Sunday, May 05, 2013
I love to snack. Growing up my mom practically banned all sweet treats but that just made me want them more. I hid them in my room and secretly scoffed up reese's peanut butter cups and m&ms when nobody was looking. It was brutal on my blood sugar but I never gained weight because I was very active in sports. The trouble is, I never learned to control my cravings. Now that I am a mom and can't simply head off to the gym when I want, I absolutely must control my weight by controlling my diet. With swim season looming I've tried controlling myself more but so far I am just doing ok. In an effort to get back on track I thought I would start this blog with a brainstorm of healthy snacks because as I have learned, planning really does help form a new habit.
My criteria? Snacks need to be dairy-free or pretty darn close to dairy-free. I'm mildly lactose intolerant so I can have butter or the occasional slice of pizza but a glass of milk or cup of yogurt will turn my stomach on its side. They must also be low in sugar, chocolate free (I'm nursing and my little one can't handle it), and generally as nutritious as possible. Lots of protein is also good but not totally necessary for every snack. So here it goes.
-1 apple & 6 almonds
-Triscuits & hummus
-2 Slices deli turkey
-blueberries (low calorie!)
-jerk chicken salad from WF market (soo yummy!)
-soft boiled egg
-wild salmon mixed w/ oov & mustard on whole grain toast
-pear & 6 walnuts
I guess that is a good start but just to drive home the point of how awful some of my "snack" choices have been, let me put it right out there for all to see. Maybe that will motivate me to dump them for good.
-peanut butter cups
-tortilla chips and guak or salsa (guak & salsa good - chips no)
-muffin & butter
-coconut ice cream
-huge handful of salty mixed nuts (salt-free raw nuts in moderation would be sooo much better)
I could go on but you get the picture. I need fewer simple carbs, more resolve, and shots of protein in non-candy bar form...that is if i'm ever going to make into a bathing suit this year. All ideas are welcome!