Let’s talk about snacks

A LOT of you have pointed out that I don’t talk about what I eat enough. Sorry guys! I’m working on it! The problem with me talking about what I eat is I never find it too interesting but y’all seem to enjoy. I also eat the same thing everyday at the same time so it’s really nothing to me.

I eat the same thing for breakfast every morning because it can be made in advance and it’s just a grab and go situation.

Always oatmeal of some kind. I tend to do overnight oats because I can make it the night before. If you read the blog you know how much I love to experiment with the oatmeal!

And there’s always an egg white muffin too! Good thing Shay asked about my eats because I got to show the picture of the perfect egg muffin Willie made me this morning! Sometimes if we have extra stuff left over in the fridge we’ll have pancakes instead of oatmeal.

Willie's Healthy Choice

For lunch, I do eat Healthy Choice Steamer meals or leftovers from the night before. I also have a veggie side, apple and yogurt everyday! I kid you not, I eat those things every day…for convenience. Some people complain about the sodium content of these meals but I find the steamer meals have a lower sodium content than MOST frozen meals. It works for us. We still lost the weight by eating one of these things every day of our weight loss journey and still do. Willie enjoys the chicken pot pie meal and I love orange zest chicken and kung pao chicken.

That's a lot of yogurt! #heathy #eating #food #getfit
Now here is the part your really want to know! I eat all day long. I have breakfast, sometimes a morning snack, lunch, snack, dinner and snack. I drink a butt load of water and tea all day long. For snacks we have yogurt! We eat a lot of yogurt in our house. My favorite in the Carbmaster from Kroger because it seems to be low in sugar. Most yogurts are very high in sugar. I also do a lot of snacking on fruits: grapes, strawberries, oranges, apples…or whatever is in season. The best thing to do is keep this stuff on the counter in a fruit bowl so when you go looking for a snack it’s already out.

We are also a huge sucker for hummus! Two tablespoons of hummus is usually about 60 calories and low if fat content, but it’s a good fat. Some people don’t like hummus but we love it! Willie eats his hummus straight but I like it as a dip. I dip veggies in it like carrots, cucumbers and zucchini. I also love nut butter too but I don’t have two tablespoons of it. It’s high in protein and fat which is good after a gym workout. Keep the veggies cut and in the fridge so it’s ready to go when you are ready. This keeps me from wanting to snack on refined carbs: pretzels and crackers.

Quest bar
Before I head to the gym, I have a bar of some type. Bars are expensive but convenient. I have two favs when it comes to bars: Luna Bars and Quest Bars. I typically don’t eat the quest bars before a workout because I’m looking for energy and I feel a quest bar is for recovery due to the protein punch. Quest bars are low carb and gluten free, if that matters to you. FYI: Chocolate chip cookie dough is to DIE for. It’s my fav! Most days I’m eating a Luna Bar before heading to the gym. No bar is going to be perfect nutrition for Fooducate rates Luna Bars pretty high in the bar category. I love Peanut Butter pretzel, chocolate chunk brownie, chocolate peppermint stick and ice oatmeal raisin. Confession: I do use the bars to get my chocolate fix and not feel bad about it! These bars are typically between 170 – 200 calories. Willie enjoys Odawalla and Clif Bars.

I wish I had something more exotic to share with you about my snacks but this is how I roll. Sometimes we’ll make a banana bread or pumpkin bread for a snack but we don’t like to keep too much of that stuff in the house no matter how healthy/unhealthy it is. Overindulgence in those things MIGHT happen in our house. We do eat the same foods every day though. Lately due to the traveling and not being at home…and the holidays we’ve been thrown off the schedule. We’ve had to do an out of house compromise on the food. Frankly, I’m just tired of eating out so I’m enjoying the time at home.

How many times a day do you eat? And what are some of your favorite snacks?