- 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.
- 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 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!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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?
This week I’ve been back to my portion controlling and exercise regimen. So far, so good. I’m using my Lose It app on my phone and also following a relatively easy meal plan that I’ve modified to fit my tastes. Anyway, here is a taste of what I’ve had this week.
Starting from the top left: shirataki tofu noodle dish with kale and fall veggies from Morgantown’s very own Richwood Grill, Progresso Macaroni and Bean Pasta E Fagioli with Flat Out Flatbread and a slice of Swiss cheese and finally some flatbread crackers with Sargento light string cheese. Oh and I couldn’t resist a nice, cold iced coffee while I was at the mall a few days ago.
I’m not sure why, but I love iced drinks in the winter. Go figure.
This weekend was a three-day pig out fest for me. On Friday, I went to a birthday dinner of my friend Micah, hit another celebration for Alex’s dad on Saturday and met up with another friend, Danica, last night. Fast forward to today and you’ll find a pudge-bellied Bailee. Of course I had fun at each of these dinners (got to meet Micah’s pharmacy school friends and enjoyed visiting with her boyfriend/my family’s long-time friend), but it definitely made my decision to observe Lent an easy one.
We literally have a million photos like this.
I’ll first preface by saying that I’m not the name brand Catholic, but rather the off brand Episcopalian. I say this because the Episcopal Church describes itself as being “Protestant, Yet Catholic” and I am much WASP-ier than Catholics. However, the Episcopalian church’s stance on certain social issues is far closer to mine than Catholicism. With this being said, in years past I’ve observed Lent and tried to remain in self-denial. One year I gave up meat (which obviously stuck) and another year I stopped biting my nails. In all actuality, I’m very good at abstaining when necessary. (Hello, no soda for three years!) This year I’ve decided to give up two things I love dearly: chocolate and candy.
The guidelines I will be following are similar to those that Julie at PBFingers developed when she gave up sweets for Lent. Here is my list of what’s allowed and what’s not:
- Foods with little to no nutritional value that have a high sugar content (i.e. Sour Patch Kids)
- Snickers or other chocolate candies
- Foods contain chocolate or candy
Allowed (as long as it’s chocolate/candy free)
- Luna and other brand snack bars
- Frozen and Greek yogurt
- My gummy vitamins
I don’t actually anticipate this being harder than it sounds, but I do think I will have to be careful about what snacks I buy over the next few weeks.
Have you ever given anything up for Lent?
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Ok, so this probably won’t be real segment. In fact, I kind of snagged the idea from Peace, Love and Oats and Brianna Swisher Photography. Actually, this is more of me wanting to pay my dues to the companies that provide me with the products I love and use nearly every day.
Kashi – I’m obsessed with their products, so it’s only natural that I’m on their monthly mailing list. Why do I love them? Well, mainly because their products are healthy and don’t taste like cardboard. Plus, they’re always up to something beneficial to the community. Finally, the main reason I love, love, love Kashi…
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We are a small (after 25 years, still fewer than 70 of us) band of passionate people who believe right down to our bones that everyone has the power to make positive changes in their lives. We think getting healthy starts with taking little steps, like choosing healthy all natural foods. Kashi is about embracing and living your best life.
Apple – I love my iPad. I’m obsessed with my iPad. I embrace my iPad.
Chobani Pineapple Greek Yogurt – For those of you who have tried this, no further explanation needed. If you haven’t and love things that are healthy and sweet, I highly suggest you try this flavor ASAP.
Snow – It finally came and I couldn’t be happier.
Wish this could be me.
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