If you know me at all, then you know how much I love a good run and a good cookie. I may even go so far and say that I love a good run more than cookies which is total crazy talk since I will never turn down a cookie. So, when I got hit with the flu last month (again) I was not a happy camper. Usually the stubborn, obsessive, type-A voice inside my head will push me to continue my workouts, but this sickness was different.
Oh boy was this sickness different...
Finally, just four weeks later, I am back from the land of the living dead after the worst flu-season ever.
During those four weeks I exercised three times and continued to eat whatever I wanted. You guys, my body is not happy with me. Too much sugar (have you seen my last two posts? They were good ones, but definitely not easy on the sugar) and not enough greens. I'm back to my handfuls of chocolate covered peanuts for breakfast and lunch (because I have no time to eat real food) and chocolate bark brownies for dessert.
Usually, I eat and live a fairly balanced lifestyle. I eat loads of fruit and veggies, whole grains, and lean protein; but, I enjoy dessert after my little energizer bunny is fast asleep and I finally put my feet up for the first time in 16 hours.
This past month has not been balanced.
Since I already know how to eat super healthy for breakfast, lunch and dinner, my obvious weakness is snacking. Especially when life gets in the way and prevents me from actually eating a real breakfast or lunch.
It's not as easy as it seems. I am a mom, wife, full-time blogger (this is a real 40+ hour/week thing) and self-admitted exercise addict (when I have the time). My days are spent running errands, cleaning, chasing after my child, cooking, photographing, editing, writing and managing a home so that my family can live a semi-organized life. Oh, and I try to work out once a day (because it keeps me sane).
I don't sit to eat my food. Until dinner time, that is. Dinner time is sacred time for me and my family. But, I digress.
To break my unhealthy snacking habits, I need to have healthy, easy, yummy and PORTABLE snacks ready to go at all times. So that I never forget what healthy snack options are out there, I've made a list (and even photographed some of them).
I'm a visual learner, after all :)
Healthy Snacks to Curb Cravings
Vita Tops Muffin Tops | These made the top of the list because they are perfect for all those times that I find myself reaching for chunks of chocolate or leftover brownies at 7am. These little muffin tops are seriously delicious and super fudgy. Made from clean and simple ingredients and between just 100-150 calories each, they offer a wide range of health benefits (like protein and fiber!) Found in the frozen section at my local Target store, each muffin top comes individually wrapped, making them a breeze to pack away for an easy snack or sweet and healthy treat. You don't believe me? Grab a $1.00-off coupon and give them a try.
Trail Mix | Seriously, go nutty! Mix in all your favorite nuts, seeds or dried fruit. Use caution, however; many dried fruits have added sugar aaaaand too much of a good thing isn't always a good thing.
Cheese and Turkey Roll-ups | You can also roll leftover sliced chicken breast in deli-sliced cheese. A fantastic way to boost your protein intake and stay full longer.
Hard-boiled eggs | Prep a whole batch on Sunday night and munch on these the rest of the week.
Hummus with Veggie Sticks | You can never go wrong with veggies and hummus. Toss a few tablespoons of hummus in a small mason jar and the veggies in a plastic bag and you're good to go!
Fruit | Really, you can't go wrong with a classic piece of fruit. Plus, summer is coming! Oh the watermelon!!!
Tomato and Cheese Skewers | Keep life simple and just chop up some cheese sticks. Pack some in your kids' lunchbox and set a few aside for yourself.
Edamame | Two words- protein and fiber.
Yogurt Parfaits with Fruit and Granola | The key here is portion size and purchasing plain yogurt. Also, granola, watch out for some of the store bought granola sugar traps (you can try my naturally sweetened granola).
Smoothies: Pack in the fruit, sneak in those veggies, add some unsweetened yogurt and you're all set.
Don't mind if I do...
VitaTops come in a variety of flavors including: Deep Chocolate, Wild Blueberry, Superfood CranBran, Chocolate Lovers Protein Peanut Butter Chip and Protein Banana Chocolate Chip.
I found my VitaTopDeep Chocolate at Target (sadly, they were all sold out of the Blueberry). You can find yours at your nearest Publix, Kroger, Stop & Shop, Shop-Rite or Target locations or locate your nearest VitaTop carrier here.
And, since saving money is awesome, grab a $1.00-off coupon for your very own box of VitaTops muffins to try out.