One of my lifestyle changes for the year has been to make my life more health centered. I feel better when I am eating well and exercising often. Yes, it takes a LOT of time, but I think it is completely worth it. I know I talk about Tone It Up a lot, but I really appreciate the way the trainers take time to encourage their followers. They make fitness plans each week that can be easily incorporated into any lifestyle. The community that comes with being a follower is also really great, everyone is always encouraging each other to keep up their hard work and continue to work toward their goals.
I get really hungry throughout the day, so snacking is a must for me. I need a little something to help me get through the day, especially when I’m exercising as much as I am on a regular basis. Plus, I just really, really enjoy food!
Almonds, or really any nut, make a great snack because they are full of all kinds of nutrients you need and you can easily throw them in a zip lock bag and put them in your purse for when you need a little pick me up.
2. Granola Bars
I really like to have a granola bar with me at all times because I never know when I’m going to be out and about and start feeling hungry. A granola bar is enough to tide you over until you can get home and eat your next meal. Having one on hand also keeps me from making bad decisions when I’m passing a fast food restaurant.
3. Deli Meat
I know Paleo is a huge thing right now, and I’m definitely not Paleo, but a light meat really does make for a great snack. I like to roll up pieces of ham or turkey and put either cream cheese or hummus inside. So good!
Sometimes when you think you’re hungry, it’s really just your body trying to tell you it’s thirsty. Drinking lots of water helps with digestion and also keeps you from eating too much.
5. Apples and Peanut Butter
Probably one of my favorite snacks of all time. Really, it’s so good. I also sometimes sprinkle a few oats on top for a little extra texture. It is really filling and the perfect mix of crunchy sweetness.
6. String Cheese
String cheese is super easy to pack up and carry around. I prefer cheddar or jack cheese, so I will usually buy a big bag and keep it in my fridge for when I need something extra to add to my lunch. They also come in small rectangles that you can eat if the stick/cylinder shape makes you uncomfortable.
Grapes are so good. I really like to freeze them and have them as a late afternoon snack. It’s almost like I’m eating candy, but it’s grapes!
There are so many good things about yogurt. I like it because one little container doesn’t have very many calories and the sweetness is usually just what I need. I have a HUGE sweet tooth, and sometimes I get a craving for something sweet and yogurt really curbs that craving.
Eating healthy is so important to any fitness goal. Sure, it takes a little bit more time, but you absolutely reap the benefits very quickly as you see yourself getting closer to attaining the goals you set out for yourself.