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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Healthy Living | Mealprepping 101 : Snacks


About two years ago I took control of my life and decided to start living a healthier and better lifestyle. Since then I have lost 95 pounds and it has become second nature to me to eat right and work out and be overall dedicated to being good to my body. I wanted to include a few new segments on my blog that had little tips and tricks that I personally found worked for me and maybe they can help for you too. One key thing that I've been sticking to for the last almost eight months now would be meal prepping. Meal prepping is basically packing and cooking all your food on one specific day for the rest of the week. My best friend and I go grocery shopping every Sunday morning and then spend a few hours in the kitchen preparing the food for our week. Containers and zip lock baggies have kind of been running my life lately. Now, when I get hungry throughout the day, I never have to go searching for food which could easily throw me off track but instead everything is already packed for me. With my busy lifestyle it's really the only way to go. 

So for the first little instalment of this new series on my blog I wanted to talk about Meal Prepping Snacks. I love food. Literally my entire day revolves around food and I do not ever allow myself to go hungry. I'm constantly grubbing on something yummy. Snacks are such an important part to your day because it's those little breaks in between meals where so many people get thrown off. I make sure that I have something with me to nibble on whenever I'm feeling peckish. I try to personally calculate my caloric intake so that I'm aware of what's going into my body. It's so easy to overeat and over indulge and I think anyone who wants to start living a healthier lifestyle or is trying to lose weight the very first step would be to find out how many calories you should be taking in everyday and then calculating them throughout the day. I use an app called My Fitness Pal because it's so simple and helps me access everything on the go but you can just use a food journal or I'm sure there's other websites and apps out there that can help you add up those calories throughout the day. 

For snacks, I like to always always always have some kind of baggy or container full of fruit. Some weeks we've had pineapple and orange slices or grapes and blackberries but for this week we went with a mix of seedless green grapes, raspberries and mango slices. Pretty much any fruit that's in season where you are and looks yummy would be a perfect snack to just grab and go throughout the day. Another thing I'm reaching for this week are these little Planters Nutrition Nut Mix that come in generous little packs and are only around 250 calories. Nuts are so yummy and contain vitamins and nutrients that are beneficial to your body so they're a great treat throughout the day. To finish off my snacking ways this week I included a baggy of Animal Cracks from Trader Joes. I need some kind of cracker or something crunchy and salty because that's what I personally always used to indulge on. So now I still indulge just with food that is better for me and still tastes freakin amazing. These animal crackers only have six grams of sugar and you can have 17 of them for 120 calories which is filling and the calories are still maintained. And on those days where I'm still feeling hungry I either eat more fruit or have a cup of coffee or tea to fill me up and really hit the spot. 

I have tons of other go to snacks that I love to have, these are just what I'm including in my meal plan for this week. Meal prepping is something I love doing and I swear by so if you guys are interested in these types of posts and want to see more of them please please let me know. I'd love to share recipes and tips and tricks with all of you and maybe you have some to share with me too. 
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7 comments:

  1. Fab post, I lost a fair bit of weight with the help of My Fitness Pal but I can't seem to get rid of the last few pounds that I want to, Christmas isn't helping! I'd love to learn more about Meal Prepping, will keep my eyes peeled for your posts on it :)

    Catherine xx
    www.youwishyou.com

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  2. Love this post! This definitely motivates me to become a little healthier than I am...need to stop eating all this chocolate! I should definitely think about meal prepping more often if I have a little bit of time.

    Lizzie // xBeautyMagic // Beauty Giveaway

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  3. This is a great post and yes, I would love to see your meal prepping posts. My husband has been bitching about his huge weight gain and we both has vowed to not weigh ourselves until 1 January 2015, so your posts will come in handy when we start on our journey to get fit again.

    Reflection of Sanity

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  4. Great post, really enjoyed the read..

    Please let me know if you would be interested in following eachother on GFC and Bloglovin.Would love to stay in contact.

    Candice | Beauty Candy Loves

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  5. Those animal crackers look adorable! I think meal prepping is the perfect way to keep yourself reaching for something unhealthy in that desperate need of a quick-fix. I really want to start prepping my meals but never set time aside for it...it's definitely going to be one of 2015 resolutions!
    I use My Fitness Pal as well. It really is an amazing app for keeping you on track.
    I've just put a recipe on my blog for healthy chocolate cookies, so feel free to check that out if you want a healthy sweet treat! I love seeing posts like this so you should definitely keep doing them :)
    xxx
    Tasmin | Grandiose Days Blog

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  6. Great post! Thanks for sharing!
    xx


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  7. I found this post super interesting because I'm working on looking after myself at the mo! Thanks for these tips!

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