If you’re like me, then you’re probably in panic mode right now realizing the weather is warming up and swim suit season is coming! For the most part, I try to eat as healthy as possible as well as staying active throughout the day. And like most individuals, I tend to slack on both of those during the winter, also known as the holiday season!
But now that spring has crept its way back to us, I find myself pushing myself a little harder during workouts and and trying my hardest to not indulge in the foods that make my cravings happy! With that said, I sometimes can feel myself feeling tired & low on energy. So I’ve put together some of my favorite “Power Snacks” that keep me satisfied throughout the day and prep me for my afternoon workout!
1. BANANAS & PEANUT BUTTER | These have been my favorite snack since the very first time I had them as a baby! They provide the perfect amount of sweetness, the good kind of sugar, and the all natural peanut butter provides protein to keep your energy up!
2. FRUIT SMOOTHIE | I prefer smoothies to juices because the fill me up more and give a lot more energy in my opinion. My go to right now is peaches, bananas, kale, spinach, chia seeds, and water and it tastes delicious!
3. BELL PEPPERS & HUMMUS | This is a quick last minute snack that I like to keep with me incase I didn’t have time to make the best lunch during my morning schedule. All you have to do to prep is slice the peppers, hummus containers come in travel sizes with makes my life a lot easier.
4. DARK CHOCOLATE ALMONDS | I think the biggest struggle a lot of people have when trying to eat healthy are the sweets cravings. This snack helps maintain those cravings with the dark chocolate, which is good for your heart when consumed in moderation!
5. AVOCADO TOAST | Another quick and easy snack that doesn’t require a lot of ingredients. Just sprinkle with pepper and it’s good to go!
Okay y’all….. so I fell of the clean eating and workout wagon HARD! While I continued to run almost every morning and do nightly yoga, that doesn’t really mean much when I’m consuming enough pizza rolls for 4 people, like twice a day. I’m lucky that I haven’t gained any weight (thank you lord for my metabolism), but that also means I haven’t been improving and I’m starting to feel sluggish. So we are not going to do that anymore, especially with it being beach season and a vacation right around the corner!
So to help some of you that are in the same boat as me, I decided to share a simple day diet so you can get an example of what my daily intake will be like from now on. While this will not be the everyday plan (that would get super boring, super fast and drive me right back to the pizza rolls) it’s a way for you to see how I’m balancing each meal for my day.
Now I’ve mentioned it before, but I’m really trying to keep to a healthy eating lifestyle (I’ve had a few slips… Pizza rolls get me every time.) Something that really keeps me full but is also satisfying are the smoothies I’ve been making!
My favorite one by far is the green apple! It is refreshing and very tasty! I’m not going to lie to you guys, if definitely takes some getting used to when you start drinking green shakes. But it’s a fabulous way to start the day and just get you moving!
I N G R E D I E N T S :
- 1/2 green apple
- 1/2 pear
- 1/2 banana
- Handful of spinach
- Handful of kale
- 1 tsp chai seeds
- Spritz of lime juice
\\ I added celery to this one and it was terrible… //
Alright people, January was all about getting my diet back on track and it has been a success! I have avoided fast food and sugary everything (except for Superbowl Sunday, that doesn’t count though, right?) and have been making sure to eat balanced meals everyday! It may sound like a stretch, but starting your morning with a healthy green shake really helps to make sure you stay strong throughout the entire day!
Now that I have my diet down, it’s time to set a workout routine for a “Fit February!!” So I went ahead and made a calendar to guide what I will be focusing on day-to-day for the month of February!
If you’re like me, when there is something to cross off on a list, you need to do it! Nothing makes me feel accomplished like crossing off everything I had planned on doing! So putting your workout on a calendar is a great way to make sure it gets done! What are some of your go to exercises to get ready for those summer days?
So I’m at that stage in my life wear I finally decided it’s time to focus are making better decisions when it comes to my overall health! You all most likely don’t know this about me, but for the majority of my life, I had the worst diet. I could literally survive off of pizza rolls…… Now the thought of them makes me sick, so let’s stop talking about them! Any who, I’m really trying to have a more healthy state of mind when it comes to food, exercise, and my surroundings! I’ve tried this on and off through college, but found it to be impossible living above Chickfila and Moe’s. But now I’m determined to make it work and yesterday was the first day & I’m pretty excited about! I felt so energized and clean, it was a great feeling! Here are some of the foods that I made and really enjoyed! Let me know if you have any favorite recipes that you think will help me stay on tract this time around!
First, I’m not a huge breakfast kind of person. I never have been and I probably never will be. However, I still like to have a little something so I’m not starving myself until lunch. I think yogurt is the best option if you are somebody like me. It’s quick, easy, and really light! Oikos Greek Vanilla Yogurt is my favorite. I added some granola for some crunch and protein and chopped up apples, blueberries, and honey for some extra flavor! So yummy!
For my afternoon snack I made my own ice-cream! First I chopped up strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries. I added them to half cup of skim milk. I then added in 2 tablespoons of sweetener and half a teaspoon of vanilla. Put all ingredients in a bag, add ice and 6 tablespoons of salt. Seal the bag and shake for about 5 minutes. The ice-cream will start to form and will be ready for you to enjoy! I prefer to go a little heavy on the fruit, it tastes like and extra thick smooth, but that’s just me!
I can’t really take credit for dinner, I was at my sister’s house babysitting my sweet niece Maren and they had some pasta they made for me! They usually eat pretty healthy, and my sister is very skilled at making delicious meals! The pasta was actually avocado past salad, and it was amazing! She also said that it was super easy to make so I will definitely be trying this out on my own in the near future!