When In Doubt, Snack It Out!

I just want to start this post by being upfront and honest aaaaand say I don’t work out, I’m not a fitness guru, and I don’t stick to a crazy diet. This isn’t a post on a really good diet where you can lose weight super fast and have killer abs. I have just found a few things that work for me and that make me happy! The most important thing that everyone should keep in mind is if it doesn’t make you feel happy then you shouldn’t be doing it. If you’re following a crazy diet and limiting yourself and then making yourself feel bad for eating a piece of chocolate, then you should consider making a change to something else that benefits you personally.

Let’s face it, eating healthy can be so hard and sometimes really sucks. BUT it is sooo worth it at the end of the day when you just feel good all over! Your mind feels happy, your body feels good from healthy foods you’ve put into it, and you feel proud of yourself for the accomplishments you’ve made!

This is just what I do during the week while I am at work. On the weekends, I eat whatever I want. Am I going to eat half a bag of hot cheetos? Sure am! Takis? Alright! 2 jumbo glasses of wine and take out? Hell yes I will! It’s all about balance, right?

If you’re like me and you LOVE your sleep and get as much as you possibly can… you need a quick breakfast. I like to do a very simple smoothie, but you can add/remove things. I use our handy dandy ninja blender with the single serving 16 oz cups. If you don’t have one, I highly recommend getting one or one similar! It’s so much faster than getting out the big blender for a single serving and it’s less dishes so it’s a win-win. I pour in 8ish oz of Silk Unsweetened Almond Milk, half of a frozen banana, handful of spinach, 1 scoop of Organic Protein Powder – Creamy Chocolate Fudge, and finally 1 Tbsp of PB Fit. It is sooo good, and only takes a few minutes to make. This is just what I like to do for myself! If you don’t like unsweetened almond milk, then do sweetened! I just don’t feel like I need the additional sugar when I’m using the banana as a natural sweetener. If you want to use a whole banana, do it! Don’t like chocolate protein? Use vanilla!

For easy reference, I will put a link to the protein powder and PB Fit I use in my smoothie at the bottom of this post.

TIP: On Sundays, I like to cut the bananas up and portion them out into little baggies along with a handful of spinach. This way it’s portioned out for the week and since it’s frozen you don’t need to use ice cubes. 🙂

I do all of my meal prep on Sundays.. sometimes on Monday when I didn’t feel like doing it on Sunday hehe! I like to do chicken, brown rice, and a vegetable. Lately I have been doing broccoli for the veggie because it goes with anything. I don’t really do anything special! Just cook the rice in the rice cooker, steam the veggies, and bake the chicken in the oven! I always put the chicken on 350 degrees and cook for 25 min, longer if it’s thicker! If I want to do lemon chicken, I always do salt and pepper with a Mrs. Dash seasoning and lemon juice! The Mrs. Dash seasonings are nice because they don’t have sodium but they still have a ton of flavor. But I will do anything for the chicken.. teriyaki sauce, General Tso, BBQ. Just whatever I’m feeling for the week! If I’m doing something like teriyaki sauce, I will put a little sauce in the bottom of a glass casserole dish, coat the chicken in it. Salt and pepper with a drizzle of sauce on top. Cover it with tin foil and bake.

Another thing I like to do for a lunch/snack is what I like to call thee ‘Glorified Lunchable’. This is more of a snack to have during the day to tie me over until lunch time! It’s just ham, cheese, spinach, olive oil based mayo, and mustard rolled up into a pinwheel! Use as much of everything that YOU want. If you don’t like ham, you can do a turkey roll-up! There isn’t anything special you need to follow… just don’t go crazy with the condiments and cheese! On the side I will do cucumber (I cut up 1 whole cucumber and divide it out into 5 portions) and a 2 oz cup of cashews. I pack a little bit of dairy free ranch with it as well in a 2 oz portion cup. The dairy free ranch has kind of a dill taste to it, so if you don’t like dill just pack a light or fat free ranch!

You can get the dairy free ranch in the produce refrigerated section. I get the Tessemae’s brand at Smiths Marketplace.

Snacks.. one of my favorite words in the English dictionary. I like to eat something small every 2 hours so packing healthy snacks really help me get through the day without getting super hangry, and it also helps speed up your metabolism. I will pack whatever I am feeling. You can do a wide range of things just try to follow serving sizes and pick healthier options! I will list a few here:

  • Light String Cheese
  • Sugar Snap Peas
  • Skinny Pop Popcorn – I really like the White Cheddar
  • Asparagus – I usually just put them in a container uncooked. Then when I’m ready to eat them, I put a little bit of water in the bottom and put them in the microwave with the lid half on to steam them!
  • Berries
  • Cutie Oranges
  • Avocados.. YUM!

Are you catching my drift here? Whatever works for YOU and whatever YOU enjoy eating, just prep that out into serving sizes. You obviously don’t want to ‘meal prep’ chocolate and chips and all of these high carb treats or candy. But if you want some wheat thins, get the reduced fat option and follow the serving size.

TIP: I like to drink a cup of tea after each snack/meal! Whether that be a rose hibiscus for my skin, or green tea to wake my behind up at work. I find it fills me up without needing to eat extra snacks or eating too many of the snacks I brought to work at once! I really like the Yogi or Celestial brand.

For dinner.. to be honest my husband and I have just been doing Chick Fil A.. a lot! We are a little obsessed! I hear they use peanut oil so I mean.. it’s still healthy, right? We just won’t discuss how many sauces I get… It’s a problem, I know! But if you’re wanting a healthier option.. when in doubt do a protein, brown rice or quinoa, and veggies. OR! You can just do brown rice and a bunch of veggies. I like to just get a frozen bag of mixed veggies. I will mix 2 Tbsp of soy sauce or teriyaki sauce, salt and pepper, garlic, and sriracha. I mix that up and pour it over the veggies in a frying pan and heat them up over medium heat until they are completely thawed out and hot.

This is just what works out for me personally. At the moment I don’t feel like I need to follow a crazy strict diet. Yeah, some days I get frustrated with myself for what I ate or if my pants are a little more snug than usual and I do think about switching to a strict diet. But I know that these minor diet changes have already made me so much happier so that is what I am going to stick to. Just add a few things in at first! If you try to completely change your entire diet in 1 day, it can become very overwhelming and I think that’s why I have always given up in the past.

Just remember to be kind to yourself and never give up!

xoxo, cakes

Protein Powder: http://a.co/8l78lfl

PB Fit: http://a.co/5WYnhjM

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