SOURCE: Laughing Cow Cheese

August 22, 2011 05:00 ET

Hurry Up and... Eat Right?

MISSION, KS--(Marketwire - Aug 22, 2011) - (Family Features) With everything on your "To Do" list this fall, it may seem as though there's not enough time to eat right or stay fit. But, eating right and living a healthy lifestyle actually enable you to cross all those items off your "To Do" list!

The good news is that a few small changes to your diet and activity level can have a huge impact on your ability to tackle a busy day. The Laughing Cow has enlisted the advice of four experts in the fields of nutrition, food and fitness to share their advice on how to stay fit, happy and healthy this fall, no matter how busy you become.

Easy steps to a fit fall

"If your office or school is close enough to your home, try walking or biking to work or school once or twice a week to keep your metabolism up," said Patricia Bannan, registered dietitian and author of "Eat Right When Time Is Tight."

As for getting motivated to exercise routinely, Sarah Dussault, certified personal trainer and founder of www.SarahFit.com, advises, "It's easy to stay motivated when you have a finish line in sight. Sign up for a 5K for workout inspiration and to reaffirm your commitment to a healthier you. The scheduled race will increase your ambition when it comes to lacing up your sneakers before or after a long day."

Snacking to success

Fall is a hectic time for most families and that can mean grabbing food on the go. Making good snack choices can give you the boost you need to get through a hectic day.

"Portion-controlled snacks are perfect for satisfying a craving, and keeping hunger levels steady when reducing overall calorie intake," said Dussault.

Bannan shared her top tip for being snack savvy, "Keep a stash of The Laughing Cow Light Cheese Wedges on hand for a quick and healthy snack when hunger hits. Feel free to pair them with pretzel sticks or crackers from the school or office vending machines."

Veronica Noon, healthy living blogger behind GreenLiteBites, RonisWeigh and BlogToLose, added, "My latest fun snacking tip: Put 2 tablespoons of unpopped popcorn kernels in the bottom of a small brown lunch bag. Fold the top close and pop in the microwave for 1 to 2 minutes. Voilà -- your very own 100-calorie pack."

Keep it up!

"You make thousands of choices each day. Living a healthy lifestyle means making the best decisions possible 90 percent of the time. You are the only one who will determine the amount of activity you get, the nutritious food you'll enjoy, the attitude you present, and the overall healthy lifestyle you'll commit to," said Sarah Kay Hoffman, blogger and self-proclaimed digitally addicted country girl with a foodie-fitness flare.

Get more tips and find tasty, satisfying recipes at www.thelaughingcow.com. In the meantime, brighten up your usual packed lunch with this delicious sandwich recipe.

Giving Turkey a Whirl
Serves 2

2 whole wedges The Laughing Cow Light Swiss Original Cheese
1 whole 10-inch flour or flavored tortilla wrap
1 teaspoon honey mustard
2 slices smoked turkey
½ cup shredded lettuce or arugula
½ whole apple or pear, sliced thin

Spread wedges over tortilla wrap, covering evenly. Top with honey mustard, smoked turkey, lettuce and apple or pear. Roll up tightly, tucking in ends of tortilla. If necessary, secure with toothpick.

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