Bringing a Snack is the New Black

The number one reason why I love to snack is because it helps me lose weight. Yep, snacking and eating throughout the day helps me lose weight in the long run. Eating small and frequent meals/snacks throughout the day means that you won’t be ravenous in between your meals, and you will be way less likely to stuff face with high-calorie or high in sugary foods.

Have you ever been out and about or busy during the day and when you realize that you are STARVING, Β away from home (or any healthy snacks) but *luckily there is a McDonald’s right down the road? Oh yeah, me neither… Hey, no one is perfect.

 

I find that when I intentionally plan and prepare snacks for the day, I am much more successful at sticking to my health goals. Sometimes it isn’t easy, and on the days/weeks that I don’t have snacks ready I stray from my goals very easily (I’m hungry and want food ASAP).

 

When you’re planning snacks and meals remember to not completely restrict food groups. The second that you tell yourself that something is “off limits” you are setting yourself up for failure- we are all rule breakers at heart πŸ˜‰ Instead, learn and train yourself to eat in moderation. Life is just so much more enjoyable (and less stressful!) when you know that you can eat something that you love. If you can master how to eat in moderation, I promise that you will be able to lose weight and maintain your weight successfully.

My favorite snacks are snacks that don’t require a ton of prep. When I was working full time and going to school I really needed to have snacks that I could just grab and go! Life is busy enough as it is, so don’t overburden yourself by planning snacks that require you to spend a ton of extra time in the kitchen.

Here are some of my go to snacks:

  • Sliced bell pepper
  • Nuts (Almonds and Pecans are the best πŸ™‚ )
  • Strawberries
  • Banana
  • Cottage Cheese
  • Hard boiled eggs
  • Whole wheat bread with nut butter
  • Smoothies (Cleo’s Shake is so easy!)
  • Oatmeal
  • Sliced cucumbers with sliced turkey
  • Cereal and almond milk (or low fat milk)
  • Granola (I love to make my own- HERE is the recipe that I made this week)

In high school, I used to make my own “100 Calorie” packs which I loved! I would grab snack bags and put non-perishable food in each one (pretzels, gold fish and Oreos… like I said not limiting food groups is more sustainable) and I would keep them in my car. Instead of hitting the vending machine, I would just grab a pack from my car. It was so convenient, healthier and way less expensive that the pre-made 100 calorie packs and the vending machine.

My last tips are to make sure that you keep track of your calories in your snacks. Healthy snacks that are full of calories can hinder your weight loss goals. And make sure that you are drinking water throughout the day- this will also help keep you from getting too hungry πŸ™‚

Also… THESE TWO!!! So cute.

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