I often find myself getting these sort of backwards compliments about my weight. You know, after people see the amount of cupcakes and Nutella on my blog, they look at me and ask how I’m not 500 pounds.
First of all, I never bake anything unless I have someone to share the results with. If I left a dozen cupcakes in my kitchen, I would undoubtedly eat all of them. So instead, I bake for friends, family, special occasions, and if all else fails, I bring my goodies to work.
My other main two strategies are working out and keeping a supply of healthy snacks around for between meals. I get hungry a lot and usually crave sweets, so I plan ahead and have healthy and filling snacks prepared for that inevitable 3pm hunger pain. Here are some of my favorites:
1. Nuts and seeds
Nuts and seeds are full of healthy fats, fiber and protein, all things that help keep you feeling full and satisfied until your next meal. For a quick snack on the go, measure out a serving (1/4 cup) into little tupperware containers or small baggies. Keep it interesting (and more healthy) by varying them day by day. Try walnuts one day, sunflower seeds the next, then almonds, and so on.
2. Greek yogurt
I like Greek yogurt more than regular yogurt because it’s strained more, which makes it extra thick and creamy. Plus, it has a lot more protein than regular yogurt, which will keep you feeling full for longer. Get unsweetened to avoid excess sugar and add your own fresh fruit or honey to taste. Another way to sweeten up Greek yogurt is with jam, apple butter or pumpkin butter.
You can also make a smoothie out of Greek yogurt and fruit. A couple of my favorites are this chocolate raspberry smoothie and tropical green smoothie. And if you want something even cooler, you can freeze a smoothie into Greek yogurt pops.
Larabars are the most simple and straightforward energy bar I’ve ever seen. The ingredient list is very short, from 2-9 ingredients and all whole foods – mostly dates and nuts plus spices or fruit. They have fun flavors like peanut butter cookie (dates, peanuts and salt) and banana bread (almonds, dates, unsweetened bananas). They’re also raw, vegan, gluten free, dairy free, soy free, non-GMO, and kosher. Sounds too good to be true, right? Well, they’re pretty awesome but also pretty expensive (over $1/bar). Luckily, you can make them pretty easily at home. So far I’ve tried making copycat cashew cookie Larabars, copycat chocolate Larabars and (this is similar to Larabars but with some added grains) healthy cookie dough.
4. Hard boiled eggs
Eggs are a pretty cheap source of protein. I always get local, cage-free eggs (which costs a little more, but is worth it to me for the peace of mind that the eggs are safe and also the chickens are treated humanely). Boil a bunch of eggs over the weekend and you’ll be set with snacks for the rest of the week. Plus, if you don’t want to wait around for a pot to boil, you can try hard boiling eggs in a CrockPot!
5. String cheese
Remember the days of string cheese? I still enjoy this classic childhood snack. I usually get the “light” version, which is only around 60 calories but has a little fat and protein to keep you full. And while I’m often a food snob, I must admit that my favorite string cheese is Target’s generic brand. It’s a little sweet, not too salty, and tastes creamy too.
Working out isn’t as simple as healthy snacks unfortunately. I don’t really like going to the gym, and I don’t want to pay for a monthly membership unless I know I’m going to get my money’s worth. For a while I tried out Jillian Michael’s Ripped in 30 DVD, but workout DVDs are repetitive and get boring after a while. Lucky for me, my friend Yu Hannah has been working on a great solution to my problem – a website, Yufit, the first-of-its-kind online fitness experience in the cloud.
What does that mean? Basically, for a small monthly fee, you get access to a variety of 30-60 minute fitness classes, streamed on high definition. Classes are updated twice a week so there’s no getting bored. Plus, you can interact with the instructors, integrate your account with your Facebook profile, and access extra videos and blogs from the instructors with lots of tips and advice.
I’ve been a tester for the last few months and I’ve been loving the convenience and variety of Yufit. My favorite is Fernando’s cardio kick-boxing class – it’s only 30 minutes and he keeps me moving the whole time. There’s also yoga, balletone, buns & thighs, core burn, street jazz, and much more. There’s an easy way to pick out classes too: put in how long you want to work out, your goal (cardio, strength, flexibility), and your fitness level to find out the best class for you.
Now you can try it out too! Sign up now and get a free 14-day trial. After the trial period, and for a limited time, Yufit is only $9.99/month for one year (regularly $14.99/month). SO much cheaper than a gym!
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Questions about Yufit? Check out their FAQ section.