Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Are You Wasting Time in the Gym?

Ladies, get your food in Check!

You may be hitting the gym hard everyday but if you don't have your eating habits in check, weight loss will be tough. You have to be creative and come up with good tasting, low calorie, fulfilling snacks that won't ruin your hard work. I've always found snacking challenging ( i love crunchy salty foods). I find that if I take 2 of my favorite healthy snacks with me to school I'm less likely to crave the bad stuff when I get home. It's all about planning ahead if you have healthy snacks with you, you don't even have to look in the evil vending machine for a snack. Also, try to look for snacks that have nutritional value (i.e., protein and fiber). 100 calorie snacks (crackers, chips, etc.) seem like a good idea but they typically lack nutritional value. So stick to fruits, nuts, greek yogurt, veggies, etc.

Be careful some snacks may seem healthy at first glance but make sure you read the label and check the serving size. Be especially careful with nuts, they are healthy but just be sure to watch the serving size. Also, try to avoid snacks like granola bars. They are typically high in sugar and have very little fiber and protein.

So be sure to purchase some sandwich ziplock bags so you can pack your favorite snacks for work.

Here are some of my favorite healthy snacks:

Baby Carrots
Fruits (apple, orange, grapes, etc.)
Greek Yogurt - lower calorie and more protein than your regular yogurts
Walnuts & Almond mix with a few craisins - Make sure you watch the serving size (remember almonds are lower calorie then walnuts)
Triscuits & a cheese stick - This great fulfilling snack with whole grain and protein

I typically try to pack one protein snack and one fiber snack, so an a piece fruit and nuts or yogurt.

What are your favorite healthy snacks??


RosetheFitnessInstructor said...

I enjoy the 100 calorie popcorn packs, they are filling when paired with a diet soda! Thanks for sharing your healthy snack ideas!

Tiffany said...

I love soy nuts! I purchase them by the bag at my local fresh produce store. Like RosetheFitnessInstructor, I really like those 100 calorie popcorn snacks too! They are perfectly satisfying. Dare I mention chips and salsa, YUM! It's a weakness :)

Marie said...

Thanks for the tips. It is discouraging when you are excercising and it doesn't seem to make a difference,

Lah said...

Hey this is a great blog! I am a fan of your group on facebook and I will be sure to read your blog posts as they come! Thanks for sharing your tips!!