RECIPE: Easy healthy Snacks

snack : a portion of food oftentimes smaller than that of a regular meal, that is generally eaten between meals.

Historically, my snacks consisted of a McFlurry and left over pizza, or a bagel with cream cheese and a piece of cake. And while, yes, these represented portions of food smaller than my regularly enormous meals and were eaten between my more massive meals, some might actually consider pizza and a McFlurry a meal in itself not a snack. A fatty, nutrient deficient one, but a meal, nonetheless.

Now that I’m soooo super duper informed and for some reason feel that I have the authority to impose what I think is good on to others, here are a few Healthy EASY snacks to keep the both the hunger beast and the thunder thigh at bay. These snacks are great for kids too!

1. Organic string cheese + apple (or 10 grapes or a pear)


2. handful of almonds (~10 not 30, and raw almonds are healthier than flavored, or course) + apple (or 10 grapes or a pear)


3. apple with almond butter


4. glass of almond milk


5 Carrots and Hummus


6, 7, & 8 are MY FAVORITES: popcorn edamame and sweet potato discs and warrant separate posts to give them the attention they deserve!


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Madeleine Vanstory attended Duke University and began her post-graduate journey at The Elaine Clark Center working with special needs children. She went on to work as a Clinical Research Scientist running clinical trials for the CDC and developing medical devices for Welsh Allen, Abbot Labs, Roche and Johnson & Jonhson Her work included non-invansive cervical cancer detection, continuous diabetic glucose monitoring, non-harmful infant bilirubin level detection and studying Vitamin C's anti-aging effects on the skin. Madeleine attended Medical school at The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University and completed a residency in Family Medicine at Moses Cone Hospital in Greensboro NC. Dr. Madeleine Vanstory is a board certified Family Physician who has practiced all over the world. She has lead medical missions in Kenya and Honduras. She has participated with Operation Smile in Russia, she has patients in North Carolina, Maine, Oregon and New Zealand. Dr. Vanstory has worked the medical tents in the Marine Corps marathon in Washington DC and at the Kona Ironman World Championships. And Dr. Vanstory has marched with the Surgeon General promoting "Exercise is Medicine" at the World Congress Sports Medicine Conference. Disillusioned by the current health care system and armed with the realization that culture, nutrition and emotional well-being have a profound impact on health, Dr. Vanstory now motivates clients and patients to discover the healthiest versions of themselves through humor, counseling in her "Upgrade Your Health" Wellness Program.

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