A New Year’s Resolution to Maintain

 
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A New Year’s Resolution to Healthier Living:

“No More Bad Snacking!”

One thing I have almost zero self-control over is SNACKING. I love munching on chips and candy- especially when I am relaxing after working all day! But a few chips can become a whole bag, and a handful of M&Ms can turn into a bowl-full. And you know what can make these snacking habits worse? STRESS. So, I made a promise to myself: This year, I will be snacking differently. Instead of reaching for the queso dip and chips, I’ll be reaching for veggies and hummus! That way, even when I am overworked and having a case of the munchies, I will be giving my body good fuel to get me through those hard times. As a matter of fact, if any of you Skinny Soupers would like to join me in my newest New Year’s Resolution, here is a list of my top snack foods for some healthy snacking!

EDAMAME

My top snack food for healthy snacking has to be edamame (or steamed unripened soybeans)! Rich in antioxidants, edamame has been shown to cause weight loss and lower blood sugar. It is even high in folate and several minerals- including iron, magnesium and manganese. With a nutritional base of 17 grams of protein and 180 calories per cup, you cannot go wrong with these little, green beauties!

**You can usually find these in the frozen section of most world food grocers! My favorites come from Trader Joes!**

CANTALOUPE SLICES {WRAPPED IN PROSCIUTTO!}

You may be asking yourself, “Is this girl crazy?? Melon AND dry-cured ham?!” Oh yes, friends. Cantaloupe is such a nutritious and tasty snack to have when you are craving something sweet. It contains powerful antioxidants that fight inflammation. Cantaloupe also can keep your eyes healthy, may reduce your risk of disease, and is also very high in vitamins A and C. It is also a good source of potassium! {But adding prosciutto to something so juicy and sweet, makes for a whole other kind of snacking. This balanced snack filled with lovely sweet and salty flavors is under 200 calories, and will help you push through those last couple of hours of your work day!}

WHEY PROTEIN SHAKES

Something I do more often than not when I am feeling hungry in between meals is make myself a quick protein shake! I know for a fact that I do not get a substantial amount of protein throughout my day, so a protein shake gives me the nutrition I am missing, fills me up, and gives me energy to get through my day. Whey protein can help anyone looking to gain and lose fat, or just looking to improve their overall body composition. The best thing you can do is get a whey protein with a great taste and NO ADDED SUGAR.

**My recipe is: 1 scoop of whey protein (I LOVE CHOCOLATE), unsweetened almond milk, ice, and stevia (if the whey protein has no added sugar). BLEND together!**

HUMMUS

I pair this stuff with everything! Hummus is seriously one of the most versatile and nutritious of snack foods, and is so easy to make when you want to!  Just chickpeas, olive oil, and a little salt blended together make for a fantastic dip. You can add different veggies and herbs to make different flavors too! My favorite is olive or garlic flavored hummus. And when paired with crunchy veggies, fruit, or whole-grain crisps, hummus makes for a great anti-inflammatory, energy filled snack!


Xoxo G


 
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