Weekend… why does it feel like I wait all week for you to come and then before the blink of an eye you’re gone?! If only weekends were Monday through Friday and work weeks were Saturday and Sunday… oh a girl can dream right!?
Snapping back into reality (shucks, I know!), I thought what a perfect time to chat about some super simple snacks combos to consider during the week. Plus, its National Nutrition Month, and it wouldn’t be right if I didn’t highlight all the wonderful options out there to help you Bite Into a Healthy Lifestyle #NNM2015!
I had the privilege this past week to speak to 800 young women about the importance of nutrition and promoting positive body image messages to lead a healthy lifestyle. This was such a rewording experience for me and truly was one of the biggest A-HA moments in my career thus far. One of the questions that came up is how to balance your meals and snacks to make them filling yet satisfying.
GREAT QUESTION! Most people have these same thoughts surrounding preparing their meals and snacks but become so overwhelmed with all the “advice” out there they end up hitting the vending machine instead of bringing their own. I’m here to tell you FRET no more, Simple Swaps has some easy tips to share with you on how to find the right balance of protein, carbohydrates and fats to carry you through even your toughest days. Sneak Peak…
When planning out your day’s snacks, try to always focus on PAIRING your food groups. What do I mean? Take a look at this super simple formula that I promise you is fool-proof and when practiced with portion control will be your ticket to nixing the vending machine for good!
Sample Formula for Snacks:
- Food Group #1-CARB + Food Group #2-FAT = Snack #1
- Whole Grain Toast + 1 TBSP Almond Butter = 150 kcals (medium snack)
- Food Group #1-CARB + Food Group #2-Protein = Snack #2
- 1/4 cup dried fruit + 1 oz almonds = 250 kcals (medium-large snack)
- Food Group #1-Protein + Food Group #2-Fat = Snack #3
- 6 oz Greek Yogurt + 1 tbsp. chopped walnuts = 150 kcals (medium snack, high protein)
- Food Group #1-Protein + Food Group #2-CARB = Snack #4
- 1 oz cheese + 8 whole grain crackers = 200 kcals (medium-large snack)
Honestly guys, your options are ENDLESS when it comes to pairing your food groups to make the perfect combination to leave you feeling full and satisfied. You can find many more ideas here as well! If you’re in need of a heartier snack option or a great on the go breakfast, check out this super simple Protein Packed Toast I whipped up today.
- ½ cup skim cottage cheese
- 2 slices whole wheat toast
- ¼ tsp cinnamon
- 1 package sweetener of choice (Splenda used)
- Mix cottage cheese with sugar and cinnamon.
- Toast bread and top with protein packed goodness!