So, the big thing about snacking is having healthy options at hand ALL of the time. Think about strategic placement of snack options at your desk and even in your car, when you’re likely to mindlessly pick up what ever morsel or drink is already in front of you. Just as you would prepare yourself for a day long road trip or for a formal evening out for work, you want to set yourself up for success!
If you don't snack at all, START SNACKING - It's great for your metabolism! If you have a regular workout schedule, include snacks In between your meals as well to keep your energy up and to feed your body the nutrients it needs to sustain all of your hard work that you’ve put in at the gym. Remember, now that you’re working out regularly, your body is going to kick into gear by actively burning more calories during the day even when you aren’t working out.
What are healthy yet tasty snacks that you can munch on? Think about what you normally snack on, then make substitutions from there. For example...I love my sweets, particularly ice cream. That stuff is full of processed sugars and fats that aren’t necessarily going to aid my progression in my body’s recovery before/after my workouts. I still want something that will be like ice cream, just healthier - How about some non-fat greek yogurt with a bit of fresh fruit? Yeah, that’s what I’m talking about.
Here are other examples of fitness-friendly snacks:
Healthy raw nuts - almonds - cashews- peanuts. If you're a sugar craver, start out with lightly flavored nuts (cocoa, or wasabi, whatever!)
Granola- some people say granola is bad for you, truth is, granola can be packed with just as much sugar as candy sometimes. If you shop around make sure to check the sugar content and choose a low sugar option. Granola is a great filler-upper and keeps you from over indulging in other more self destructive options - PUT THE COOKIES DOWN!
Fruits and veggies. Aka our best friends! Have them waiting for you on your desk or in your car. Having a pre-made salad available will change everything that you thought you knew about how your food tastes. Believe it or not, a small salad can actually become a very addicting snack...Try it...I dare ya!
Boiled eggs are quite filling, and packed with 9 grams of protein and amino acids to aid your muscle repair (yes, eat the yolk too). Top with some fresh chives or hummus for an explosion of flavor.
A banana with some sort of nut butter. Bananas offer a source of complex carbohydrates as well as potassium to shoo away any muscle cramps while your preferred nut butter (peanut, cashew, almond, etc.) adds muscle building protein and healthy fats to give your body fuel to last longer.
Snacking is a GREAT thing when done right. Now that you’re all up into your fitness game, bring your A-game to the table (literally). Getting your body right is a collaborative effort and you will reap the rewards of ALL of your efforts by adding in something like committing to fitness-friendly snacking to your repertoire. Thanks for tuning in my people, and I hope to see you again for my next post - Remember to check back in with me if you’re feeling like you’re going to go off the map. Get out there and crush it, ya’ll!