So I was gearing up this week to blog that my weight-loss honeymoon is over…I mean…it’s been over 3 weeks since I last lost (not gained, not maintained)…but then I stepped on the scale this morning and was ohsohappy! I’m not gonna lie…it was a TOUGH week for me. I was just feeling down and out – not quite myself – fighting headaches and tummy aches – and just overall BLAH. I took an extra day off in my fitness schedule, and ate a few more than normal snacks, but am headed back in the right direction!
Nom. Nom. Nom. Healthy Snacks!
I love reading Iowa Girl Eats – and while perusing her blog, I came across THIS INTERVIEW she gave in Jan. 2010 for Juice Magazine. I am re-posting her answers about snacks (including chocolate!) in order to share with you…as a lot of her ideas are in sync with what I do! See below.
1. What are some quick & easy snack ideas?
There are a TON of pre-packaged snacks on the market these days. Bars of this, cups of that. Take a look at some of their ingredient lists though, because I bet you weren’t planning on having partially hydrogenated palm kernel oil or partially defatted peanut flour – two ingredients found in a popular snack bar – as part of your 2 pm pick me up! When it comes to snacks, whole, minimally processed foods are going to give you the most bang for your buck. Give one of these ideas a whirl!
- Piece of fruit (apple, orange, banana, pear) and a 100 calorie pack of almonds
- Fat-free yogurt with a banana for dunking
- Peanut butter* and carrots, apple slices, or celery sticks
- Ants on a Log (peanut butter, celery & raisins)
- 1/2 cup fat-free cottage cheese with 1/2 cup pineapple chunks
- 1 cup fat-free cottage cheese with a dash of cinnamon
- Low-fat string cheese with apple slices
- 12 oz non-fat latte
- Hummus and veggies
- 2 slices of 100% whole wheat cinnamon raisin bread
- Any variety of Larabar or PURE Bar
*Peanut butter labels should read “peanuts” or “peanuts, salt” – most commercial peanut butters have added sugar, oils & preservatives
2. I’m trying to learn how to eat healthier, but still crave chocolate! What can I have to satisfy my cravings, but not derail my diet?
Here are some great alternatives to keep you from diving for a Snickers bar!
- 1 packet of sugar-free hot chocolate mix prepared with skim milk, soy or almond milk
- 100 calorie pack of cocoa roasted almonds
- Any chocolate variety of Larabar
- Chocolate Brownie PURE Bar (found at Campbell’s nutrition)
- An orange or clementine dipped in 1 Tablespoon melted chocolate chips
- Skinny Cow Ice Cream Sandwich
- Chocolate covered raisins or almonds (watch portion size!)
- 1 cup chocolate skim milk, soy or almond milk
- CHOCOLATE – sometimes you’ve got to throw the “rule book” out the window and indulge. Life is short –chocolate is delicious!
I hope you have enjoyed my snack session! Until next week…
WEEK 7 LEAN REVIEW:
Cycle – 4.12 Miles – 26:03 Minutes (Around the neighborhood)
Run – 4.03 Miles – 40:02 Minutes
Elliptical – Workout #1 – 30 Minutes
Run – 2 miles – 17:40 Minutes (I aimed for 2 sub-9-minute miles!)
What is your favorite afternoon snack?