Guest Post by Mackenzie Ford of Make it Fresh Fitness | Clean Eating Snacks

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Hello, my name is Mackenzie, a friend of Reshma’s and lover of health & fitness. I am so honored to be able to share a bit of my passion with all of you here at Written. Completing college with a degree in health and fitness has blessed me with the tools and skills I need to not only live a healthy lifestyle but also share it with those around me.

I have found a love for finding creative ways to eat clean and stay active. I don’t believe in diets. I believe in clean eating which means eating fresh fruits, vegetables, whole wheat/grains and lean meats and avoiding any processed foods, fast food, unnatural sugar, etc. It’s a great way to eat healthy in a realistic way, unlike many diets, which restrict important food groups. That being said, I am going to share with you 3 of my favorite ‘clean’ snack ideas! Enjoy!

1 | Toasted Whole Wheat English Muffin with Fresh Vegetables

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When I am in the mood for something with a little substance, this is my go-to. It is quick, easy and sure to satisfy! You can also use toast or a bagel and I typically top mine with smashed avocado, sliced tomato and some fresh ground black pepper. Avocados are delicious and provide your body with a lot of potassium and fiber.

2 | Greek Yogurt Parfait.

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Layer a cup with Greek yogurt, fresh berries, granola and organic non-sweetened coconut flakes. Aim to use plain nonfat Greek yogurt. Flavored Greek yogurt is very high in sugar. If you feel the plain is too tart, try adding a hint of natural honey. Just 1-cup of Greek yogurt contains 23 grams of protein, which will help keep you feeling fuller for longer.

3 | Brown Rice Cake with Natural Almond Butter, Fresh Strawberries and Cinnamon

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The crunch of a rice cake paired with a bit of salt from the almond butter and sweetness of the strawberries makes for a perfect combination. Almond butter is an excellent source of protein and very yummy!

Pairing a clean diet with daily exercise is the key to a healthy lifestyle. Today, we live in a world of dieting and quick fixes that leave people only temporarily satisfied. Unfortunately, most of these are either unrealistic and/or unhealthy to maintain. It is important to enjoy life and do what we can to take care of our bodies by fueling them with natural foods that don’t have a book of unrecognizable ingredients on their labels. Your body will thank you for filling it with fresh and natural foods.

It’s a simple concept | Eat good, Feel good!

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