Easy, Healthy Snacks

Four Easy Snack Ideas

I love to snack. You know how there are “diet experts” out there who brag about their meals holding you over for hours? I don’t want that. I’m all about small frequent meals, because once ten a.m. rolls around, I’m going to want to nosh on something whether I’m all that hungry or not. Know thyself.

There is a 95% chance that I will have to share my snack with a curious little toddler, so it needs to be fast, easy, and relatively healthy. Though we will split the occasional chocolate croissant at Starbucks.

Yogurt with granola – PLAIN yogurt, I love Fage or Trader Joes brand nonfat or 2%, with as natural a granola (or granola bar) as possible. Don’t put something loaded with sugar on something loaded with sugar.

Protein smoothie – notice I say smoothie, not shake. You will never catch me drinking powder and water unless I’m in a very deprived state. I like all of my meals to feel like a treat, snacks included. I have tried a variety of protein powders in the past few years, and the market is evolving daily. Some have been great, and some have been undrinkable. My two favorites are Tera’s Whey chocolate and Tone It Up vanilla, this one is sold at Target and half the cost of their Perfect Fit sold through their website. Speaking of Target, you can often subscribe and save to almost any item. Meaning, it will auto ship to you every four, six, eight, or whatever weeks and you’ll get free shipping and save at least five percent. Win. My two go to smoothie recipes are below, flexibility is key. Modify the milk, fruit, or protein powder to fit your dietary needs. Also, if you haven’t had a lot of greens that day, throw in an extra handful of spinach! You won’t taste it, I swear.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie
1 cup almond milk
1 (heaping) teaspoon peanut butter
1 scoop chocolate Tera’s Whey
1/2 frozen banana
handful spinach
blend on medium for a minute
top with Redi Whip for an extra treat

Mixed Berry Smoothie
1 cup almond milk
1 scoop Tone It Up vanilla
1/2 cup frozen berries
1 T ground flax seeds
handful spinach
blend on medium for a minute

You can prep these the evening before, put them in the freezer for a while, just make sure to place your smoothie in the fridge overnight to thaw!

Luna bars – Though any granola bar works as an on the go snack, I specifically like Luna bars for their protein and reasonable amount of sugar. Larabars are also great ingredient wise, but I don’t feel like they keep me full for very long. My favorite Luna bar flavor are Lemon Zest and Chocolate Peppermint.

An Americano with nuts – or nonfat latte, or soy latte, or coffee. Customize it for you. I love a tall Americano with light cream and cinnamon on top. This idea is good for when you’re out and forgot to eat, plus you can just roll through the drive through and pick it up. Starbucks sells a variety of nut packages, just stick to half a packet especially if they are covered in sugar! Their flavored ones are extra delicious for a reason!

Happy snacking!

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February Favorites

February Favorites

Welcome to my favorites this month! Remember this time last year when winter was already over? I am ready for winter to end any day now, here is what’s getting me through in the mean time.

Podcast

Unladylike – This is a new podcasts run by the former Stuff Mom Never Told You hosts. The SMNTY pod switched hosts maybe a year or so ago, and while I still enjoy it, I was very excited to see Unladylike while scrolling through the podcast list on iTunes. Though only a few episodes are available, I am excited to see where this goes!

Music Vibe

Spotify Classical Music Radio – One of my resolutions is to listen to more music. I heard somewhere that playing classical music in the background helps children focus on a task for a longer period of time. I am uncertain if it is true or not, but it does make laying on the floor and playing trains feel a little more elegant.

Beauty Product

Sheet Mask

Sheet masks – Specifically this one┬áis my favorite at the moment. I am admittedly a little late to the sheet mask love fest, as I never saw the appeal. After getting a couple of them for Christmas, my opinion has changed! Sheet masks are absolutely saturated with good for your skin ingredients and feel amazing. When using a new brand or set of active ingredients, leave the mask on no longer than the recommended time to avoid possible irritation.

 

Tip

Workout first thing in the morning. – Though there are many benefits to an early morning workout, I’ve only started following this long heard advice since the beginning of the year. Clint is down to one nap a day, which means my schedule and free time have been seriously thrown off course. I used to have the chance to workout, shower, and get myself ready during his morning nap, but now if that doesn’t happen first thing, it doesn’t happen. Some days I get a full 30+ minute workout in, some days it’s 15 or 20. Either way, it’s been effective enough to keep me in shape (increased metabolism!) and I honestly don’t feel tired from the earlier wake up call either.