I thought it was time for another Motivation Monday! Everyone seems to say “I will start Monday”, well it’s Monday so get started!! Make today “THE DAY” you start adding new healthy habits to your life and kicking some bad habits to the curb. It takes more than one week to make something a habit, so give it time and pretty soon it will become second nature.
If you are wanting to challenge yourself this month, and want to give your new healthy lifestyle a kick-start but are needing a place to start. Start today by making a promise to YOURSELF to give up one (or more) of your bad habits (ie. chips, pop, McDonald’s, chocolate bars, and/or any other processed food) and adding in one healthy habit (ie. consuming more vegetables, fruits or leaner cuts of meat) for 30 days. By the end of 30 days you probably won’t want your favorite kind of chips as much and eating more vegetables won’t seem like a chore.
If you need someone to be accountable to, you can absolutely feel free to be accountable here. If you need help, motivation or cheated on yourself by eating something you promised you wouldn’t, post it on here. This way you will have admitted you made a mistake and can move on with your day without feeling guilty. It is not always easy, and you may have setbacks, but YOU can do it! You can do anything for 30 days! Get started!
I thought today I would share some great snacks to eat mid-morning or mid-afternoon. These are simple and easy snacks that will help keep you full and satisfied until your next meal.
1. 3/4 cup Fat Free Cottage Cheese, an apple or carrots and 1/4 cup of nuts
2. 3/4 cup of Non Fat Greek yogurt, 1 tbsp peanut/almond butter and chopped strawberries
*Make sure the only ingredient in your Peanut/Almond Butter are just that, peanuts or almonds*
Protein Shake – 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk, 1/2 cup frozen berries, 1 scoop of natural whey or 1/2 cup greek yogurt and 1 cup of spinach
4. 1 Scoop of whey protein, 3/4 cup almond milk, and carrot sticks
5. 1 Apple spread with 1-2 tbsp of nut butter
6. Raw vegetables with Hummus (if you do not want to make your own, and prefer to buy it from a grocery store, make sure you read the ingredients)
7. 1/2 cup oatmeal, 1/2 cup of almond milk, microwave for 1 and 1/2 minutes. Once microwaved stir in 1 tsp of peanut butter.
8. If you are feeling like something sweet this is a great snack:
Prior to making this snack: Blend, 1/2 cup of Almond milk and 1 scoop protein powder and 1/2 cup Greek yogurt. Pour into a muffin pan and place in the freezer for about an hour or until frozen.You can fill the muffin tins as full as you would like.
When your “ice cream” is frozen: Sliced 1 apple and place in a bowl with 1 tsp of cinnamon and 1 tsp of water. Microwave for approximately 20-30 seconds.Then microwave “ice cream” separately for about 10 seconds and place on top of apple mixture. You now have an easy clean apple crisp and ice cream! Trust me, you start to get creative when you are craving a cheat and have to make it clean.
I hope this helps in planning your daily diet.
If you have any other snack ideas, please share them with me!