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Why Breakfast is the Most Essential Meal of the Day

A “fast” is a time period where you don’t eat or drink. Most often, people relate a “fast” to an extended period of time, where dedicated folk abstain from eating for compelling health or spiritual reasons. What you probably don’t realize is that by definition we “fast” every night when we sleep.

So why is breakfast so important you ask? Well, it’s when we break our “fast” and replenish our bodies of course!

It can be easy to forgo breakfast on a busy morning, but remember that breaking your nighttime fast can make all the difference in the day ahead of you! If you don’t have the time to cook something, we have plenty of easy on the go options to help kick start your day!

Here are just a few reasons why you should always make breakfast a priority.

  • 1. It improves cognitive function

  • Breakfast provides immediate fuel and nutrients to your body, so it’s no surprise that eating a healthy breakfast is beneficial for your brain. Breakfast restores glucose levels, which are carbohydrates needed for brain function. According to various studies, eating a good breakfast can improve concentration levels and overall mood, as well as memory!

  • 2. It increases energy levels

  • Depriving your body of food from dinner time until lunchtime the next day is not a smart move, and it ultimately has an effect on your energy levels. According to a study, eating a breakfast that is high in fiber and carbohydrates can help you feel less tired throughout the day. For an extra quick energy boost in the morning, try Boxtera’s Organic Super Green Energy Squares!

    3. It helps maintain healthy weight and metabolism 

    Eating breakfast can be the diet secret you’ve been searching for! According to a 2003 study, people who skip breakfast are 4.5 times more likely to be obese than those who ate a morning meal. By skipping breakfast your blood sugar drops, which leads to unhealthy cravings and increased calorie intake during lunch and dinner. Try Boxtera’s Cherry Almond Crunch (Granola) - it contains only 40 calories from fat and tastes superb!

    4. It’s good for your heart

    Making sure you replenish your body after a night of sleeping does more than keep you awake, it promotes a healthier heart. People who forgo breakfast usually have higher cholesterol level, which is a major risk for heart disease. Eating breakfast also prevents diabetes and lowers your blood pressure. Try adding some of Boxtera’son your morning oatmeal; nuts are full of fiber and Vitamin E known to promote healthier hearts!

    Making sure you replenish your body after a night of sleeping does more than keep you awake, it promotes a healthier heart. People who forgo breakfast usually have higher cholesterol level, which is a major risk for heart disease. Eating breakfast also prevents diabetes and lowers your blood pressure. Try adding some of

    Making sure you replenish your body after a night of sleeping does more than keep you awake, it promotes a healthier heart. People who forgo breakfast usually have higher cholesterol level, which is a major risk for heart disease. Eating breakfast also prevents diabetes and lowers your blood pressure. Try adding some of Boxtera’s Healthy Hiker on your morning oatmeal; nuts are full of fiber and Vitamin E known to promote healthier hearts!

    For more quick and easy breakfast options, stop by Boxtera’s snack shop. Be sure to take a look at the Organic Flax and Hemp Granola and Rye Bagel Chips! Happy snacking!

     

     

    5 Tips to Help You Stick to Your New Year's Resolution

    This is your year!

    Most of us make New Year's Resolution-- perhaps to lose weight, quit smoking, or hit the gym more--but most of us don’t follow through. Chances are you enter the new year with a gung ho attitude that quickly dwindles as the year progresses and life gets in the way.

    According to Nielsen data fitness resolutions are among the most popular. In 2015 37% of people made resolutions to stay fit and healthy and 32% of people made resolutions  to lose weight. The problem with this is that most of these people don’t actually stick to their goals. In 2014 76% of people reported they did not follow a weight loss or diet program.  

    Don’t get too down on yourself if what we explained above has happened to you! (It’s the majority of people). If you have plans to commit to healthier lifestyle in 2016, whether it be eating better, getting fit, or exercising, we have some simple tips to help your reach your goals! It won’t be easy, but with a little planning, accountability, and a positive attitude you will be able maintain your resolutions, big or small!

  • 1. Think realistically

  • When the ball drops we usually feel a rush of excitement for a fresh new start. Slow down! When making a New Year's resolution you don’t want to set yourself up for failure with a resolution that that may be too extreme to reach.

    Forget the goals like “I will go to the gym everyday this year”, or “I will you only eat salad”. Instead, try making sensible goals like “I will go to the gym at least three times a week”, or “I will cut out junk food and fast food out of my diet.” These goals are realistic and good starting points for a bigger goal of an overall healthy lifestyle.

    2. Keep a log

    Once you have decided on a realistic goal for yourself that you are confident you can succeed put your pen to paper. When you write your goals out on paper you’re turning your resolution into something tangible. Maybe you have a chalkboard in your kitchen that you want to write a little reminder on, or a journal you write in every day.

    If your goal is to eat better or lose weight it’s a smart idea to keep a log of your progress. A written record of what you have eaten and any physical activity you have done will help you better pinpoint any bad habits you have and things your can work on. Not to mention, it will encourage you when you see how your healthy lifestyle is evolving day by day!

    3. Tell your friends & family

    One thing that many people shy away from is sharing their resolutions with their inner circle. This is a defense mechanism for those that are worried they may fail. Instead, tell everyone your know, and be proud of your goals! It’s a big deal that you want to make healthy life choices, and your courage to make healthier choices may just inspire those around you!

    Friends and family can be great support system and will ultimately hold your more accountable! One great way to share your journey is through social media or a blog. By sharing your progress online you will feel more accountable to stick to your resolution and succeed!

    #BoxteraResolution

    Boxtera is running a photo competition through the month of January to help keep our subscribers on track. Show us how you use Boxtera to stay healthy, share your photos with the hashtag #BoxteraResolution on Facebook & Twitter.

     

    4. Seek inspiration

    You should always seek inspiration and advice from people on similar journeys to yours. There are tons of bloggers out there that are passionate about healthy living, and their success (and failures) will be sure to inspire you to keep on going.

    Subscribe to your favorite blogs or newsletters and take a few minutes each day to read them. Not only is the success of others a huge inspiration, but it’s an opportunity to make connections with like-minded people through the comment section!

    5. Don’t be too hard on yourself

    We’re all human and we all get off track from time to time. Rather than reverting back to your old (unhealthy) ways after each failure, think of it as a minor setback! Giving up all together because you got off track once is the easy way out!

    In fact, rewarding yourself is something we strongly suggest! If that means a sweet treat after a grueling workout, go for it! (check out smart snacks from our shop here)

    We hope that these tips will help you keep your healthy eating resolutions in the year of 2016 and beyond! This is your year.

     

    BOXTERA MONTHLY MEMBERSHIP: THE GIFT OF HEALTH

    Subscription Gift BoxStill stuck for gift ideas? Wondering what to get your fitness guru friend or family member? A Boxtera Monthly Membership is a gift that keeps on giving, every month! Delivered straight to their doorstep, your loved one will be reminded of your appreciation for them not just on Christmas, but each month! 

    Choose a 3 month, 6 month, or 12 month subscription to share.

    We all have a loved one that is a complete “foodie”, and while gift baskets full of their favorite goodies is quite thoughtful, they tend to be forgotten and devoured quickly. Here’s the down-low on why Boxtera Monthly Subscriptions are truly unique gifts that your family and friends can enjoy all year long!

     

  • 1. They’re customizable

  • We have something to satisfy every kind of taste bud! Whether your loved one enjoys sweet, salty, savory, sour, spicy, or bitter flavors we have something to fulfill any kind of craving! Some unique snacks we offer include our Plantain Coins, Hibiscus Flowers, Japanese Peanuts, Wholly Wheat Apple Cinnamon Bars, and BBQ Banana Chips. You won’t be able to create your own gift basket like by simply visiting your local grocery store. Every single Boxtera snack is incredibly unique and delicious!

    Are you worried about finding appropriate foods for your loved ones with strict diets? Don’t fret! We offer a ton of gluten free options like our Organic Super Green Energy Squares, Ridiculously Good Fruit Chips, Marvelous Mango Chews, and many more! We also offer vegan friendly snacks like our Organic Boxtera Bites and Organic Peanut Butter Hemp Chews! There is seriously something for every complicated eater in your life!

  • 2. They’re affordable

  • Most of the time finding a personal yet affordable gift is a difficult task--Boxtera Monthly Boxes are the exception! Our Standard Box comes with 5 snacks, and is perfect for someone who wants to try out a few of our recipes to see if they like what we offer (trust me, they will.)  For gift for the whole family, the Family Box offers 10 snacks per month. And then for businessman on the go who’s looking to gain some cool points with his/her employees this holiday season, there’s the Company Box that offers 20 snacks per month!

    Each subscription is 100% customizable, and range from $19.95 to 49.95! Consider what a great deal that is compared to creating your own gift basket, which is quite time consuming and expensive after buying numerous snacks, a basket, gift wrap and more! All of our members are sent specials deals and discounts to their email monthly, and we offer free shipping for all of our boxes! Be sure to Check out our December Special: $15 off w/ discount code: FMLYBX

  • 3. They require no dreaded trips to the mall

  • The mall during this time of year is complete and utter chaos. We have all been there. It’s two days before Christmas, you sit in traffic, search up and down for a parking spot, only to wait in hour long lines and have mini panic attacks on whether your loved one will even like the basic sweater in your hands. With Boxtera Monthly Boxes you can avoid this scenario all together. Customize their box to fit their taste buds, or let them choose what they want to include in it! It’s convenient for you, while still being thoughtful!

    Choose from Boxtera’s different monthly membership options here.

    Happy Snacking!

    WHY YOU SHOULD EMBRACE NATURE'S CANDY


    Fruits are a necessity in everyone's diet. They provide us with nutrients, vitamins, and minerals that are hard to find in other foods. The ongoing debate surrounding these health boosters is which form is more beneficial-- dehydrated or fresh? We are here to relieve your concerns, and explain why dehydrated fruits are just as beneficial as fresh fruits. Don’t let their candy aisle location trip you up, they are quite healthy and delicious!


    Dehydrated fruit is fruit from which the majority of original water content has been removed either naturally, through sun frying, or through the use of specialized dryers or dehydrators. (insert here how Boxtera dries their fruits). So really the only difference between the two, is one has water, and one does not!


    One huge advantage to dehydrated fruit is their long shelf life. Having fresh fruit available at home is always great, but sometimes we buy too much, don’t eat them on time, and end up having to toss them because they have gone bad! Dried fruits will last you longer, helping you avoid this wasteful scenario all together! They’re also super convenient for activities like hiking and road trips.


    Dehydrated fruits also have a ton of fiber, which has a rep for keeping your regular, but it’s truly much more than that. According to the Harvard School of Public Health, fiber also helps prevent obesity, heart disease, and some forms of cancer! Try our Red Pepper Banana Chips, they contain 12% of your suggested daily value!


    One thing to remember when choosing dehydrated fruits over fresh fruit is the serving size! Since dried fruits often have added sugar to protect them from spoilage, their serving size will differ and usually suggest smaller portions, but that doesn’t mean that they aren’t just as healthy! Try our Marvelous Mango Chews that have less sugar added!


    Check out Boxtera’s selection of nature's candy here!

    HAUNTINGLY HEALTHY HALLOWEEN TREATS

    Halloween Healthy Snacks

    Halloween is upon us, meaning minions, ninja turtles, princesses, and superheroes will all be on the hunt for one thing, sweet treats. It’s no secret that Halloween goodies are far from healthy, but the good news is that you don’t have to deprive yourself of delicious snacks this holiday.

    Just to give you an idea of how unhealthy Halloween candy really is America’s favorite Halloween candy the Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup has a total of 10.5 grams of sugar! And just a small bite sized Snickers Candy Bar contains 160 calories! With obesity being a huge issue in the United States, it’s important to choose, and encourage your children to choose, healthy alternatives even on Halloween.

    Boxtera has tons of healthy options with the same sweet and sour delight that many candies have. Here are some options you should consider this Halloween that are simply delicious!

    Marvelous Mango Chews

    You and your kids will love the chewiness and sweet flavor packed in our mango chews. They’re low in sugar, and packed with fiber, vitamins, and antioxidants!

    Honey Cinnamon Pretzels

    Commonly compared to the popular snack Teddy Grahams these sweet pretzels will without a doubt be a hit with your children.

    Apple Cinnamon Crisp

    Who doesn’t love apple and cinnamon flavor this time of year? Our Apple Cinnamon Crisp are delicious on their own or with milk added!

    Whole Wheat Lemon Bars

    Okay, so it may not be a chocolate candy bar, but the fig filling sweetened with lemon flavor is to die for! We promise your kids will love the sweet and sour kick!

    Tropical Fruit Salad

    Do you have trouble convincing your kids to eat fruit? Our Tropical Fruit Salad contains 6 different fruits and has that sweet and sour tart that tastes similar to the popular candy Sweet Tarts!

    So this Halloween - we know you’re going to eat some candy - but we’ll be there to nurse your candy-hangover.

    DEFINING GLUTEN

    You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.

    Over the past few years gluten-free diets have become increasingly popular, and people swear by the health benefits of cutting gluten entirely out of their diets. Unfortunately gluten is in a lot of packaged and processed food, making snacking a challenge.

    For those of you who haven’t jumped on the gluten free train yet, gluten refers to the proteins found in in wheat endosperm (a type of tissue produced in seeds that’s ground to make flour). Gluten both nourished plant embryos during germination and later affects the elasticity of dough, which in turn affects the chewiness of baked wheat products.

    Although gluten isn’t necessarily bad for everyone, there are a lot of folks out there that are gluten-intolerant. The most common form of gluten-intolerance is called celiac disease, which according to NIH affects 1 in every 141 people in the United States. When someone with celiac disease consumes gluten it triggers an immune system response that damages their intestines, which prevents their body from absorbing important nutrients.

    Foods such as wheat, rye, and barley should always be avoided by people suffering from celiac disease. If you not been diagnosed with celiac disease but notice that you suffer from unexplained iron deficiency, fatigue, bone or joint pain, depression or anxiety, and any other symptoms listed here then you should visit your doctor to discuss the probability of gluten causing your health issues.

    A Box for Gluten-Free Folks

    For those individuals who already cut gluten out of their diets try building a custom gluten-free box with these 9 delicious Boxtera snacks!

  • 1.  Organic Super Green Energy Squares
  • Are you looking for an energy booster? Look no further. You won’t be able to find anything like our Organic Green Energy Squares at the grocery store. Made with raw cacao these little squares are packed with nutrients!

  • 2.  Chili Mango
  • Our Chili Mangos are another unique snack that you won’t be able to find at your local grocery store. We’ve taken our original mango chews and added a kick! These mango chews are covered in chili, and boy do they pack the heat (the perfect amount).

  • 3.  Toasted Original Corn Bites
  • Finding a salty snack to satisfy your craving that is also gluten free can be difficult. But our Original Toasted Corn Bites offer that crunch and salty taste we all love, without the gluten!

  • 4.  Hibiscus Flowers
  • Chances are you haven’t tried Hibiscus Flowers, and trust us you’re missing out. These beautiful flowers taste a whole lot like fruit roll-ups making them a kid favorite

  • 5.  Organic Muesli
  • Another unique snack we offer is Muesli. They’re loaded with raisins, dates, almonds, and walnuts, making them a great snack or cereal!

  • 6.  A-maize-ing Pops
  • Sometimes popcorn tends to be too soft, and corn nuts are too crunchy, but our A-maiz-ing Pops are just right! These half-popped kernels are simply delicious and come in original and cheddar flavors!

  • 7.  Cherry Almond Crunch
  • No granola brand compares to our Cherry Almond Crunch! The cherries add the perfect touch of sweetness, while the almonds give it the crunch we love. Perfect over yogurt or on its own!

  • 8.  Diced Dates
  • People loved it so much in our trail mix that we decided to make them their own snack! Our diced dates are ideal for adding to muffins, cakes, granola, energy bites, or even bread pudding!

  • 9.  Ridiculously Good Fruit Chips
  • Our thin and crispy Ridiculously Good Fruit Chips are enjoyed by kids and adults alike. This unbelievably yummy snack includes banana, pineapple, honeydew, apple, and star fruit chips!

    BOXTERA'S RED BANANA PEPPER CHIPS FOR THE WIN

    Boxtera’s Red Banana Pepper Chips for the Win

    Boxtera's Red Pepper Banana Chips

    Yes, you read the title correctly--Boxtera has turned the beloved munchie snack into a healthy fruit hybrid! Our Red Pepper Banana Chips is a different take on the traditional sweet banana chips, and will blow you away with their kick of chili pepper flavor. Put down the bag of greasy potato chips, and make the smarter choice for your tastebuds and health.

    To truly outline the many health benefits of our Red Pepper Banana Chips we will be comparing key aspects of their nutritional value to the popular Lays BBQ Flavored Potato Chips.

    Sodium

    According to the American Heart Association too much sodium in your system results in your body retaining too much water. Excess water in your body creates a burden on your heart and blood vessels, which increases your risk for heart disease and stroke. Lay’s BBQ Flavored Potato Chips contains 6% of your daily value of sodium--yikes. While our Red Pepper Banana Chips contains none!

    Red Pepper Banana Chips: 1, Lays BBQ Flavored Potato Chips: 0

    Fiber

    Many of us associate fiber with bodily functions we’d rather not think about. However, eating foods high in dietary fiber does much more than keep you regular. It’s known to lower your risk for heart disease, stroke, and diabetes, improve your skin, and help you lose weight. Lays BBQ Flavored Chips contains only 6% of suggested daily value, while our Red Pepper Banana Chips contains 12% of daily value. By snacking on high fiber snacks you will be sure to look and feel your very best.

    Red Pepper Banana Chips: 2, Lays BBQ Flavored Potato Chips: 0

    Healthy Fats

    In our previous blog we discussed various foods that are healthy sources of fats. A big part of this category was healthy oils that are great sources of fat. Our Red Pepper Banana Chips are cooked in the healthiest oil we could find, coconut oil. Coconut oil contains fatty acids that help with weight loss and brain function! On the other hand, Lays BBQ Flavored Chips are cooked in canola oil, which is low in essential nutrients.

    Red Pepper Banana Chips: 3, Lays BBQ Flavored Potato Chips: 0

    Our snack option is the clear winner here! Make the smart choice, and choose Boxtera’s Red Pepper Banana Chips next time you have a craving for a crispy snack!