Five Things Friday Fave Edition: Snacks!

 

 

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  1. Greek yogurt – I probably eat Greek yogurt 4-5 times per week. I stick with this as a go-to snack because it’s sweet, convenient and full of good for you schtuff, i.e. packed with protein, calcium and helps keep you regular (if ya know what I mean). What I love about Greek yogurt the most is that it keeps me full longer. When I first started eating yogurt, I bought the basic Yoplait stuff that was packed with sugar. It was great, for a first time yogurt eater, but left me feeling hungry shortly after. After I switched to Greek, I was amazed at how much longer I could go between meals. Greek yogurt is definitely one of the best snacks out there.
  2. Protein/Snack bars – Debate all you want about the arsenic in Luna bars, but you have to admit they are delicious. If I’m not munching on Blueberry Bliss or Chocolate Peppermint Stick -Luna Bar chocolate Peppermint Stick Luna bars, I’m probably enjoying a Kind or Larabar. These three brands are my absolute favorite for many different reasons. First off, the Luna bars probably taste the best. Plus, they’re full chick vitamins. (Feminist food only, please.) Larabars do the best at keeping me full. They’re super dense too, so I feel like I’m eating a big piece of fudge. Kind bars are probably my last pick of the three, but only because I don’t stay as full after I eat them. I highly recommend the almond coconut flavor though, if you’re going to try them.  Sometimes if I know I’m going to have a light dinner or lunch, I’ll do half a protein/snack bar and toss it into my yogurt. Win win!
  3. Cottage cheese – Despite being told by one of my exes that the whole concept of cottage is beyond disgusting, I still love my large curds. Sometimes I’ll eat it with pineapple and sometimes I’ll eat it with tomato slices. Sometimes I like it on toast and other times I’m fine spreading it on a cracker. No matter how I prepare this stuff, I’m in heaven. It’s probably one of the few dairy products I could not, absolutely would not, give up. Protein, calcium, you know the drill.
  4. Cereal – I’ve been eating dry cereal since the day I was able to get my tiny hands on the stuff. It’s easy to pack, great to eat and can also accompany my Greek yogurt with ease. I alternate between a few brands, but always come back to my beloved Kashi. My current crush is Kashi’s Heart to Heart Warm Cinnamon Oat cereal. I highly recommend.
  5. String cheese – This definitely has to be paired with something, but this snack made my list mainly because it’s fun to eat. Who doesn’t enjoy pulling down long strings and dangling them over your mouth, baby bird style? Ok, creepy comparison, but can you honestly say you get any enjoyment out of biting into string cheese? No. That’s almost as blasphemous as taking a bite out of a Kit Kat without “breaking off a piece”. For shame. Anyway, sometimes I like to take my cheese strings and curl them up on a cracker for a delicious bite. Mmm.

What are your go-to snacks?

Kashi Crazy

While I was at the store this week, I was determined to stock up on some new items. I finally got around to buying curry powder and bit the bullet on my cheap-o tendencies by purchasing West Virginia grown apples. Shockingly, the import curry was cheaper than the Kroger brand, negating the higher cost of the apples.

Anyway, I popped over to the organic section to pick up my **Almond Breeze almond milk when I spotted the strategically placed Kashi crackers that I hadn’t tasted in years. Kashi’s Sesame Honey TLC crackers used to be a favorite of my friend in high school. She was the one who actually started introducing me to the healthier options in life, like skim milk. Who knew?! So, after I picked up the crackers and milk, I turned around to look through the flavors of my old, faithful snack, the Kashi snack bars. Although I didn’t see any new flavors that looked appealing to me, I did discover a flavor that I had managed to miss throughout the years: Roasted Almond Crunch. YUM! They’re must more firm and crunchy than my usual Nature Valley bars and much healthier. Finally, while rounding the corner to breeze through the soups, I spotted quite possibly the most delicious cookie I’ve purchased in a long time: the Chocolate Almond Butter cookie. Good lord. They should not put these things in a sleeve.

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Of course after I got home I was dying to try EVERYTHING, but I refrained. I saved the bar for my afternoon snack the following day and enjoyed the cookie for an after dinner treat. The crackers? Well, they were my pre-workout snack (paired with Sargento cheese cubes) before hitting the gym yesterday.

Oh and on the subject of the gym, I went back for my old workout routine yesterday after work. I only did 25 minutes on the elliptical, but it was still better than nothing. Today, I’m hoping to run back over for another quick cardio session before Stefano’s tonight, where I will be enjoying my absolute favorite Cucumber Martini! Yummmm.

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Well, I don’t have much else to report, but hopefully I’ll be sharing a recipe that my coworker gave me for a Curry Chickpea Dip. Soooo good!

My Healthy Tip of the Day: Torn between the elliptical and the stairclimber? According to Fitness Magazine, go for the elliptical. “The cyclical movement is easier on your legs than stepping, so you won’t tire as quickly.

**Not sure about making the switch from cow’s milk to almond milk? Check out this FitDay article for more information on the benefits of almond milk.

My First Mammal Free Monday

Last week I alluded to the fact that I would be trying a new meat and dairy free diet every Monday to jump start my week. Today marked the first of this once-weekly venture. I started off my morning with a bowl of Kashi 7 Whole Grain Puffs with a cup of almond milk and one half of a sandwich thin, topped with some yummy almond butter. This breakfast wasn’t actually much different from what I eat every day since I abstain from cow’s milk. The almond butter was a perfect way to beef up this breakfast so I stayed fuller throughout my morning.

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My mid-morning snack was a gradual grazing of almonds and cranberries, combined with massive amounts of British tea. I started off with an Irish Breakfast tea and continued my day with a mix of my yummy Vanilla Caramel Truffle and Lady Grey. (Did I mention my Mondays will be caffeine free?) By the time lunch rolled around, I had worked up a serious appetite. I mixed together some premade peas and quinoa that I had prepared. I saved a little of the quinoa so I could have a snack later. I also munched on some cucumber slices and red and green peppers.

For dinner I decided to attempt to make the yamburgers recipe that I found, however I had to do so with a white bean, rather than a black bean. I sliced up some avocado and used a little hummus as a spread for this yummy dinner. I think my favorite thing about vegetable-based burgers is that they are not meant to remind you of burgers. They are just an easy way to stuff some really yummy veggies into a utensil-free meal. Who could argue with that?!

All in all, I think this “vegan” Monday thing will be much easier than I anticipated. I practically avoid meat and dairy during the week anyway.

On an off subject, I’ve been noticing a TON of GOTR mention in the blogosphere and have to say I’m THRILLED this organization is getting so much recognition:

http://peaceloveandoats.com/2012/06/18/im-a-solemate/

http://www.healthytippingpoint.com/about

http://www.pbfingers.com/2012/05/08/girls-on-the-run/

Sooo exciting! I mean I always knew what an amazing organization it was (board member boasting alert!), but the fact that so many others recognize the amazing support it can provide a young girl reminds me over and over.