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Healthy Snacks: 10 Great Options For Staying On Track!

28 Feb

Let’s face it- I’m not someone who has 5 or 10 pounds to lose. I have many, many pounds to spare {I’m giving them away for free, if anyone is interested}. Staying on track is difficult enough without the added, burdensome question: what to eat?

This is by no means a list to end all lists, but is simply a compilation of which snack foods I find to be most helpful in this weight loss endeavor. My list is based on foods that are beneficial to one’s overall health. They must also relatively filling, affordable and easy to prepare. So, without further rambling adieu, ladies and gents- the list:

10 Healthy Snack Ideas

1. Vegetables with Homemade Hummus {I have not actually made this recipe for hummus, so don’t get mad at me if it sucks. I was nice enough to include a link to the recipe, so just be grateful you didn’t have to look that up yourself.}

2. Walnuts or almonds. Measure according to the serving size, and store in small Ziplock bags. I keep pre-portioned bags in my car and purse for a quick and healthy post-workout snack.

3. Whole fruit

4. Green Monster Smoothie {more of a meal than a snack, but highly recommended for taste, convenience and nutritional value!}

5. Plain Greek yogurt. Add fresh fruit for flavor and added nutrition. It’s yum.

6. Frozen red grapes. Great for a warm weather snack!

7. 1 cup unsweetened almond milk with one serving of Post {unfrosted} shredded wheat, spoon size. I’m a recovering cereal addict, and this satisfies my carb cravings without the guilt.

8. Apple wedges with organic, reduced-fat peanut butter.

9. Pineapple wedges with Greek yogurt {plain or vanilla is best}

10. Reduced fat string cheese

So there ya have it. Nothing earth-shattering here, but maybe it will give someone some inspiration to put down the bag of Ruffles or that innocent looking “100 calorie” handful of cookies {yeah, I’m talking to you}. Enjoy!

#*%! You, Scale.

26 Feb

Only one pound down on the scale last week. ONE. 1. Seriously? I know I worked harder than that. I also know that I could have done better. People in my circle have tried to convince me that this is “still one pound down”. Derrrr. But, it’s a single pound. Everyone knows that one is the loneliest number in the world {one dollar bill, one glass of wine, one condom left…you get the idea}. I can think of a million things wrong with that number. “It’s simple math”, everyone likes to tell me when referring to the calories in-calories out formula of weight loss. Simple?! Since when is the complex biology of a human body {let alone a female body} simple?

Here was my thought process moments before my trainer announced my lonely one- pound loss: Please, God, just one pound. That’s all I need- just one! Maybe I shouldn’t have eaten those pretzels the other night. Maybe I shouldn’t have told my husband I had a headache the other night- at least I would’ve burned some calories. Maybe, maybe, maybe. Just one pound, just one pound. I got my one pound, and wanted to punch the wall. I have a million excuses for not losing more. Legitimate obstacles, but excuses nonetheless. I had worked hard, but not as hard as I could have. I felt betrayed by my own body, and after leaving my training session, I just wanted to drown my sorrows {and face} into a pint of Death by Chocolate. With sour cream and onion chips on the side.

And then something great happened. I didn’t race to the grocery store to buy that bag of chips OR the pint of chocolate death. In a crazy, unforeseen turn of events, I raced home and made a Green Monster Spinach Smoothie. Instead of exercising my rights {at the drive thru} to order enough empty calories to feed the Duggar Family, I exercised in my living room with the Xbox Kinect! Uncharacteristically, I did not sabotage myself in attempt to punish my body. I chose to make that one-pound my friend. My other extra pounds welcomed it with open arms. We’re all one big happy family..and I can’t wait to get rid of them ALL.