Why Pre Planning And Healthy Snacks Are Important
We all struggle with finding the time to pack our healthy snacks everyday especially when you are a busy mom or have a full time job. Well you don't have to resort to vending machines and drive thrus. There is a way to stay on track and eat healthy while on the go. It just takes a little planning. I have outlined some healthy snacks and have created a video for you so that you can see exactly how I prep my weeks. I spend a few hours each week baking grilled chicken for wraps and salads, cutting up fruits and veggies and portioning it into baggies along with nuts and hummus to make a complete snack. The key to sustaining your energy and blood sugar all day long is to pair healthy complex carbs (fruits and veggies) with a protein (nuts, hummus, avocados, cottage cheese) at each meal. This prevents the crash in blood sugar which can lead to binging!
I always sit down with my little dry erase weekly calendar and plan out all my meals and snacks for my family and then hit up the grocery store. Afterwards I spend a few hours preparing my snacks and getting organized for the week. I love the eat clean magazine, I find a lot of my recipes from this magazine. They even give you a 2 week meal plan that I pick and choose new ideas, especially for snacks. I also use the gracious pantry website for meal ideas as well.
I sit down with my grocery list, dry erase board and magazines and create a 2 week meal plan for my entire family. Then I hit up the grocery store!
Here are all my prepared snacks! I have included a list of some healthy snack ideas for you to use!
20 grapes and 1 low fat string cheese.
2 cupped handfuls of strawberries and a scant handful of raw unsalted cashews
handful of carrots and cucumbers and 1 tbsp skinny hummus.
2 whole wheat rice cakes (no salt added) with 1 tbsp all natural pb (look at the label it should say dry roasted peanuts only) and 1 tbsp raisins on top
1 cup plain greek yogurt, 1orange cut up with 1 tbsp almonds. If its to tart for you add a tiny bit of honey or agave nectar.
1/2 cup cottage cheese and a handful of fresh berries.
1 banana with 1 tbsp all natural nut butter
1 apple with 1 tbsp nut butter or a handful of raw unsalted almonds.
Oh and of course my favorite meal of the day....SHAKEOLOGY! It's either a meal or a snack each day! Quick and easy, no thought required! Just blend and Go!
If you ever need help with meal planning please email me and I'd love to sit down with you and come up with some healthy alternatives! This is my passion and I love helping other people!