Healthy snacks/meals

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We all love to snack! It is actually better to snack (healthily) throughout the day in order to maintain a faster metabolism. Not to mention, sometimes we just get cravings, or feel the need to munch on something. Personally, I’ve never been a big meal eater. I’ve always wanted just a little bit of everything. Therefore, I tend to nibble on different things all day long. I’ve learned that if you do this with the right kind of food, you’ll actually lose weight while never feeling hungry. Here are a few things I like to munch on throughout the day:

-All natural whole Almonds

-Pistachios

-Stringed cheese

-Homemade Larabars or protein bars

-Odwalla Sweet and Salty Almond Bar

-Apple and Natural Almond or Peanut Butter.

-1/2 banana with 1 tsp of natural almond or peanut butter.

-Fruit

-Beef Jerky

-Greek Yogurt

-Boiled Egg

-Hummus w/ carrots

-Avocado with Parmesan cheese (I like them plain, too)

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day! It jump starts your metabolism and fuels you for the day! I like to workout In the morning, so I usually eat something small with protein and drink my cup of coffee before my workout, then have my daily protein smoothie for a post workout meal. However, the days that I get in a late workout or no workout, my breakfast routine is a little different. Here are some of my favorite breakfast meals:

-Banana pancakes w/ natural unsalted almond butter. You can also use maple syrup, peanut butter, honey or fruit (1/2 banana, 1 egg)

-Egg beaters w/ Parmesan cheese and fruit on the side

-Banana w/ natural Almond Butter or Peanut Butter.

-Breakfast quinoa with fresh fruit or brown sugar and cinnamon.

-Smoothie or smoothie drinks

Lunch Ideas:

-Homemade spinach salad with fresh parmesan cheese and Lite Caesar dressing. I add avocado to mine, but that’s your preference. (Add grilled chicken for more protein and make it more filling.)

-Lettuce turkey wrap. Just like a turkey wrap except use lettuce instead of the wrap for less carbs. I use lettuce, turkey, cheese, pickles, and banana peppers. It also is good with avocados instead of the pickles and banana peppers.

-Turkey and cheese wrap. Same as above except without the lettuce. Just take about 3-4 pieces of turkey, wrap one slice of cheese in it (I prefer pepper jack). Also add in some pickles and banana peppers, or whatever your prefer.

-Make some grilled or baked chicken or fish one day and use it the rest of the week. Eat it either plain, or use it in your other recipes. If you have it available, venison is a great lean meat to eat rather than beef.

-Spaghetti squash with some olive oil and seasonings; Spaghetti squash with parmesan cheese melted or not melted; also, with some spaghetti sauce. Pretty much anything with spaghetti squash is DELISH!

-Turkey & Avocado wrap. Yes, simply avocado wrapped in turkey. I bet it would be good also if you put it on the skillet for a minute to warm it up. Yummmm. (I think you can tell I LOVE avocado by now!)

-Quinoa fried “rice”. Quinoa, stir fried with soy sauce, onion (or onion powder), and egg beaters.

More ideas for healthy breakfast

SAMPLE daily meal plan:

-Breakfast (6-7 am): Protein smoothie

-Morning Snack (9-10 am): Strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries

-Lunch (11:30 am-12:30 pm): Spinach salad with Lite Caesar dressing and grilled chicken.

-Afternoon Snack (3-4 pm): Boiled egg

-Dinner (5-6 pm): Venison patty covered in pepper jack cheese with steamed squash and zucchini

-Dessert (before 7 pm): Apple

—TRY to always eat before 7 pm. I know it’s hard some days, but it is very important for weightloss. If you absolutely cannot eat before 7 pm, make sure to eat AT LEAST 2 hours before bed time and try to even stay moving after you eat. It’s always good to move after you eat, but especially when you eat late at night. You need to give your body time to burn some of those calories off before you lay down for bed. This doesn’t neccessarily mean go for a run or to the gym, just walk around the house, clean, or anything to avoid sitting or LAYING right after you eat.

Here’s for all my dessert lovers!

Clean Brownie Recipe:

http://slendergrapefruit.wordpress.com/2013/07/08/monday-munchies-clean-brownie-recipe/

SUPER EASY, DELICIOUS chicken recipe:

■Worcestershire Sauce

■Minced Garlic

■Ground Cumin

■Chopped onion (or onion powder)

■Low Sodium Tony’s Chachere’s/Season All/Other Preference—-I didn’t put much of this, but It depends on your taste. It’s good with or without it.

■Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs

Just Mix all the ingredients in a freezer bag OR bowl and shake it up/spread it around. [This is if you want to make it quick. I’ve also cooked it before and let it sit and marinate for a few hours in the fridge before cooking]. Then, cook it in a glass pan on 350 degrees for about an hour and TA-DA! Deliciousness! Super easy and inexpensive, too!

Mixed Berry Protein Smoothie:
-1 cup Water
-1 scoop Vanilla Protein Powder
-6 Frozen Strawberries
-1/2 to 1 cup Frozen Raspberries
-1/2 to 1 cup Frozen Blueberries
-1 tbsp Chia Seeds
[I don’t even put ice because the frozen fruit makes it thick and frozen enough, but that’s your preference.]

–Blend. Pour. Enjoy!

Clean Flourless Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

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