Yesterday I enjoyed an outdoor event with family and friends. It was a large gathering of food trucks, music, drinks and I think I may have gone a little overboard on sampling the food!
I find that when my week is most stressful, the end of the week is most difficult to eat healthy. By the end of the week I’m tired and have given up on meal prepping or any forethought for nutrition had home out the window.
I know better than this, because I usually know my week will be busy at the very beginning. It’s very important that I stock my fridge with easy-to-grab fresh fruits and vegetables as well as making sure my pantry is stocked with oats and other whole grains that will keep me full and give me the nutrients I need.
This Saturday morning I enjoyed a very simple breakfast of plain Greek yogurt, granola, fresh strawberries, and a drizzle of honey.
With the portions I had of 2/3 cup of Greek yogurt and only 1/4 cup of granola – the entire meal was only 257 cal, but 19 g of protein. I purposely made the meal small so that I will be hungry in the next 2 to 3 hours and can really rev up my metabolism.
I hope your weekend is going well – I’m in for another busy day! Talk to you soon, healthy bunnies!
Green smoothies are a trend of which I am a huge fan. In my kitchen, they will be sticking around. They provide an excellent way to achieve the recommended daily intake of fruits and veggies. The awesome thing about adding greens is that you cannot taste them. The flavor of fruit like bananas tend to overpower the smoothie with sweetness.
If you just can’t bring yourself to drink a smoothie that’s green or convince your children, add a small handful of berries to the blender. The smoothie will then take on a darker richer color and further mask the greens. Whatever you do, do not leave out your leafy greens. I love the salad like the next person, but to take in that amount of raw fruits and veggies is exhausting! Just think about with all of that chewing.
This green smoothie is full-bodied in flavor, creamy, and very thick. It’s one of my favorite ways to make a green smoothie. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did! Take a look at the video below for the recipe.
Staying fit and keeping active for many is no easy feat. With work, children, travel, and catching up with friends and loved ones– it is sometimes hard to lock down a set schedule to head to the gym or get outdoors and be active. An active lifestyle helps relieve stress and maintain weight, but it works best in conjunction with a nutritious diet and plenty of rest. When I think of all the reasons I have skipped physical fitness, it mostly comes back to being tired or being too hungry. To remedy this, I have learned to snack. Snacking between meals should not be out of boredom, but out of purpose. It should hold a person over till their next meal, and it can also fuel a person before a tough workout. In these summer months, I will periodically blog about easy snack ideas so that we can all stay on track with our fitness goals. Here are a few things that consistently keep me feeling energized and light and ready to tackle a tough workout:
1.Smoothies and shakes:Add protein powder, fruit and any green and you instantly have a high protein, low calorie drink that helps you stay on track with your daily fruit and vegetable intake. Click here for a great shake recipe.
2. Nuts: You need only a small handful to provide you with fuel from protein and fat. These are very easy to store in the office or in your gym bag for emergencies.Does anyone else get cranky when they are hungry??
3. Water: spend a little money on a good refillable water container. It’s worth it. If you are feeling thirsty, you are probably already a little dehydrated!
4. Greek yogurt: Low calorie, high protein, and delicious.
5. Berries: These are full of antioxidants and they are brain food. If you are sharp and alert, you will have the mental power to PUSH during your workout!
Here is a link to my video pertaining to fitness and food tips: