Tis the Season for A Self Care Challenge

Happy Friday, friends! I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving filled with lots of delicious food and absolutely no guilt or shame. From this point on, the holiday season seems to quickly become jam-packed with shopping, family get-togethers and so much running around. Sometimes it feels hard to catch your breath…am I right?

This year, let’s celebrate by taking some time each day to take care of ourselves….with my 12 Day Self Care Challenge! Get the details below and be sure to sign up to join!

What is the self care challenge?

12 days of self-care challenges, delivered to your inbox, beginning December 1st and ending on December 12th.

How much does it cost?

Nothing! This is a totally FREE challenge to help you focus on yourself and a few minutes of self-care each day.

What can i expect?

  • Daily e-mails with simple challenges to bring your self-care back into focus, including suggestions for slowing down, experiencing gratitude and being more present.
  • A partner (or a few) to complete the challenge right alongside you!
    • Follow me @KimHobanRD on Instagram and stories to see how I’ll be taking the challenges on myself too!
    • Use #12DaysOfSelfCare and tag me @KimHobanRD to interact and show me (and others in the challenge) what you’re up to!

What will I get out of it?

A small (or maybe big) sense of peace, calm and gratitude during an otherwise hectic holiday season. You know how when you fly, the attendants instruct you to put your own oxygen mask on before assisting others with theirs? There is a reason! We’re better equipped to take care of others when we take care of ourselves first. You have to fill your cup so you can pour into others!

Where can I SIGN UP?

Great question! Click HERE to get signed up. I’m so excited you’ll be joining me!  

Favorite Finds from FNCE 2017

About two weeks have already passed since I was at the 2017 Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo (aka FNCE) in Chicago. My favorite part of this “Super Bowl of nutrition” is meeting and reconnecting with other RDs.  

Cara Harbstreet, Kelly Jones, Julie Harrington and me at the Living Plate booth!

The networking and social opportunities presented at the conference are always amazing, but one of my favorite parts of this annual event is the expo floor. There are so many brands to discover and companies to connect with, plus SO. MANY. SNACKS. I won’t dive into a full recap of the conference this year, but I do want to share some of the food products (old and new) that I’m loving these days.

Banza

If you haven’t tried this chickpea pasta yet, get on it! I’m a fan of regular gluten-filled pasta too, but if you can’t enjoy gluten or are looking to bump up the protein and fiber in your meals, Banza is a great option. Plus they just came out with new Mac’n’Cheese varieties, which are delish.  Check out my Creamy Pumpkin Pasta recipe using Banza, or grab some of the other great recipes on their website!

 

FYI I am a Banza Ambassador, which means I get sample products and coupons to share with my clients, but I am not paid to support or represent Banza in any way.  

Siggi’s

I’ve long loved and supported Siggi’s for their delicious skyr/yogurt, but also for the brand’s dedication to supporting Registered Dietitians. Siggi himself is always around to represent and speak directly with the professionals who enjoy and support Siggi’s. My favorite product of late is the Triple Cream yogurts, especially the lemon and vanilla flavors. They’re super creamy and satisfying. Full fat FTW! 🙂

Kodiak cakes

This was something I was excited to finally try at FNCE, as I had heard a lot about the brand via social media, but hadn’t taste tested it for myself. Plus, you guys know how much I love pancakes! Kodiak Cakes have pancake and muffin mixes as well as new oatmeal cups and toaster waffles. All of their products are a little bit higher in protein and fiber than traditional mixes too. I tried the pumpkin pancakes and the toaster waffles and have to say I’m a big fan. 

A2

I was first introduced to A2 Milk at the Today’s Dietitian conference and via RD friend Liz Shaw’s social media. Without getting too science-y on you, A2 milk has been created to eliminate the A1 beta-casein protein, which may be the cause of the digestive distress some people experience after drinking milk (that may have interpreted as lactose intolerance).  A2 is a great example of advancing food science providing solutions for those with health conditions or dietary needs. Of course, I’m a big fan of the chocolate A2 milk! 🙂 

Munk Pack

Munk Pack started out with oatmeal squeeze pouches, which I’ve enjoyed as on-the-go and pre/post-workout snacks for a few years now. I stopped at their booth to say hi and was happily surprised when I tried their new protein cookies. The cookies have 18g of fiber and 6g of fiber, but most importantly taste SO good!  

Other FNCE expo brand favorites included Elmhurst Peanut Milk, RxBar, KIND Snacks, Simple Mills and Muuna cottage cheese. I look forward to FNCE next year, if only to connect with fellow RDs and try more snacks! 🙂