Healthy Snacking

I’ve talked about it before in past posts but I will mention it again, I love living a healthy lifestyle! This past year I have lost 55lbs and that is L A R G E L Y due to changing my diet. I of course also incorporated workouts into my daily routine but that’s for another post!

Today I want to talk to you about snacking. I’ve always been a snacker, reaching for not so great options led, in part, to my weight gain. By cutting out the junk and replacing it with nutritious and filling options, the weight fell off! Not only was I losing weight but my energy levels stayed up, I slept better, and my overall happiness and mood changed for the better. I know many are like me and want to snack during the day, especially if you are a busy mom! Let me share what I reach for when I want a snack:

I recently discovered Power Up on Instagram and was intrigued. They were kind enough to send me a few samples of their delicious trail mix and I was so impressed! My husband has even managed to finish off a bag by himself. They have so many varieties and the best part is they are made from all natural ingredients, gluten free, and even Vegan!

It has taken me a while to find a yogurt that I will consistently buy and eat on a regular basis that is also healthy. Once I tried Oikos triple zero I never looked back. I like that it is low in sugar and high in protein. I top mine with a little bit of granola and fresh fruit to make it a little more filling but it is also perfectly fine on it’s own. I prefer the vanilla flavor but will occasionally reach for the peach or strawberry options as well.

I am a CHEESE lover! The problem is cheese can be loaded with fat. These little individual cheese packages are perfect for me. I find that one is a perfect afternoon snack.

I have always been a big fruit lover. We have this basket of fruit filled with the best seasonal options. This is great because if I am looking for something quick it is easy to just grab an apple or an orange. In the summer we stock up on peaches and nectarines. I also eat grapefruit daily so we always have those on hand as well. If you are looking for a little more filling option I like to top rice cakes with peanut butter and bananas or dip apple slices in peanut butter.

As with all things, life is all about balance! Although I tend to eat healthy the majority of the time, it doesn’t mean I am perfect. I love ending each day with something sweet with my kids! Hope everyone is able to treat themselves this Thanksgiving!

Ideas for Snacking Healthy To Promote Weight Loss

Ideas for Snacking Healthy To Promote Weight Loss
Ideas for Snacking Healthy To Promote Weight Loss
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Breakfast Goals

Can we all agree that breakfast is life? I’m obsessed with this meal and it’s usually my largest meal of the day. I try to fill up on healthy carbs, protein, fiber, etc.

Since I shared on Instagram that I had started a weight loss/healthy lifestyle journey a year ago; I’ve had a few questions come my way about what my eating/workout routine looks like. I had previously shared how I get my day started in this post. Let’s start with the best meal of the day . . .

1. Van’s Protein Waffles– I eat one of these everyday, sometimes two a day. They make quick, healthy eating possible.  I like to top mine with almond butter and a half of a banana.

2. Peanut Butter Overnight Oats– I always thought I was one of those people that could only do hot oatmeal. I was wrong, this recipe is my LIFE, I have it memorized and basically eat this daily. I do change up the protein based on what I have on hand. I can tell you, just as good with chocolate or vanilla.

3. Half of a grapefruit- Need I say more? Seriously the best citrus and so good for you. I eat this daily, I really saw a boost in my metabolism once I started eating this and I crave this fruit now.

These are basically my go to’s because I’m busy and these are quick. I have other favorites too! See below quick round up. . .

  1. Pancakes
  2. Turkey bacon, about 4 slices
  3. Green smoothie with this protein

Share your breakfast favorites in the comments! Always open to ALL the breakfast ideas.

Morning Routine

I live a pretty crazy, busy, hectic many of you can relate to I’m sure. One thing that keeps me sane is routine!

I started trying to be healthier last January, around when my daughter turned 6 months old. I started slowly but have learned to love living a healthy lifestyle.

Last week on instastories I shared what I do every morning, to start my day.

  1. Workout. I wake up early with my kids. We are up for the day by 6:00 AM usually. Both my husband and I work full time from home so we take an hour to feed and get them dressed. He then gets them out the door to their daycare. While he is gone, I use this time to squeeze in a workout. I have about an hour where I can do this and I utilize it because I always feel better and less anxious after I work out.
  2. After my workout, I drink tbsp or apple cider vinegar. I also make it a point to finish a full bottle of water during my workout. Hydration is key to so much! The ACV really helps with digestion and helps to de-bloat. I’ve been doing this for about 8 months now and I have a love/hate relationship with it.
  3. Collagen/ protein/ coffee shake. I know there are a million variations of this protein shake out there but I just love it. So for mine, I do the following:
  • 1 cup of Starbucks cold brew or iced coffee
  • 1 scoop chocolate or vanilla protein
  • 1/2 a frozen banana
  • 1 scoop of collagen
  • 1/2 scoop of PB2
  • Splash of almond milk

Doing these few things is key to how I start my mornings. I also swear by Kombucha and usually have one a day, it’s slowly putting me into debt but YOLO. 

With Love,