This is funny because it is true as it relates to snacks for me! I am sure this meme was meant for kids but oh well! When mapping out the day in my head, I take a minute to think about my plan.
How long will I be gone? Will I be hungry while I am gone? Will water be enough to get my back home? Do I need to bring something with me? If so, what? How long will that last? As an example, last week I went to Baltimore for a soccer tournament with Zoe. Home departure time 8:45 AM, home return time 5:00 PM. What is a girl to do? Pack food and snacks! For me it was a Perfect Bar, yogurt and berries, hard boiled eggs and leftovers that I could eat cold. I knew my car would be stationary so felt comfortable packing a cooler to store everything for the day. I also packed 4 FULL bottles of water, just in case.
For short outings, this is my favorite freezeable lunch box. I have three of these in the freezer at all times.
"You do not plan to fail, you fail to plan."
Today, I am discussing just snacking options that you can bring with you when you are on the go! When it comes to healthy snacking options for women trying to lose weight, it's important to choose foods that are nutrient-dense, satisfying, and low in calorie density. Here are some ideas:
Fresh fruits: Fruits like apples, berries, oranges, and grapes are high in fiber, vitamins, and antioxidants. They provide natural sweetness and are a great alternative to sugary, processed snacks.
Vegetables and hummus: Cut up raw vegetables such as carrots, cucumbers, bell peppers, and cherry tomatoes. Pair them with a serving of hummus for a nutritious and filling snack.
Greek yogurt: Greek yogurt is high in protein and calcium, which helps promote satiety and supports bone health. Choose plain Greek yogurt and add fresh fruits or a sprinkle of nuts for flavor and added nutrients.
Nuts and seeds: Almonds, walnuts, pistachios, and sunflower seeds are rich in healthy fats, fiber, and protein. However, be mindful of portion sizes, as they are calorie-dense. Stick to a small handful to control calorie intake.
Rice cakes or whole grain crackers: Opt for whole grain rice cakes or crackers that provide a satisfying crunch. Pair them with toppings like almond butter, low-fat cheese, or slices of lean protein like turkey or chicken breast.
Hard-boiled eggs: Hard-boiled eggs are an excellent source of protein, which helps keep you feeling full. They are also portable and easy to prepare in advance for a quick snack. Find my JAMMY recipe here!
Homemade smoothies: Blend together a combination of fruits, vegetables, and a source of protein like Greek yogurt or a scoop of protein powder. Smoothies can be a nutritious and convenient snack option.
Edamame: These young soybeans are packed with protein and fiber. Steam or boil them, sprinkle with a little sea salt, and enjoy them as a tasty and satisfying snack.
Cottage cheese: Cottage cheese is low in fat and high in protein, making it a filling snack choice. You can top it with fresh fruits or sprinkle some herbs and spices for added flavor.
Beef Sticks: My personal favorite are CHOMPS. Someone confirmed today they taste like a Slim Jim. Quick hit of protein are the way to go when you are out and about!
Remember, portion control is key when snacking for weight loss. It's also important to listen to your body's hunger and fullness cues and choose snacks that align with your overall calorie and nutrient needs.