Let’s Talk About Snacks, Baby

Supermarkets are full of ready-to-eat snacks these days—some are pretty healthy, others not so much. While I’m a big proponent of putting fresh, made-at-home meals into your mouth, in our go-go-go world even I like a little packaged convenience now and then. (And, let’s face it, bananas get boring.) Here’s what typically lands in my shopping cart each week.

Here’s the beef! Every piece of Krave Jerky looks like fresh meat—‘cause that’s what they use to make it, natch.
Here’s the beef! Every piece of Krave Jerky looks like fresh meat—‘cause that’s what they use to make it, natch.

Krave Jerky Clean, healthy, natural is my mantra when it comes to packaged snacks, and Krave Jerky lives up to it! Not only are the ingredients quality (no nitrates!), the inventive flavors make this meat treat a million times better than anything you’d find at a gas station. I like the beef options best—Sweet  Chipotle tops the list for me, but the Black Cherry BBQ Pork is pretty darn tasty, too. In fact, Krave Jerky is so good that I convinced the suits that run the San Jose Sharks to stock their concession stands with it—you’re welcome!

 

Jelly is full of added sugar, so I top a slice of Eureka! Saaa-Wheat Organic Bread with all-natural peanut butter and fresh nectarine pieces instead.
Jelly is full of added sugar, so I top a slice of Eureka! Saaa-Wheat Organic Bread with all-natural peanut butter and fresh fruit instead.

Eureka! Organic Bread I’m not really big on bread—Michael K. Farrell is gluten sensitive, and I don’t usually buy food that he shouldn’t eat (since he eats EVERYTHING and complains about the tummy ache later…). But I love the loaves from Eureka! They use organic ingredients and slip a little something extra in every slice, specifically seeds and whole grains.

Sometimes I mix Garden of Life Raw Meal into organic whole milk, which defeats the whole vegan thing but tastes incredible!
Sometimes I mix Garden of Life Raw Meal into organic whole milk, which defeats the whole vegan thing but tastes incredible!

Garden of Life Raw Meal I’ve been adding this potent powder to my post-workout smoothies lately. It offers 34 grams of protein per serving, and it’s loaded with all kinds of good-for-you nutrients. Plus, it contains pro-biotics (live cultures also found in yogurt) to aid digestion. The Vanilla Spiced Chai flavor is my favorite—it has the power to transform ordinary water into a creamy, delicious snack.

What are your favorite healthy snacks? 

Disclaimer: All of these items can be purchased at Sprouts Market. I was not compensated by any of the brands featured for writing this post. The opinions presented are mine and unbiased.

If Running Were My Bread & Butter, Last Month I Would Have Starved

Running may have to be added to my “enjoyed in moderation” list—right under refined carbs and saturated fats.

I missed several days of running last month, making a huge mess of my beautifully laid out NYC marathon training plan. 45 percent of the blame lies in a seriously tough work schedule the first two weeks of September (those of you who have anything to do with NY Fashion Week can offer a knowing nod here) and the other 65 percent goes to an angry left hip. (Noticing my math skills? I’m sure I’m not the only person who gives 110% when training for a marathon…)

I had some incredibly positive long runs heading into September. My pacing was great, my body felt sound, and mentally I was flying high. Then a nagging little popping sensation showed up in my left hip and put a wrench in the whole thing. I had hoped the crazy work schedule—which prevented me from hitting my (almost) daily runs and forced me to skip a long run altogether, would give my hip a much needed break. But now that I’m attempting to build back up and finish out my long runs before the taper, I’m realizing a slow September didn’t offer much relief. My hip still hurts.

I’ve officially gone OTP (off the plan), and I don’t know if this new run-until-it hurts-then-stop  routine will get me to the start line on Staten Island on 4 November. At this point, I think I have two options:

  1. Forget my time goal and just run the marathon slow—walking if necessary to be kind to my hip. (And set my sights on next season.)
  2. Cancel my marathon plans altogether, so I don’t risk any more damage—physical or mental, because not finishing would be really depressing. (And set my sights on next season.)

What would you do if you were in my sneakers?