Posts Tagged ‘Snacks’

Snack Smart

In CrossFit, exercise, Fitness, Food on September 2, 2012 at 9:53 pm

It’s hard to eat healthy on a whim. Eating clean and healthy does take some time, planning, & effort. The good thing is, practice makes perfect. The more you start planning and incorporating better options in to your diet, it gets easier.

Where I think some people go wrong (and I know, because I’m one of them) is snacking. Whether it’s vending machines at work, or that drive-thru McDonald’s sundae (raising hand)…there are PLENTY of unhealthy options that we don’t have to think about, right at our fingertips. Most, full of processed junk. I’m not going to lie and say I NEVER eat junk, because sometimes I just can’t help my sweet tooth and don’t get me started on Cheetos.

But I’ve found if I plan ahead for my week/meals and have easy grab’n’go choices, I’m much less likely to think about the unhealthy, processed snacks.

What I’ve found works for me is keeping my snacks below 200 calories and trying to snack only when I feel slightly hungry. I’ve found this also helps control the servings in my meals and powers me through afternoon workouts.

A few of my favorite bars.

Tortilla chips/salsa, almonds, and cheese sticks are some over favorites.

When I want something sweet and delicious!

Other foods not pictured:

  • Deli turkey
  • Hard boiled egg
  • Fruits/veggies – small apples,banana,mandarin oranges (my favs)
  • Apple sauce (watch the sugar though)

These snacks will help keep you on the right track each day. Don’t forget to WRITE what you eat down. It will keep you accountable and help you make adjustments.

My workout for today:

I only used 30 lbs overhead. Still TOUGH!

My new favorite Brooks running shorts! Now get to sweatin’!

Kid Approved.

In Food on August 21, 2012 at 5:04 pm

My ‘lil stinker!

Sometimes finding healthy snacks can be a challenge. I wanted to share what Sophie enjoys snacking on (which is mostly anything and everything). Picky, she is not! It seems there are better ‘snacky’ selections for adults, but most kids snacks are full of sugar and fake ingredients.

Thankfully, we have a great eater and she is very good about eating fruits/veggies.

Trader Joe’s is our go-to for all things produce. They have fantastic red grapes and strawberries. Other favorites…bananas, baby carrots, spinach, broccoli, blueberries, sliced apples, & oranges.

If you can, I suggest buying organic produce. If NOTHING else. I mean, have you walked through a Wal-Mart produce section lately? Enough said.

Another TJ favorite…mild cheddar cheese sticks. The BEST!! I even snack on them.

We both like these because they are a low calorie snack but have good protein. Plus they are organic.

Z Bar & Z Fruit Ropes

I am a HUGE fan of everything Cliff bar. Their Luna bars, granola bars, and kid snacks are the best! Cliff products are organic and these bars are baked. We both love the Iced Oatmeal Cookie. Sophie actually calls them cookies. You can’t go wrong with Cliff snacks!

Quick breakfast.

I was so excited when I ran across these. Organic whole grain oats & quinoa w/ blueberries. These are a great, quick breakfast. Target carries these.

Happy Baby pouches

So, think applesauce in a pouch. But with MUCH better varieties and even veggies thrown in the mix. This one is banana, beets, and blueberries. All organic, found at Target.

Gerber pouches

Even Gerber makes organic ones! I posted a few different brands, because these are the ones we like best. Gerber seems to have a better variety of fruits. Sophie loves all the combinations.