chicken (not fried) and steamed broccoli. There are some sushi rolls that are not made with rice, but wrapped in cucumber instead.

At a hibachi grill, indulge in the soup and salad appetizer, order your protein, and just don’t go too crazy on the rice and veggies, considering they are cooked in a lot of butter, oil, and sodium.

Italian: Most restaurants will serve you whole wheat pasta upon request. As with most restaurants, box half of your dinner and if you don’t have the willpower to do so, ask the server or chef to do it before serving. Order lean meats and veggies when possible, such as salmon or chicken and broccoli. Go light on the sauce considering tomato sauces can be high in sugar. Ask for broth based soups like minestrone, rather than cream based. A slice of thin crust pizza and a cup of soup would make for a great meal!

If dessert is a must – make sure to split it or box half!

What am I forgetting? What are your tricks?

 

 

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About the Blogger:

Shannon Gagnon is the recipe developer, food stylist and food photographer behind Crawfish & Crunches. She is known for turning delicious southern staples into slightly healthier versions that can be enjoyed all week long. On her blog you can find just what the tagline says, “Realistic recipes, rich southern culture, and health conscious habits.”

For inquiries about positioning your brand in front of Shannon’s followers click here.

For the long version about how the site was born, read more.

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Healthy Grocery List Essentials: A Few of My Favorite Products

When it comes to grocery shopping, there are thousands of lists out there online. Everyone is following a different diet, whether it’s meatless, carb-less, or dairy free. Now that I’m on a new nutrition plan, thanks to my fabulous health coach sister-in-law, I have found that carbs are not the devil. I am thrilled to incorporate “clean carbs” into my diet like sweet potatoes, oatmeal, and brown rice. My hair feels healthier, I have less headaches, and a newfound energy. Enough about me, I am here to share a few of my grocery list staples that I personally feel are a part of a very balanced diet, not to mention most products are health coach approved.

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Unsweetened vanilla almond milk, unsweetened cashew milk, or unsweetened almond-coconut milk. Throw it in all your protein shakes or smoothies, mix it with cereal or oatmeal, you name it.

The obvious lean meats and seafoods including, chicken, fish, ground turkey, shrimp. Loving chicken tenderloins lately. So much easier to cook and make for a great snack.

Hardboiled eggs.

Protein bars. I die for Quest Bars. Smore’s, Chocolate Chip, Brownie, White Chocolate Raspberry, Cookies and Cream. I don’t care if I have to take out a loan to finance my addiction.

Low-salt dry roasted mixed nuts. So portable. So convenient.

Brown rice. Any old brand. I make mine in chicken broth for added flavor, season with low-sodium soy sauce, a little cajun seasoning, sometimes hot sauce.

Sweet Potatoes. I bake mine whole, the old fashioned way in the oven at 375 for about an hour depending on the size. I season with cinnamon and they make the perfect partner with a spicy ground turkey skillet, or anything buffalo chicken.

Oatmeal. “Weight Control” Quaker Instant Oats. My favorite flavors are Banana Bread and Maple Brown Sugar.

For veggies, I am constantly roasting them or grilling them in olive oil. In a pinch, I buy the steamer bags that you pop in the microwave.

Those who know me and my voracious sweet tooth might imagine I eat brownies all day everyday. However those are only for weekend treats! For dessert, this is where I get a little creative. Right now I am mixing Arctic Zero Thin Mint Ice Cream, with a scoop of chocolate protein powder and a splash of almond milk. I pop it in the freezer for about ten minutes and top with a calorie free Walden Farms chocolate syrup. Hello pretend sundae!

If you aren’t that intense, try an occasional treat – individually wrapped Weight Watchers Ice Cream Bars. They aren’t the best for you, but I find that individual servings help prevent from eating a whole pint. Also, try sugar free chocolate pudding cups.

As for dairy – I’m not eating a ton of dairy right now, but if I had to choose I pack Fat-free cottage cheese in my husbands lunch, and if I buy yogurt it is Fat free plain Chobani. I mix in my own fruit, sweetener of choice, and a pop of Kashi Go Lean Crisp Berry Crumble as my “granola.”

What am I forgetting? What are your favorites and why?

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About the Blogger:

Shannon Gagnon is the recipe developer, food stylist and food photographer behind Crawfish & Crunches. She is known for turning delicious southern staples into slightly healthier versions that can be enjoyed all week long. On her blog you can find just what the tagline says, “Realistic recipes, rich southern culture, and health conscious habits.”

For inquiries about positioning your brand in front of Shannon’s followers click here.

For the long version about how the site was born, read more.

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WORKOUT TIPS

Sometimes when you travel, your body and your brain need a total break. You may be headed to a tropical island and plan to completely disconnect from the world. That is so necessary from time to time. However, other times you may be taking a weekend trip or a business trip and it seems to interrupt your daily workout routine. Well, with a little improvisation, an open mind, and creativity, you can stay healthy and on track on your next trip.

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First, get out your calendar. Find the days that you will be totally out of commission, say, traveling all day or stuck in meetings. Make those days your “rest days.” For instance, if you aim to workout 5 days a week, you could make your Tuesday and Wednesday business trip days your off days and work out the rest of the week. Now, if that is completely impossible, here are some ways to find time and space on the road or at your destination.

Do your research. What time does the hotel gym open? If there is no gym where you are staying, sign up at a nearby gym for a “free trial.” Many gyms offer one free group fitness class.

Can you swim laps in the indoor or outdoor pool? Where is the nearest local park to run at?

Team up. You can even work some activity into your itinerary by gathering the family to hit some hiking trails or scheduling a client meeting as a “walking” business meeting. When you get others in on it, you won’t be fighting as big of a battle to fit it in your schedule.

Some cities even have groups of travelers, locals, and out-of-towners that meet for a workout. Attend a class taught by a professional fitness instructor, then go out together an get deals at the top restaurants, bars, and entertainment. Try The Sweat Social in New Orleans, or research these groups at your next destination.

Prepare by packing. Maybe you are staying in a cabin, a beach house, or a boutique hotel with no gym. Bring a few props, such as resistance bands or ankle weights. Research “Resistance band workouts” on YouTube on your laptop and voila, your gym is now in your room. No WiFi? Bring your own workout DVD and if you don’t own any, borrow a friend’s. Remember, no excuses!

Get creative. Do a body-weight workout in your hotel room. Think, push-ups, sit-ups, leg raises, jumping jacks, burpees, high knees, you name it. Print out a Pinterest workout plan or view it on your phone. They are everywhere for free!

Stuck in the airport? Walk the terminals with your headphones on. Hey, something is better than nothing.

Run the stairs at your hotel or condo. That will have you sweating in no time.

These workouts may not be a part of your typical plan, but you may be surprised what changing up your routine for a day or two can do for your body and your mind.

Of course, there are more options out there. What are your favorite tricks to getting your workout done while traveling or on vacation?

 

About the Blogger:

Shannon Gagnon is the recipe developer, food stylist and food photographer behind Crawfish & Crunches. She is known for turning delicious southern staples into slightly healthier versions that can be enjoyed all week long. On her blog you can find just what the tagline says, “Realistic recipes, rich southern culture, and health conscious habits.”

For inquiries about positioning your brand in front of Shannon’s followers click here.

For the long version about how the site was born, read more.

For information on Shannon’s social media management business, click here.

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{ Tips and Tricks for Packing Healthy Snacks When Flying }

Hitting up the airport for some snacks or even a meal is a no brainer for some. Plenty of options to grab and go and even more yummy options for sit down dining.  However, for others watching their figure or even their wallet, the airport can be tricky when it comes to eating healthy.  Airport security can scare off some people from packing their usual fare, long flights can leave you ravenous, and not to mention even salads at the airport are much more expensive than you would find in your local grocery store. Here are some ways to ensure you are eating enough and often enough during your travel days.

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First, don’t be afraid of airport security. Just know the rules!

Here are some easy snacks to pack in your carry-on that don’t require heating up or staying cold:

  • Homemade trail mix, in little portioned out Ziplock baggies
  • Fruit that does not bruise easily, such as apples
  • Natural peanut butter in small containers less than 3.4oz (in carry on bag)
  • Protein bars or snack bars of choice
  • Rice cakes
  • Beef jerky or turkey jerky
  • Low sugar whole grain granola or healthy cereal of choice

Now, if you are feeling like you may need more substance to get you through the day, pack a cold pack in your carry on for the following items:

  • Yogurt less than 3.4 oz
  • Already peeled hard boiled eggs (to be peeled and eaten at your gate, far from other people!)
  • Salad in plastic containers with a dressing less than 3.4 oz.
  • Cold chicken breasts – Hey, some bodybuilders or extreme fitness junkies know that desperate times call for desperate measures.
  • Vegetable crudités such as carrots, celery, bell peppers

Don’t forget your plastic forks, knives, and napkins! I know there are more options out there. What are your tips and tricks for packing healthy airport food?

 

About the Blogger:

Shannon Gagnon is the recipe developer, food stylist and food photographer behind Crawfish & Crunches. She is known for turning delicious southern staples into slightly healthier versions that can be enjoyed all week long.  On her blog you can find just what the tagline says, “Realistic recipes, rich southern culture, and health conscious habits.” 

For inquiries about positioning your brand in front of Shannon’s followers click here

For the long version about how the site was born, read more.

For information on Shannon’s social media management business, click here.

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Crossfit, hot yoga, kickboxing,  cycling, triathlons, you name it I tried it. Dripping in sweat, spending hours during my day training, and THINKING I was eating healthy when I really wasn’t.  At 26, I can finally say that I have found a very balanced exercise and diet regimen that works for me and makes me happy doing it.  It is easy to maintain, can be done almost anywhere, and brings my mind peace. Now, I may not be as sculpted as I was during other parts of my life and I could use a little toning in the near future, but I’m happy and that is what matters to me.  Here are a few ways to walk yourself fit:

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1) Enlist entertainment.  Now, before I made walking buddies in my new town, I used to call my mom and blab for an hour. I was able to vent and catch up at the same time. Stress release! Now that I have made walking buddies, the hour flies by so quick, I get to socialize, vent and have a few laughs. Not to mention your accomplices keep you accountable.

However, sometimes I plug in Pandora, and just jam to my Jesus music for an hour. It makes me feel very at peace, motivated to be a better person, and very grateful of my surroundings.

2) Set realistic goals. I typically walk for about an hour, three times a week. My former college soccer teammates might laugh at this minimalistic approach, but since I don’t have a typical 9-5 job I schedule my day to make sure I’m active enough.  If it’s an unavoidable long week on the computer at work, I may try to walk more on the weekend.  If you can’t set aside an hour, try 30 minutes at lunch, or even break them up into 15 minute segments throughout the day.

3) Get your diet right. For years I would exercise like a maniac, but I was not getting enough protein in my diet and ate way too many carbs even though they were whole grain. It may not be a shoe-in for everyone, but I found that a low carb diet works best for my body. You can’t walk yourself fit if you aren’t eating right.  Since the exercise is in moderation, you need to eat in moderation.

4) Change up your scenery. Walking on a treadmill might make you insane, or it may be a convenient option while at work, at the gym, or at home. However, I typically vary my walks from my own neighborhood to the lakefront, to my friends neighborhoods. Traveling to new cities, towns, or the beach gets exciting because I have new territory to cover. Find what makes you the happiest.

5) Find funky ways to challenge yourself. Pushing a friends stroller, (or your own), carrying hand weights, strapping on ankle weights, or stopping for lunges or a few squats, are all ways to change it up and trick your body into getting fit. You can change up your pace, increasing speed at every mailbox, or try a hilly terrain. Walking in sand is no joke.

About the Blogger:

Shannon Gagnon is the recipe developer, food stylist and food photographer behind Crawfish & Crunches. She is known for turning delicious southern staples into slightly healthier versions that can be enjoyed all week long.  On her blog you can find just what the tagline says, “Realistic recipes, rich southern culture, and health conscious habits.” For inquiries about positioning your brand in front of Shannon’s followers click here. For the long version about how the site was born, read more. 

Recent posts:

{ 5 Low Carb Snacks to Pack for Vacation }

{ Skinny Kickin’ Tuna Melts }

{ the ultimate skinny summer balsamic caprese grilled chicken }

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Being “healthy” on vacation may sound like an oxymoron to some, but there are so many ways to plan and pack to ensure you have some of your diet staples by your side during your trip.  There are so many options to stay active and even exercise among the beautiful scenery. Packing snacks is a cinch. Throwing some fruit or granola in a cooler is easy, but if you are on a low carb regimen, things get a bit trickier.  Here are some ways to sneak some protein into your summer vacation.

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1} Hard boiled eggs.  You can make these ahead, even peel these ahead if you please. Topped with salt and pepper or even a little cajun or creole seasoning and voila.

2} Beef jerky. No cooler necessary here!

3} Nuts or trail mix. Go for the low salt, dry roasted versions, or even raw almonds. Pick your favorites and make your own trail mix if you wish.

4} Veggie crudites. If you need some dipping sauce, try some hummus or a light dressing.  Think celery sticks, bell peppers, carrots etc.

5} Strawberry Protein yogurt.  This one may surprise you.  So many yogurts today are filled with added sugar.  Why not sneak a little protein into your yogurt?  Take your large container of plain non-fat greek yogurt and whisk in 3 large scoops of strawberry (or vanilla if you prefer) protein powder, 3 T water, 1/2 T stevia or sweetener of choice. Divvy up into small portable one-serving containers and refrigerate. Keep cold in your cooler.

 

About the Blogger:

Shannon Gagnon is the recipe developer, food stylist and food photographer behind Crawfish & Crunches. She is known for turning delicious southern staples into slightly healthier versions that can be enjoyed all week long.  On her blog you can find just what the tagline says, “Realistic recipes, rich southern culture, and health conscious habits.” For inquiries about positioning your brand in front of Shannon’s followers click here. For the long version about how the site was born, read more. 

More Recipes:

{ Quick & Skinny Southern Banana Pudding }

{ Skinny Kickin’ Tuna Melts }

{ skinny New Orleans muffaletta chicken }

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