Jena DeMoss: Feel your best yet with these 3 healthy hacks

Published 5:13 pm Tuesday, April 9, 2024

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Healthy eating can sometimes feel confusing and time-consuming – but it doesn’t have to. As a registered dietitian, I am all for incorporating super simple ways to instantly boost flavor and nutrition in your daily routine. Here are three healthy hacks to help make reaching your health goal even easier!

First, if you struggle with those mid-day lulls or frequent cravings, it’s likely that you are not getting enough protein! Let’s add more protein to your diet with PB2 Powdered Nut Butters. Protein is essential to helping curb hunger, sustaining energy and reducing cravings. PB2 Powdered Nut Butters are a great, plant-based option to boost your protein.

A single serving provides six grams of protein and is lower in fat when compared to traditional nut butters. To use this hack at home, mix PB2 with Chobani with Zero Sugar Greek yogurt for a creamy, lower-sugar fruit dip; or blend it in your favorite smoothie, or even mix it into your morning oatmeal.

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Next, ask yourself: Am I staying hydrated throughout the day? Being properly hydrated is important to help with your energy levels and concentration. Signs of dehydration include frequent fatigue, poor digestion and brain fog. About 75% of Americans report feeling dehydrated frequently. This is where Liquid I.V. Hydration Multiplier Sugar-Free can make a huge splash. Liquid I.V. is more hydrating than water alone and contains essential vitamins and minerals to support immunity and energy production.

Plus, it is a great, sugar-free way to hydrate if you find plain water just too boring. Use Liquid I.V. Hydration Multiplier Sugar-Free with your favorite sparkling water or mix it with water and add frozen fruit for some exciting (and hydrating) mocktails!

Finally, rethink how you can use Greek yogurt. I recommend sticking to lower-sugar varieties, like Chobani with Zero Sugar. Chobani with Zero Sugar is a one-of-a-kind dairy product with zero sugar, 60 calories, lots of protein and no lactose. One cup of Greek yogurt gives you a whopping 17 grams of protein.

Greek yogurt can also be extremely versatile and is more than just granola’s best friend. Try swapping Greek yogurt where a recipe traditionally calls for sour cream or mayo. You can also try this hack by mixing plain Chobani Greek yogurt with ranch seasoning for a veggie dip or blending Chobani with Zero Sugar with your favorite fruit and freeze for a creamy sweet treat.

If you’re looking for a fun, new way to use Chobani with Zero Sugar & PB2, try this Smoothie Bowl recipe.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie Bowls

Serves 2

All you need

• 1 banana, frozen

• 1 (5.3-oz) container Chobani with Zero Sugar vanilla Greek yogurt

• 1 scoop Hy-Vee vanilla protein powder, optional

• 1/3 cup Kellogg’s Krave Double Chocolate Brownie Batter cereal, plus additional for garnish, optional

• 1/2 cup Hy-Vee 2% milk

• 2 tbsp PB2

• 1 tbsp chia seeds

• ½ cup frozen riced cauliflower, optional

• Banana chips, optional

• Coconut flakes, optional

• Hy-Vee mini semisweet chocolate chips, optional

All you do

1. Place frozen banana, Greek yogurt, protein powder, cereal, milk, PB2, chia seeds and frozen riced cauliflower in a blender.

2. Cover; blend until smooth. Divide between two bowls. Top with additional cereal, banana chips, coconut flakes and mini chocolate chips, if desired.

Recipe adapted from: Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie Bowls | Hy-Vee