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Last Updated on February 2, 2018

If You Think Healthy Snacking Means Sticking to Carrot Sticks, Let These Prove You Wrong

If You Think Healthy Snacking Means Sticking to Carrot Sticks, Let These Prove You Wrong

As the world experiences a paradigm shift, more and more people are becoming more health conscious. However, certain aspects such as work can hamper our desire to eat healthily. For a quick pick me up, we tend to dash to the pantry or nearest pastry shop at midday.

Admittedly, at such a time we often reach for options such as Chips or anything with chocolate. Studies have shown that our bodies tend to crave for sugar when our energy is low. This will slow down your weight loss goals, as well as impact your overall well-being.

There are lots of healthy choices other than the boring carrot sticks available in the market. They taste just as the same as regular snacks, offer you the same level of satisfaction but take care of your health at the same time. Here at Lifehack, we have prepared a comprehensive list of healthy snacks. You can keep the below-mentioned snacks in your drawer at work, for availability and convenience.

1.Sahale Snacks All Natural Nut Blends

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    A healthy option full of variety in terms of flavors and fruit: Almonds with Cranberries, Honey and Sea Salt, Mango Tango Almond Mix, Cashews with Pomegranate and Vanilla and Classic Fruit and Nut Blend just to name a few.The variety in flavor and recipes cater for every single individual and is versatile in terms of usage. These low fat, Gluten- Free snacks can be added to a few other recipes to spice them up.Sahale Snacks are very affordable, considering what you get for what you pay. They come in 2 packs of each flavor.

    2.RXBAR Whole Food Protein Bar


      This is an absolute favorite among health enthusiasts. It is made of healthy and organic ingredients such as egg whites and cashews, to make the perfect pick me up.The ingredients contained in the product, have a direct influence on energy and mood. Hence, can be eaten before or after exercising. Or even at work when you need an energy boost to increase your productivity.
      Completely sugar-free, soy and dairy free, gluten free, this whole food protein bar have often been referred as a powerhouse of nutrition and health.

      3.Navitas Organics Cacao Goji Superfood Power Snack

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        Superfoods have been known to have numerous and major benefits health wise. However, never have we been able to get our hands on most of the superfoods at once. But with Navitas Organics, it is now possible.Navitas Organics have the ability to instantly increase levels of energy and leave you fully satiated as well.If you are a workout junkie or health enthusiast, this is your go-to snack. Get creative and use it in a number of recipes.

        4. Hippies Organic Chickpea Puffs

          Hippies Organic Chickpea puffs come in five different flavors, to cater for a variety of needs and taste.
          This affordable snack is very high in nutritional value, exhibiting a high level of protein necessary for energy production.

          5. Bare Natural Coconut Chips

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            The product contains real coconuts, baked to perfection to create an authentic and great tasting treat.
            Simple, yet packed with high nutritional value. You can store it in your drawer at work, or carry it for a pre- or pro workout routine.

            6. PopCorners 6 Flavor Variety Pack

              The natural ingredients, add a spicy flavor to the corn. Completely free of cholesterol and gluten, the product is a bag full of health.PopCorners are great even at home when you get those unexpected hunger pangs or cravings.

              7. Food Should Taste Good, Tortilla Chips, Guacamole

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                It taste just as how it’s named. SO GOOD. Who doesn’t love guacamole and want to eat as much without feeling guilty. This is the choice for you. It is baked with real ingredients and only touched up with pinches of salt. It’s is completely cholesterol free and not fried, so you can count on them when you crave for the devil-like guacamole!

                Ditch the chips in your hand and start snacking healthy today!

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                Last Updated on September 20, 2018

                How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

                How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

                Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

                If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

                1. Breathe

                The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

                • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
                • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
                • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

                Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

                2. Loosen up

                After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

                Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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                3. Chew slowly

                Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

                Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

                Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

                4. Let go

                Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

                The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

                It’s not. Promise.

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                Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

                Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

                21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

                5. Enjoy the journey

                Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

                Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

                6. Look at the big picture

                The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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                Will this matter to me…

                • Next week?
                • Next month?
                • Next year?
                • In 10 years?

                Hint: No, it won’t.

                I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

                Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

                7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

                You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

                Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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                8. Practice patience every day

                Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

                • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
                • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
                • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

                Final thoughts

                Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

                Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

                Featured photo credit: Brooke Cagle via unsplash.com

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