I am on week 4 of this new fitness/healthy lifestyle journey. As great as working out has been, I think the part I love the most is eating healthier. I’m not on a diet, I am just making better choices and paying closer attention to portion control. It is helping me so much. Of course sometimes it’s good to indulge. We all need that. But last year, I was indulging way too often to the point where it was just making me feel sick and crappy. I can honestly say that my body is feeling completely different and I am seeing small improvements with my skin. I can’t say 100% that it’s related, but once I increased my water intake and let go of the bad stuff, certain areas started to clear up. I pray that it continues! I also stopped drinking alcohol ever since NYE. I never drank a lot of it, but I did enjoy a glass or two of wine on the weekends. I am doing my best to only have a drink on special occasions or a night out with the girls, since we don’t get those too often.
I’ve gotten some questions about the foods that I have been eating, especially when it comes to snacks throughout the day. I thought that maybe I could start incorporating some food posts on here with some of my favorite snacks and dishes. I am honestly just testing out the water with this post, so I would love some feedback if this is something you would want to see more of with recipes included!
Plain Non-Fat Greek Yogurt With Banana, Almonds & Cinnamon
Let me start by saying that I follow the 21 day fix container system, which basically reminds me every day how much I need of protein, fruit, healthy fats, carbs, veggies, etc. This is also how I measure my food to ensure I am giving myself the right amounts. My snacks will vary throughout the day depending on what I need to still give my body. Greek Yogurt is a great source of protein, but I’ve learned it’s best to get the plain non-fat and add in my own things (in moderation) as the flavored yogurts tend to be packed with sugar. Up until this week I was buying Chobani, but I recently discovered Trader Joe’s greek yogurt and think I love theirs more! I do 3/4 cup of yogurt(protein), 1/2 banana sliced(fruit), 10-12 almonds(healthy fat) and cinnamon for extra flavor. I don’t eat this every day, but it always serves as a great midday snack.
Plain Non-Fat Greek Yogurt With Granola, Blueberries, Strawberries & Cinnamon
This usually helps me curve any sweet cravings that I have and it’s such a great alternative to ice cream, candy or cookies. When I posted this on instagram someone said that this looked like it had a lot of sugar. It actually doesn’t! I use Bear Naked granola which only has 4g of sugar per serving and 3/4 cup of this yogurt has 4.5. Some granola can be jam packed with sugar though so you definitely have to be careful of the kind that you get. The rest of the sugar is all natural and comes from the fruit. This always leaves me full and satisfied! So for this I do 3/4 cup yogurt (protein), 1/4 cup granola (carb), 2-3 sliced strawberries(fruit), 1/4 cup blueberries(fruit), and cinnamon again for extra flavor.
There are so many different ways to make these, but these are two of my current faves! Just always remember everything in moderation. Like I said, the container system helps me with measuring out the right portions. I probably eat yogurt bowls 1-2x a week. Definitely one of my favorite healthy eats! Let me know if you found this helpful at all and if you would like to see more of these kinds of posts in the future.