Snacks To Keep On Track

October 10, 2017, by Carrie






Hi there! This is Carrie from A Stylish Fit. I’m thrilled to be contributing with a Tasty Tuesday post today. True confession, for my original post I had a Paleo pumpkin treat to share. I was thrilled to have all the ingredients and was ready to whip up some pumpkin goodness but I have been struggling a lot lately with my eating. I’m way off track with eating the wrong things and it has been working bad magic on my body. So I made a quick change and decided to help both you and me get on track with good eating in the snack department. 



My husband affectionately says I eat every two hours. I tell him that is not true but we both know it is. That is not necessarily a bad thing, but I’ve replaced my good choices of food with too much bread and sweets. I have quit eating lunch and replaced that meal with a protein shake. All those things {plus more I don’t really want to confess} have my body really confused. Thankfully, I figured it out and faced the truth of what I know to be true. It all became crystal clear the other evening when I had a salad for dinner. My body was rejoicing with something green and real. Lightbulb on and mission impossible {actually possible} began.

Enough confession! I want to share some simple tips and tricks to keep you on track when the hunger bug strikes. Hopefully, these ideas will having you reaching for something your body needs to fuel it on the daily. Be sure to make all the way down to Tip #5 for something magical....

TIP #1 
Make time to prep your food before the start of a work or school week. You’ll be so glad you did when your time gets crunched.Things such as meal planning, grocery shopping, washing/chopping fruits and veggies,etc. can save time during when the crunch is on. Here's some things I have on hand and try to clean or prep in advance. On Saturday, I had some time to began to prep by washing, cutting, dividing into portions, etc.



 TIP #2
Make sure to have fruits and veggies that can be easy finger foods. Buy what you can already cut up or set aside time to do it yourself. This will help for snacks but make a salad easy and quick to construct. 


 TIP #3

Plan your snacks so you’re not eating the same thing every day. When you bored you’ll crave other things. Your body needs a variety of foods every day. The examples below are all a mix of veggies, proteins, carbs and fats. Mixing these together will give your body more satisfaction instead of one food group. 









TIP #4
Watch your portions. It’s super easy to overeat in our culture of super size. I use the the portion control containers by Beachbody to measure my food. Measuring cups work the same. I've included a reference guide in the picture below that is super helpful.

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Here's some examples of one cup of fruit. Mix the fruit in the yogurt, add some cinnamon and nuts and that is a perfect afternoon pick-me-up snack when your sugar levels are dropping and you want a snickers.  
Eat this so.... 
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This doesn't happen!

TIP #5 
Make sure to reward yourself and try something "magical" like these Magical Paleo Pumpkin Crumble Bars. These have some healthy ingredients and will satisfy a sweet tooth while enjoying the best flavor of the season. You can still eat and snack healthy while not overdoing it! 


 Magical Paleo Pumpkin Crumble Bars, paleo and low carb

By the way, some things that I try to keep on hand for snacks are:

Olives
Figs
Dates
Almonds
Cashews
Walnuts
Pecans
Apples
Grapes
Berries (low in sugar) 
Eggs (hard-boiled are always in the fridge)

Happy eating and snacking Blended Blog friends. Can't wait to see what you link up today! 

Have the best day!
Carrie 

 

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