Sunday, February 24, 2013

6 Healthy Snack Ideas

In between breakfast lunch and dinner, I make sure to always try and include a 100-300 calorie snack twice a day, three times if I'm working out (as a post-workout snack). I wanted to document some of my favorites here along with the nutrition facts (courtesy of MyFitnessPal).

1.   Wholly Guacamole Snack Pack + Can of Albacore Tuna + 3 ak mak Crackers (high protein)

266 calories, 18g carbs, 13g fat, 26g protein, 584mg sodium, 0g sugar

Mix the guacamole and tuna in a container in the morning before you leave for work.

Tip: Try and find a store that sell the 100 calorie snack packs of Wholly Guacamole - my nearby store only sells the big container so when I'm at a different store that does carry the snack packs I usually buy 2-3 (a package contains 3 packs). These are perfect because they are each individually packaged and you can freeze them if needed.

2.   8 Almonds + Slice of Havarti Cheese

136 calories, 2g carbs, 12g fat, 7g protein, 120mg sodium, 0g sugar

3.   4 oz non-fat plain greek yogurt + Open Nature Cranberry Nut Goodness

210 calories, 27g carbs, 4g fat, 15g protein, 108mg sodium, 13g sugar

Tip: You can also add berries to this for a little extra deliciousness

Greek Yogurt & Granola

4.   1 Hard Boiled Egg 

70 calories, 1g carbs, 5g fat, 6g protein, 65mg sodium, 0g sugar

Tip: I like to boil 5 eggs on Sunday so I have one ready to go every day of the week.

5.   2 scoops of Jarrow Whey Protein Caribbean Chocolate mixed with water (high protein)

210 calories, 12g carbs, 2g fat, 34g protein, 80mg sodium, 8g sugar

Tip: Buy a blender bottle and make sure this is always in your gym bag with 2 scoops of protein ready to go. Once your workout is complete you can fill up the bottle at the drinking fountain, shake & go!

6.   3 ak mak crackers + cucumber slices + Garlic & Herb Laughing Cow Cheese

111 calories, 15g carbs, 3g fat, 5g protein, 326mg sodium, 2g sugar

Crackers, Cucumber & Laughing Cow Cheese

What are your favorite healthy snacks?

Monday, February 18, 2013

Oatmeal & Strawberries

First off, I must apologize. My last blog post was titled "No excuses" but I'm about to sit here and spout off excuses as to why I haven't updated this blog in over two weeks. The week of that post I was doing pretty well with working out. Then I developed a toothache, which ended up in getting a wisdom tooth pulled. So even though it's an excuse I think it's a pretty good one ;)

Taking it day by day now, I'm not promising to do any challenges at this moment in time... :) I wasn't supposed to do any strenuous exercise for a week after the tooth pulling (I did do yoga once though), so after a week had passed, I decided I missed strength training and decided to do the first workout of "New Rules of Lifting for Women". Wow, what a difference, it was really difficult for me since I haven't been strength training consistently. But at the same time it felt amazing and I am looking forward to including that back into my routine. I am traveling for work starting tomorrow and am packing my gym clothes!

Now to address the topic of this post... today's breakfast recipe.

A 2 lb container of strawberries were on sale at Safeway last week, so I've been eating strawberries almost every day. I sliced up a bunch of them and have been using them on Greek yogurt and oatmeal. Yummy!

Today I made a delicious bowl of oatmeal with unsweetened coconut milk, vanilla protein powder, about 6 strawberries and added some granola (Open Nature Cranberry Nut Goodness). This protein infused take on oatmeal tasted great and lasted me well until lunchtime.


1/2c old fashioned oats
1/4c unsweetened coconut milk
1/4c granola
5-6 sliced strawberries
1T vanilla protein powder


- Heat up oatmeal with enough water to cover, in microwave for 90 seconds
- Add ingredients and enjoy!

367 calories, 60g carbs, 8g fat, 15g protein, 107mg sodium, 13g sugar