Friday, August 1, 2014

Why Should I Pre Plan My Snacks??

We all struggle with finding the time to pack our healthy snacks everyday. Sometimes the day gets away from you and before you know if you are grabbing for whatever is in front you. This is especially true when you are a busy mom/dad or have a full time job. Well I certainly don't want you to have to resort to vending machines and drive thrus. Thar will derail your goals immediately!  There is a way to stay on track and eat healthy while on the go. I takes a little planning and commitment on your part. Here are some healthy snacks for you so that you can see exactly how I prep my weeks. I spend about an hour or two getting my recipes together, creating my meal plan, and then making my grocery list. After shopping, I then take a few hours each week baking grilled chicken for wraps, salads, main dishes, cooking meat for taco salads, or meatloaf cupcakes, or main dishes. Then I will cut up fruits and veggies and portioning it into baggies along with nuts and hummus to make a complete snack. The key to sustaining your energy and blood sugar all day long is to pair healthy complex carbs (fruits and veggies) with a protein (nuts, hummus, avocados, cottage cheese) at each meal. This prevents the crash in blood sugar which can lead to binge eating!

I usually start out writing everything down on paper. Its gets pretty messy - but I rework it until i have the appropriate calories portioned out each day. Then I will transfer it to an excel chart so I can actually read it. From there the grocery list is made. Many of my recipes I get from the gracious pantry  or clean eating magazine. Then I hit up the grocery store with my list. 

I have included a list of some healthy snack ideas for you to use!
1 cup of grapes and 1 low fat string cheese.
1 cup of strawberries, i cup of raspberries and a 1/4 cup of raw unsalted cashews
10 baby carrots and 1 cup cut celery and 1/4 cup hummus.
1 slice of Ezekiel bread with 1 tbsp all natural pb (look at the label it should say dry roasted peanuts only) or almond butter, or sunflower seed butter and 1 tbsp raisins on top
1 cup plain greek yogurt, 1 orange cut up with 1 tbsp almonds. You can add a tiny bit of honey or agave nectar or a little cinnamon.
3/4 cup cottage cheese and a 1 cup of fresh berries.
1 banana with 1 tbsp all natural nut butter rolled oats ontop
1 apple with 1 tbsp nut butter or a 1/4 of raw unsalted almonds.

Oh and of course my favorite meal of the day....SHAKEOLOGY! It's either a meal or a snack each day! Quick and easy, no thought required! Just blend and Go!

If you ever need help with meal planning please email me and I'd love to sit down with you and come up with some healthy alternatives! This is my passion and I love helping other people!

Everything begins with a small step....take yours today