Packing a lunch everyday can be tasking, trust me. You go to the grocery store on Sunday feeling empowered that you’re going to be so healthy and buy the skinniest snacks & foods possible. And then you end up at home getting ready to pack your lunch for Monday and you’re probably thinking one of two things: all I bought is fruit, lettuce, and almonds, and I’m literally going to pass out from starvation by 1:00PM OR this bag of Pirate’s Booty is supposed to last me all week, but I’m going to eat the entirety of it while Netflixing it up tonight. I swear you guys, this was me every week so know that you aren’t alone.
Since November of last year, I have been on a fairly strict diet and workout plan thanks to my trainer and long-time friend, Andre Walkine. I will be doing a whole post on this so I won’t go into crazy detail right now. But I have been packing a lunch almost everyday for the past year which has forced me to great creative to hit my protein, carb, and fat count for the day. Andre has a whole body guide he created which has also helped me with my meal-planning. Also to note, I am a HUGE snacker. I am constantly eating all day long. Just another reason why I’ve had to get creative.
I try to go as natural with my food as possible. Pre-packaged fake food gives me the heeby-jeebies because I have no idea what I’m actually eating! Unless there are 5 ingredients or less on the packaging, I try to avoid it as much as possible. Just because a box is labeled “skinny” does not mean it’s healthy. Don’t get me wrong, I am a human being and sometimes I absolutely have to have a pint of Ben & Jerry’s Half Baked Froyo or a sleeve or Oreos. But whole natural foods are the best thing for your body and you’ll end up feeling better too.
Here’s my current top 5 cleanest, healthiest, and easiest snacks ever that really help keep my body in check.
(I’ve even put them in order of consumption throughout my day so you know I’m not BSing you.)
1) FAGE Total 0% (with a bit of natural honey)
You guys know that I am a picky person. Since yogurt is not one of my favorite things of all time, that makes me extra picky. FAGE is the one Greek yogurt that I really enjoy. I eat a little 6 oz. cup of this every morning almost on the dot at 10:00AM, roughly two hours after I’ve finished my morning smoothie. Because it’s a little tart for me, I do add some organic honey. I do NOT buy the FAGE with the honey included though. It’s too big of a serving size and I’m just tempted to eat all of it. A few drizzles is all you need. One serving of the yogurt has 0 grams of fat, 7 grams of carbs, and 18 grams of protein.
We had a fantastic blueberry season this summer since it was unimaginably hot outside. The hotter the weather, the better the blueberry harvest. I know this because I grew up having a giant blueberry patch in my yard, which I miss dearly. I usually will eat half a cup of blueberries about 30 minutes before my lunch so that I don’t inhale my food like a vacuum cleaner. We all have our flaws. I’m working on it. The fiber helps keep me satiated. Also, do not buy fresh blueberries in winter. They are extremely overpriced and very sour. Buy frozen. It’s like nature’s popsicle.
I recently found these at Target and I’m never not buying these. If you like coconut, but you’re not necessarily a fan of the actual coconut texture, go get these ASAP. The ingredient list is as follows: coconuts, cane sugar, sea salt. None of those crazy chemicals or anything, which I am loving. I like having ¼ cup about 30 minutes after my lunch as a little dessert treat. A full serving is ½ cup, but I think ¼ cup is the perfect amount.
4) Cottage Cheese
If you don’t have a problem with weird textures, this is an amazing snack packed with protein. If you do have a problem with textures, you should probably suck it up because it’s such a good snack. I’m kidding, but really this is a superfood in my opinion. One cup of small curd packs 10 grams of fat, 8 grams of carbs, and 25 grams of protein. This is so necessary for me everyday because I have a lot of protein I need to consume. Being a pescatarian makes it more of a challenge for me to get the amount I need, and this snack majorly helps me get my protein in for the day. I usually eat a cup around 2:30 PM. If you want to slim down, get your protein in!
5) Van’s Protein Waffle topped with Justin’s Peanut Butter with Honey
This is my go-to pre workout snack. I don’t like to eat anything heavy before, but I wanted something with some nutritional value that would keep me satisfied. I tried Quest bars for a while, but they’re filled with so many chemicals and they would make me feel so bloated and nasty. I saw these Van’s Protein Waffles at Publix and figured I’d give them a try, and they have been perfect. Instead of having two full waffles, I toast one and smear it with a tablespoon of my most recent fav, Justin’s Peanut Butter with Honey. It gives me just enough protein to keep me satisfied and the carbs give me a good energy boost.
What are some of your favorite healthy snacks? I still have to be creative from time to time and I would love to experiment with something new! Let me know in the comments below!
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