Thursday, March 27, 2014

Snack Attack

Hello my lovlies! I have some good info for y'all today! I've decided that since I consider myself a health and fitness/lifestyle blogger and I've gotten back on top of things posting about workouts and my life, there is something missinghere. Something I'm passionate about and something I think y'all will appreciate. Food. I want to incorporate more of the health part of being a health and fitness blogger.

I'll admit that I'm far from perfect and this girl has a huge sweet tooth. But I do want to share some of my secrets and favorite healthy recipes with y'all to give a try! Now I've posted healthy and clean eating before, but I want to get back at it. It's hard work to both lose weight and maintain weight. I want to share some of my secrets and support with y'all. That being said, let's just straight into today's topic: SNACKING!

I am a huge snack advocate. I know there are several different diet and eating plans out there. Everyone is different and everyone's body takes to foods differently, so there is no right or wrong. I personally believe in snacking and eating smaller meals throughout the day to increase your metabolism and keep your blood sugar from plummeting. That being said, in order to snack and eat 2-3 snacks a day, you need to eat the right things. As much as fueling your body with cookies sounds awesome, it completely defeats the purpose of the snacking to begin with  :) Thought I'll admit that I've done it before. I've been trying new snacks a lot lately and here are some of my current favorites.

SAVORY
2 TBS hummus with mixed veggies (celery, baby carrots, cherry tomatoes) 
You can pair this with some grilled chicken cubes. An ounce or 2 is perfect for added lean protein!

Hard boiled eggs
Two eggs is 140 calories. Eat just one and have something else for roughly 100 carlories or go for two eggs! They're high in protein and will keep you feeling full longer!


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Tuna fish
Mix it up with some hummus or light mayo. You can also chop up some carrots and celery to mix in some veggies!

SALTY
Dry roasted almonds with Nut Thins
Blue Diamond makes several different flavors of Nut Thins...almond, pecan, etc.
Be sure to see just how many almonds you're eating because the calories sneak up on you! I recommend pre-portioning them ahead of time. 100 calories of almonds and 100 calories of Nut Thins (about 10 crackers) is a great 200 calorie snack.


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Nut Thins and Nut Butter
Take one serving of Nut Thins and a tablespoon or two of peanut butter or almond butter!

Apple slices, Celery sticks and Almond butter
Take 1/2 an apple, a few celery stick and a tablespoon of almond butter for dipping!

SWEET
Protein cookie
You want to eat this snack earlier in the day. Maybe as your mid-morning snack or after lunch. Since these cookies are better for you, they're still high in carbs! You want to eat your carb-ier snacks earlier in the day when you need the added energy. Yes, that means dessert after dinner is unnecessary energy being stored in your body overnight!

Greek Yogurt or make it a Parfait
You can stick to your favorite flavor of Greek yogurt or if you're not a huge yogurt fan, spice it up! Add a bit of granola...a bit, don't go crazy or calories sneak up...a few dark chocolate chips, coconut, dried fruit (cranberries, blueberries, raisins, etc.), chopped nuts.
My suggestion: Pick 2 or 3 add ins and limit the amount of each. Be aware of how many calories you're adding to your yogurt!!!


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A LITTLE BIT OF EVERYTHING
Fruit and Chicken
Choose two of the fruits listed below and add 1-2 oz of grilled and seasoned cubed chicken to much on!
Options: 1/2 an orange, apple, banana, pear or grapefruit, 1/2 cup grapes



There are tons of articles out there with healthy snacking options. Here's a good one from Runner's World!
http://www.runnersworld.com/nutrition-for-runners/25-great-snacks-for-runners?page=single

Do you have any favorite snacks that aren't listed about?

Until next time...
With love and God bless,

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