I hate that I am a such a “snacky” person. I will be on point all day and then the kids get in bed and I get me time, and BAM. Snack attack! I become so hungry. I work so hard all day just to throw it all out the window with a fatty snack. Luckily I made a list of my top 5 snacks to satisfy the urge without letting out the bulge.
Sliced cucumber and tomato with olive oil and feta cheese.- easy on the tummy but delightful on the pallet. Pretty simple recipe: literally cucumber, tomato, olive oil AND feta cheese. Choose 1/2 tomato, 1/2 cucumber and 1/4 cup of feta and a few table spoons of olive oil. No need to make a HUGE salad. Portion size still count.
1/2 cup of edamame. Edamame, is pretty much soy beans. They look like green beans but have a very different taste. They are great and high in protein and very tasty, but adding salt and eating it to no ends at your local sushi bar is a no no. They can be like nuts and have a high calorie count.
Apples and almond butter. I have already raved about the benefits of apples, but almond butter? This amazing and smooth buttery treat is actually heart healthy and sugar friendly. It helps maintain and even lower your blood sugar levels, it’s allergy friendly and a great alternative for the folk’s allergic to peanuts. And since this rich little nut is high in protein, fiber and monounsaturated fat they will help in cinching our waists!
Plain fat free greek yogurt, fruit and agave nectar…I love greek yogurt because its higher in protein than regular yogurt, and a great source of calcium, and can really help when trying to lose weight!
Bananas. First things first, it fights the blues!!! that’s right it helps fight depression. The tryptophan inside the banana turns into serotonin. And that is what makes us happy. It makes up for the calcium lost during urination, reduces stress and regulates blood sugar, which means no crazy PMS symptoms for us ladies. The list goes on, it helps reduce your chances of type 2 diabetes, helps strengthen that nervous symptom. Produces more white blood cells, high in iron which helps with anemia. And the B6 helps with weight loss.
Until about two years ago I was a smoothie gal. Smoothies were not only my go to meal, but a no brain-er meal and the surest way I was going to get my daily fruit and veggie intake. And then I came across something amazing, JUICING. A way to not only cleanse my body but energize it and keep it hydrated and healthy! Juicing is a form of getting the required vitamins and nutrients in a fruit or vegetable with out the extra pulp and skin.. Juicing is mostly done the day you will be consuming the liquid. Researchers say that the longer home made juice goes without drinking the more likely your juice will harbor bacteria and give you food poising. So when you juice, drink it fresh. I would never recommend living off of a juice diet, but I do believe in its benefits and feel as if it should be added to your regular diet. For more detailed info on juicing visit Dr. Oz’s website.
There is a wide variety of juicers and its best to do some research and find one that works with your budget and lifestyle. I personally picked up the Jack LaLanne’s Ultimate Juicer. It fell into my budget and has done the job! I can’t complain. You may find one that is easy to clean but it could also cost more. So it depends on you.
I love to experiment with juicing and try new recipes and new fruits and veggies to juice. You can really have fun creating tonics for specific needs such as: blemishes, glowing skin, hydration, metabolism boosters, stomach ache aids, cold and flu remedies and so much more!
Metabolism Boosting Juice:
1/2 Pomelo: high in Folic Acid, beta carotene, (extremely beneficial to pregnant mothers) lots of vitamins and healthy fats and flavonoids, antioxidants and enzymes. Helps prevent UTI’s, healthy heart and gums. As well as helping your body from becoming anemic. Wards off cold and flu, aids in weight loss and helps digestion and preventing cancer and osteoporosis.
1 whole Grapefruit: high in enzymes which enzymes which fight fat, prevents arthritis with its salicylic acid. It also can help aid in ailments and lower your cholesterol.
1 whole large Cucumber: Cucumbers are amazing, they’re light and high in Vitamin B which will give you boost and morning pick me up, 95 percent water so it will keep you hydrated but still get rid of those pesky toxins. Vitamin C which will keep that skin glowing. And can also help fight bad breath with its phytochemcials.
1 green Apple: high in fiber and low in calories this is your tummies bff. Helps keep your mouth clean and regulates your blood sugar.