Thursday, July 24, 2014

Healthier Snacks for a Healthier You!

On my weight loss journey I've had to rethink my snacking. In the past I've always gone towards the unhealthy snacks....cookies (Oreos are my favorite), chips, candy (Blow Pops and Rolos), soda. But when you are trying to lose weight those snacks don't cut it. So I had to start choosing healthier snacks for a healthier me.


These are some of the snacks that I choose on a regular basis!

FRUIT
You can never go wrong with fruit! I love it! And my body actually craves fruit now over sugary snacks. My favorites are strawberries, fresh pineapple, and fresh peaches. I do most of my fruit shopping (and veggie shopping) at a local farmer's market. The fruit tastes so much better and I love supporting the local farmers in my area.


Tip for buying fresh Pineapple! Cutting a whole pineapple is a lot of work and already cut up pineapple is expensive. A cheaper alternative is buying the pineapple core. The outside of the pineapple is already cut off. All you have to do is take the core out and cut up the pineapple yourself. The hardest part is already done for you! It's about $3 cheaper to do it this way.

GREEK YOGURT
This is like heaven in a cup! Yogurt is good for you anyway but when you choose Greek yogurt you get the extra protein in there. My favorite brand is Yoplait Greek 100 calorie cups. My favorite flavors are key lime, lemon, strawberry, strawberry cheesecake, and apple pie! And when you freeze them it's a whole other experience! So yummy!


STRING CHEESE
I don't eat nearly as much cheese as I used to. But every now and then I would like some. The regular string cheese that I buy has 70 calories in it. They also have low fat versions that probably have less calories.


APPLESAUCE
I know it's weird but I don't like apples. So that's one fruit I don't eat and never have...unless it was in a pie! But I've always loved applesauce! And my boys love it too. You can buy regular or natural applesauce. The natural has about 50 calories per serving and the regular has 90 calories per serving. We also like flavored applesauce like cinnamon and strawberry.


SPECIAL K CEREAL BARS
I love these cereal bars! The strawberry and blueberry ones are my favorite. There are only 90 calories in each bar. I eat these for breakfast sometimes, before runs, or as a snack.


PEANUT BUTTER CRACKERS
These are one of my favorite snacks! There's something about peanut butter on a cracker! This snack has 180 calories in it so I don't eat it every day. It is one of my treat snacks.


RAW VEGGIES
Raw broccoli, cauliflower, and cherry tomatoes (I know they're technically a fruit) are my favorites. Carrots are good too...my boys love them raw but I don't like carrots at all. My boys like to dip the veggies in ranch dressing but I like to eat them by themselves or dip them in hummus.

Sorry this picture isn't the best...I told you we loved our raw veggies! ;-)

HUMMUS
Hummus is an absolute treat around here! I love it but don't have it all the time because I could eat way more than the portion says lol! I used to dip crackers and pretzels in hummus but now I usually dip veggies.


So those are a few of the snacks I'm eating. I find different healthy snacks all the time! I love exploring all the foods that are better for my body than chips and cookies! :-)

Disclaimer: I am not a nutritionist, doctor, or expert in any way. I am simply sharing the things that have worked best for me and my weight loss experience. 

QOTD: What food is a staple in your refrigerator or pantry?

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