Having a fruit packed smoothie an hour+ before your workout will give you lasting energy throughout even an intense 60 minute cardio session! I used to try all sorts - protein, energy gels, caffeine - but I've found that fruit (both fresh fruit ad/or a smoothie) give an energy boost like no other! Give it a try!
Sometimes I crave something cold…usually in the form of ice cream in a bowl. Popsicles are okay once in awhile….but now I buy a big bag of mixed frozen fruit…I put a portion in my bowl still frozen. Tastes delicious, fills me up especially if I add yogurt and it's all on my food plan….takes longer to eat too…melt in your mouth goodness!
Watermelon and other fruits can equal messy clean-up! Do you have memories of sticky juice running across counters, down cabinets, onto the floor? We use a laminate tray on the edge of the sink to collect the drips and peels while cutting fruit instead of using the bare counter top. Making fruit salad is much more enjoyable now!
Right when i began to feel a sweet tooth approaching I go straight to the fridge and grab a apple. A lot of the problem with eating bad and you know you shouldn't is because you sit there and keep thinking about it then your mind starts wondering around the kitchen seeing what you have that will trigger that urge to be intense. Instead of falling off the deep end get up right when you feel like you want something & grab you some fruit, Can't regret what you didn't do. GOOD LUCK!
I "vision collaged" my back of the door mirror, this way I "SEE" it all the time!!! Everyday, sometimes several times a day! Foods, Exercises, Physically fit bodies, places I want to go and things I want to do!! Anything that is something to strive for or look forward to I put it on the edge of that mirror. SO when I do that one last check in the mirror before I sweep out the door I know what I want in LIFE!!! EVerything I want to live for is there: Prayer, Familiy, Friends.Healthy Lifestyle!
Add slices of frozen fruit to your water for a better taste. I buy a bag of mixed fruit but you can add almost any fruit. Strawberries, watermelon, raspberries, etc. It taste better than some of those taste additives from the store, and you get your fruit serving! I will mix up to a cup of fruit into my days worth of water and drink throughout the day.
Forget the smoothie, it's great as an on-the-go bag of fruit and yogurt. Just grab a fork or dig in with your hands; there are a few varieties and it's only 70 calories per 1/2 cup serving. Although it's kept in the freezer, the fruit doesn't get rock solid, just very cold and refreshing! Perfect for hot days. Another plus - because it's frozen, there are no worries about it going bad.
I used to be a soda addict. Now, I prefer fresh juices and smoothies to anything else! They are so much healthier, frutier, and don't have any of the nasty sugar and acid from soda. I used to go to vending machines all the time, but now, I take it in insulated water bottles(that keep my smoothie COLD and don't even sweat on humid days!). They are the perfect size to carry around, and fit nicely in a backpack or purse(for the ladies)
Determined to stay off the couch in the evening after a long day and exercise, I found if I sit on the floor I end up doing all my Calisthenics, yoga poses and stretching, while hanging with hubby and enjoying our tv show.
I hear people complain about being tempted by their snack food. Here's a flash! No matter where you are in your journey, take a look at your stash of snacks. Purge that stash with healthy goodies. Focus on snack time at twice a day, three times max! Put fruit and veggies into the mix! Get rid of the bad stuff! It's really easy to do and it will become a healthy change to your lifestyle!
There's usually a reduced-price cart in the produce section of the market. The store puts vegetables on it that are close to the sale date, or have a blemish or two. It's a good way to save some money on vegetables.
Whenever i'm getting off track or even when i'm feeling a little bored I look over my old blogs. Almost all of them give me a more positive perspective or solutions to what I want to tweak or change. Should I not feel more empowered or motivated to a new direction then I hit some of my SP friends blogs.
whats helped me a lot is using the 1 ingredient rule. I try to stay clear of anything in the grocery store that contains more then one ingredient... I make everything at home myself from scratch and freeze extras if necessary. This keeps me from putting a lot of preservatives and extra sugars and salt. Saves me so much time not having to read every label as I go through and my meals turn out bright and colorful!!
Try going to bountifulbaskets.org and ordering a basket of fruits and veggies for cheap ($15.00). You never know what you're going to get, and I've tried tons of new veggies using it. Who knew my kids and I would love things like cabbage, kale and bok choy? While most of the foods are "normal" parts of our diet, we occasionally get something I've never bought, and it's been a definite healthy learning experience for all of us.
Puree a blend of your favorite fruit and berries in the food processor, then stick the result in the freezer for 2-3 hours for a healthy and refreshing snack or dessert with no fat, no salt, and minimal calories. Plus, get in at least 1 more serving of fruit! Some of my favorites are blueberry/lemon and pineapple/raspberry. PS It's a great healthy snack for the kids too!!
I love cereal, and I love big fat bowls of it (which can be multiple servings). To trick myself, I fill up a bowl with fruit-- bananas, berries, kiwis, pineapple, whatever I have-- and then pour a measured serving or half-serving over the fruit. Looks like a HUGE full bowl, but isn't! Top off with unsweetened almond milk at 35 calories to be EXTRA GOOD :) (or skip milk and use low-fat yogurt instead). Yum!
Doing something fun will keep you motivated, especially when you get results!
Cut up bananas, throw into a food processor and run it for a minute. Add strawberries, throw them into the food processor with the mashed up bananas, and run it again for another minute or two. Toss it into the freezer and an hour or so later - replacement "ice cream!" MUCH healthier for you and in my opinion, just as delicious! It makes 4 1/2 cup servings and only has 67 calories per serving!!
I love having whole grain crackers with cheese at work for lunch, but I can't be trusted to have a box of crackers in my house without eating the whole thing one night. So I stopped buying crackers and now use pears or apples instead. I bring a paring knife with me to work and smear the cheese right on the fruit pieces. Delicious, and it cuts way down on my temptation to binge on carbs.
Clemintines are my new favorite pre-workout snack! I'm one of those people who have to have a little something in the half-hour before I hit the gym. At 40 calories a pop this fresh and fruity little gem is the perfect portion of natural sugar and gives me a vitamin C boost that gets me through my workout. They're super easy to peel and seedless, so I don't need to worry about eating them on the go. I toss a couple in my purse every morning and up my fruit and veggie count for the day.