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Vegan Chickpea Salad Sandwiches

05/24/2016

Seeking a satisfying swap for meat in your next sandwich? Try chickpeas!

We’re fans of laying “smashed” chickpeas with crisp and flavorful vegetables for the ultimate lunch. Plus, chickpeas are protein-packed and budget friendly. Build this sandwich up or down to your liking — ready, set, assemble!

 

Serves: 3

Calories Per Serving: 121

Nutrition Facts Per Serving: 11.6g carbs, 6.8g fat, 3.4g protein

 

Vegan Chickpea Salad Sandwiches 

chickpea salad sandwich

 

Ingredients

1 — 15 oz. can chickpeas, rinsed & drained

2 — (10-12 inch) stalks of celery, finely chopped

1/4 cup carrots, finely chopped

1/4 cup purple onion, finely chopped

2 Tbs vegan mayo

2 Tbs Dijon Mustard

1 clove garlic minced

Salt & pepper to taste

Whole grain bread

 

Sandwich topping options:

Kale

Butter lettuce

Spinach

Sprouts

Avocado

Tomato

Purple onion

Radishes                             

 

Directions

1.     With a fork, mash chickpeas in a medium bowl.

2.     Add the rest of the ingredients and mix. Add salt and pepper to taste.

3.     Scoop about 1/3 of the mixture onto a slice of whole grain bread, top with which ever toppings you prefer, cover with another slice of bread and enjoy 

 

 

 

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Grounded by faith, family and flavorful food, Brittany is a self-proclaimed flavor genius passionate about inspiring others to live purposefully, mindfully and wholeheartedly.

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Success Spotlight: Joey from Medina, NY

05/21/2016

Say hello to Joey, one of the members at the Medina, NY Snap Fitness location! He’s been with us for over a year now. Read about his transformation below!
 

"I spent most of my life being the big kid in the room and I would just tell myself it would always be that way so why bother trying to change it. At my heaviest, I weighed about 280 pounds and hated it. 


So at the beginning of 2015, I decided to join Snap Fitness in my hometown with some of my friends. I did not plan on making it a huge part of my life, but just as something I could go and do with my friends. As the year went on, I made more and more changes to my lifestyle as a whole. I was committed to going to the gym at least five times a week and began to pay closer attention to my diet. None of these things were big changes, just subtle things here and there like remembering to do cardio or even just staying hydrated. 


It’s now April 2016. I weigh 196 pounds and am even signed up to do two tough mudders in the coming year.


When I started this journey, I didn’t think I would ever get to this point but I did and I couldn’t be happier with myself. If I could give whoever is reading this one piece of advice, it would be to find yourself a group of friends who help you along the way. Thanks to all my friends who have been with me from the start and continue to push me to make myself better!"

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Lemon-Roasted Chicken Thighs & Potatoes

05/17/2016

Zest up your chicken dinner for the summer! All signs point to lemon as the seasonal flavor. This recipe packs serious protein and tastes great. Paired with golden potatoes, we’ve got your next dinner covered. Enjoy!

 

INGREDIENTS

4 chicken thighs (can be boneless or bone-in, skin-on)
1 ½ pounds golden potatoes, cut into 1-inch cubes
1 leek, finely chopped
¼ cup olive oil
2 lemons (1 zested and juiced) and 1 thinly sliced
2 tablespoons Italian seasoning
1 garlic clove, minced
Salt and pepper to taste



INSTRUCTIONS

1. Preheat oven to 400° F. In a small bowl, combine oil, lemon zest and juice, garlic and salt and pepper.


2. On a rimmed baking sheet, toss the potatoes, leeks and chicken with oil mixture. Sprinkle with Italian seasoning and salt and pepper, then top each chicken thigh with a slice of lemon.


3. Roast, turning potatoes once, until potatoes are golden-brown and tender and chicken is cooked through, about 40-50 minutes.

 

 

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Lauren Gaskills is an inspirational writer, speaker and food blogger whose passion is to inspire others to lead healthy, happy redeemed lives. Visit her at MakingLiftSweet.com

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This For That: 9 Healthy Food Swaps

05/17/2016

It’s time to make the swap! Instead of cutting foods out, try replacing them with healthier alternatives for your diet. Boost the nutritional value of your favorite recipes without sacrificing flavor by swapping some of your usual ingredients for these superfoods.

 

Instead of Sour Cream, Try Greek Yogurt

For dips, dressings, or desserts, you can substitute plain Greek yogurt in the place of sour cream. It’s a great way to lighten a dish. If you miss the tang from your sour cream, you can add 1 tsp. apple cider vinegar and mix thoroughly before adding.

 

Instead of White Rice, Try Quinoa

Avoid the carb overload and exchanging white rice with quinoa. Quinoa is high in fiber and protein and will stabilize blood sugar to keep you fuller longer.

 

Instead of Mayo, Try Avocado

Did you know nearly 100 percent of this spread's total calories come from fat? Try substituting mashed or thinly-sliced avocado for this classic spread. It's just as creamy, but the fat in avocados is healthy fat.

 

Instead of Pizza Dough Crust, Try Cauliflower Crust

Regular pizza dough crust is packed with carbs. Try this tasty grain-free Cauliflower Crust Pizza for a healthy alternative.

 

Instead of Breadcrumbs, Try Oatmeal

Regular breadcrumbs are loaded with salt and don’t have very many nutritional benefits. Replacing breadcrumbs for oatmeal will give your dish a dose of cholesterol-lowering fiber. We recommend whole rolled oats in the food processor.

 

Instead of Cow’s Milk, Try Almond Milk

Looking for a dairy-free milk substitute? Almond milk is a great option! One cup of almond milk contains only 60 calories, as opposed to 146 calories in whole milk. It makes for a great substitute that will help you lose or maintain your current weight.

 

Instead of Tortilla Wraps, Try Lettuce Leaves

If you are making a wrap try using lettuce instead of a tortilla, it cuts down the calories and carbs. Try this Crunchy Chicken Lettuce Wrap if you need more convincing.  

 

Instead of Coffee Creamer, Try Coconut Oil

Add an extra kick of natural energy on top of your caffeinated energy by replacing your coffee creamer with coconut oil. You’ll want to blend the coconut oil in instead of simply stirring; this will prevent the oil from rising to the top.

 

Instead of Spaghetti Noodles, Try Spaghetti Squash

If you’re trying to watch your carb intake or have a gluten allergy, replacing regular spaghetti noodles with spaghetti squash is a great solution.

 

 

What other food swaps do you use to make your meals healthier? Tell us on our Facebook or Twitter!

 

 

 

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4 Ways to Start Your Day Right

05/11/2016

There are two types of people in the world: early birds and night owls. What’s the first thing you do in the morning? Are you up and at ‘em before your alarm or do you find yourself hitting snooze two or three times? If you fall into the latter of those two scenarios, it’s time to rethink how you start your day. A simple change to your morning routine can result in big gains in productivity and energy throughout the day. Who doesn’t want that?

 

Here are four easy ways to start your day right. Adding these actions to your morning routine will get your mindset geared up to win the day!

 

Visualize your success. Professional athletes do this all the time. Close your eyes and think about doing things to the best of your ability. Imagine how that looks and feels. There’s no better feeling than that of accomplishment. For example, let’s say you’re giving a presentation at work this week. Think about speaking with confidence, looking your boss in the eye as you speak, and how fantastic you’ll feel once you get praised for a job well done!


Prioritize your day. To-do lists are your friend, we promise! We often times feel stressed when we let projects or errands pile up. Where do you start? What’s the most important? Write all this out and break each item down by priority. Best of all, you get the pleasure of crossing off items as you knock them out.



Hold on emails.
The worst thing you can do first thing in the morning is grab your smart phone and pull up your work email. Don’t do it! This is a habit you need to break. Your emails can wait until you get into the office. Give yourself an hour (or however long it takes) to shower, get dressed, and eat breakfast. Once you get to work, then you can respond to emails with more focus and energy.



Work out.
This is a no brainer! The endorphins you get from working out can do wonders for you in the morning. Sure, the first few days of rolling out of the bed and lacing up your running shoes can be tough — but the post-workout happiness is completely worth it. Lucky for you, our clubs are open 24/7 so even the ultimate early risers can get their fitness in.

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Mediterranean Lettuce Wraps

05/09/2016

Loaded with nutritious and delicious ingredients, these Mediterranean Lettuce Wraps should definitely be added to your healthy-recipe rapporteur this summer. Packed with nutrient-rich and flavorful ingredients, this is one recipe that is easy to prepare and can be made to last the entire week. Dig in, Snap Nation!

 

Mediterranean Lettuce Wraps

Serves: 10

Calories Per Serving: 105

Nutrient Facts Per Serving: 10g carbs, 7g fat, 3.7g protein

 

Ingredients:

1 cup Farro

3 cups water

1 Zucchini chopped

1/2 cup halved tomatoes

1/2 cup chopped red onion

1/2 cup pitted and chopped Kalmata olives

1 cup cubed feta

1/4 cup chopped parsley 

1 1/2 Tbs dried oregano

2 Tbs olive oil

Juice from 1/2 lemon

1 head of butter lettuce


Instructions:

  1. Rinse and drain 1-cup farro. Place in a pot and add enough water to cover, about 3 cups; bring to a rolling boil, reduce heat to medium-low and let simmer for 30 minutes. 

  2. Drain off any excess water. Let cool. Combine farrow with chopped zucchini, tomatoes, red onion, olives, feta, and parsley; add oregano, olive oil and the juice of 1/2 a lemon. 

  3. Mix until well combined.

  4. Place about 1/4 mixture into lettuce wrap. 

  5. Enjoy with Tzatziki sauce and crispy pita chips. 

 

GUEST BLOGGER | Meet Brittany

Grounded by faith, family and flavorful food, Brittany is a self-proclaimed flavor genius passionate about inspiring others to live purposefully, mindfully and wholeheartedly.

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