As soon as I come home from shopping, in one big go I tear/cut, wash, spin veggies like lectuce, onions and peppers and put into ziplock bags and then in the fridge. The same goes for messy fruits like melon and pineapple.
With all the fresh fruits and vegetables prepared and washed it`s so much easier to make a quick salad or get out a quick snack or dessert of fruit.
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I refuse to pay more for less. Those cute little individual packages of snacks for kids and other controlled portion needs are every where! They are bad for my budget and the environment. I just measure out 100 calorie servings or 1 serving size and store them in tiny reusable bowls with lids. The kids love to help and it might take me 20 minutes a month. It also helps to make sure i do not grab the whole box of cheese-its when watching a movie! 432
I also pre-cut celery, carrots and other fruits and veggies so they become a quick and covenant snack.
Providing myself with the right support is what really keeps me committed to a healthy lifestyle. What I find incredibly helpful is to make sure that I have plenty of snacks at home. when I am feeling the urge of desperate hunger or I am feeling emotional and go to food, if I dont have healthy items available quickly then I turn to junk.
I make a point of having prepared snacks (pre-cut veggies, pita and hummus, fresh fruit) and also prepackaged snack size food available in a moment's notice.
Some of my favorites: trader joe's semi-sweet mini chocolate bars, 100 calorie snack packs, a handful of almonds, the cutest little ice cream dish that forces me to serve myself a small but satisfying portion, and fresh red peppers sliced the day I bring them home!
Prepare your produce (wash, cut up, etc....) and place them in clear containers in the fridge. This makes it easier for preparing meals and finding healthy snacks when the fruit and veggies are all cut up and ready to eat.
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