Snack Ideas

I apologize because it’s been FOREVER since I’ve posted on here. I could say that I’m far too busy taking care of a baby and seeing clients, but really it ultimately comes down to intention. Blogging takes work and time—something I don’t always want to invest 🤪. I do NOT understand how some bloggers post multiple times a week (or even some, every day!!). Major props to those people.

I get questions about snack ideas, so I thought I would compile a list of ideas for you. Please remember that ANY food can be a snack food. There are no rules about what “counts” as a snack versus a meal or dessert. YOU get to decide what you want to eat whenever you get hungry. The purpose of a snack is simply to get you through until your next meal without getting overly hungry. So what and how much you choose depends on when your next meal is, how long it’s been since you last ate, and what you last ate. If it’s been 3 hours since I last ate and I still have 2 more hours until my husband gets home for dinner, I’m going to eat a much more substantial snack than if I only have 30 more minutes until meal time (and yes, I will eat a snack even if dinner is in 30 minutes. Hanger can hit in 30 minutes). Or a night time snack typically isn’t as substantial because I’m not as hungry from having dinner somewhat recently.

But guys, you do what works best for YOU! Use this list simply as an idea—the amount is up to you. And if you’re wondering, yes, I typically aim for a carb and fat/protein at each snack to help with satiety and blood sugar stabilization.

So here you go! And if you notice a lot of peanut butter references, really everything I eat is just a vehicle for peanut butter. 😉

This granola (I actually half the amount of nuts, but you do you) with milk and banana slices

 
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Cheese, turkey, and crackers…I HIGHLY recommend Aldi’s "specialty select” rosemary scalloped crackers with their goat cheese. Aldi is the place to go for yummy and affordable cheeses.

 
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Muffin or slice of bread with nut butter or butter. Every week I make a baked goodie or two. Here’s my current favorite pumpkin banana bread, vegan banana bread (with chocolate chips added, duh) , almond flour banana bread, apple crumble snack bars

 
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Leftover pancake with nut butter and banana (you can find my whole wheat pancake recipe here)

Yogurt parfait (use full fat yogurt, trust me) with yogurt, fruit, and granola or nuts…I personally LOVE the Green Mountain Top Creamery 5% plain yogurt with honey and peanut butter mixed in.

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Cottage cheese + fruit

Fruit + cheese stick

Dinner leftovers (this is great when you don’t have enough leftovers for a full meal)

 
Gosh, I love Papa Murphy’s pizzas….

Gosh, I love Papa Murphy’s pizzas….

 

Toast with avocado and egg or deli meat

Baked good—cookie, piece of cake, brownie, etc. I’ve shared before, but these brownies are bomb…

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Protein or granola bar + fruit (a few of my favorite brands are RX bars, Perfect Bars, Nature Valley granola, Luna peanut butter protein, Clif peanut butter, KIND nut ones)

 
Homemade lara bars…

Homemade lara bars…

 

Smoothie that has some sort of protein powder or nut butter for some staying power

Coffee smoothie (cold brew, frozen banana, date) with collagen peptides.

Coffee smoothie (cold brew, frozen banana, date) with collagen peptides.

Juice plus chocolate powder with banana, peanut butter, milk, and ice topped with more peanut butter and banana bread crumbles.

Juice plus chocolate powder with banana, peanut butter, milk, and ice topped with more peanut butter and banana bread crumbles.

Leftover roasted veggies + cottage cheese

Popcorn + nuts/cheese

Hope this gives you some inspiration. I’d love to hear what snacks YOU enjoy!!

A day in the life...

I get questions all the time about what my schedule looks like. Goodness, it looks different EVERY day and every week. I'm still in the process of building up my clientele, so there are days when I have 6 clients and other days where I have none. There is no real consistency, which can be difficult and discouraging at times, but I also like that it keeps me on my toes. Anyways, I thought I would share a day in the life along with the foods I ate. Hope you enjoy! 

6:00 AM Alarm went off

6:10 Got out of bed (mornings are a little more rough now that it's dark outside when I wake up)

6:20 Made Isaac breakfast

6:35 Curled hair, put on makeup, and got dressed

6:58 Poured myself a cup of iced Vietnamese coffee for my first session, because coffee...

7:00 Online session with an out-of-state client 

7:35 Ate breakfast-soaked oats and chia seeds in almond milk with pb2, maple syrup, blueberries, and pecans. Not pictured is a turkey and cheese rollup for some protein. 💪🏻

 
A day in the life. Breakfast was soaked oats
 

8:00 Left for work at my office 

8:30 Client session

9:05 There is a Great Harvest Bread Company across the street from my office that I enjoy sitting outside at, so I walked over, got an iced latte and worked on some things on my laptop until my next appointment.

 
A day in the life-iced latte snack
 

10:00 new session

11:00 client session

11:45 Headed home after my last session to get some lunch. I was getting really hungry so I ate half of a homemade rxbar to keep me from getting too hungry before lunch. 

12:00 PM Made lunch: threw a bunch of leftover veggies in the skillet with eggs and topped it all with avocado, blue cheese crumbles, and pepitas. Served with a thin slice of banana zucchini bread and two chocolate covered almonds (not pictured).

 
A day in the life- scrambled eggs + zucchini banana bread
 

I've got a little inside info for you. I felt a little uncomfortably full after this meal. Now, I don't want anyone comparing their usual lunch to mine--there are days when this wouldn't be enough. But on today day, it was a little more than enough. I just want you to know that I don't always "get it right" when it comes to my fullness cues. But instead of judging myself, I observed what led to me eating a little too much at that time. And guess what? Fullness subsides. I got hungry again later in the day. That discomfort of being a little over full goes away 😊

12:40 Washed dishes, vacuumed, etc while catching up on a show 

2:15 Left to run some errands downtown

Can we just celebrate my parallel parking job?! 

A day in the life-talk about a good parking job!

3:20 got to the YMCA to work out. I was a little sore from my workout yesterday, so I decided it would be a cardio day to work out the soreness. It felt really good to move my body 

4:20 I ate the rest of my homemade rxbar while driving to get some last minute dinner ingredients at the store.

 
A day in the life-homemade rxbar
 

5:00 Started to make dinner

5:40 Isaac and I sat down to eat dinner. I had tried leftovers of this dish with my sis and wanted to make it afterwards, so I made it for the first time this night. So delish!

 
A day in the life- dinner was a spaghetti squash, broccoli, bacon, chicken sausage, and walnut mixture with a coconut milk sauce
 

6:10 Talked to my sister-in-law on the phone about plans for getting together in a few weeks. She's the absolute best.

6:15 My 3rd night of cookies and cream ice cream with frozen cookie dough added 😍 while Isaac and I sat outside and I hung out on my laptop

 
A day in the life- cookies and cream ice cream with cookie dough
 

7:05 Went for a walk around our apartment complex. It was 80 degrees outside and felt glorious!! I'm really going to miss the regular walks and incredible beauty when we move to our house. 

 
A day in the life- evening walk
A day in the life- evening walk
 

7:35 We just hung out: worked on this blog post, web surfed, watched Friday Night Lights (SUCH a great show...so many warm fuzzy feelings..and a few tears). Had another thin slice of zucchini banana bread with peanut butter.

10:00 Hopped into bed. I meet with a girl from my church every week at 6 am, so it's gonna be an early morning. 

Hope you all have/had a great day!!

Homemade yogurt in the crockpot

Hello!! 🙋 It's been a while since I've been here (I know, story of my life and this blog) and I thought it was about time I pop in to say hello. 

Life has been a little more busy lately with my work schedule picking up (thank the Lord!), tons of family wedding and birthday celebrations, and activities with friends. I'm not overly busy and would like to continue increasing my work hours, but I'm loving all the activities I've been up to lately and cannot complain. With life getting a little busier, I have to be more conscientious about meal planning. It's important to be able to eat what I want when I want it, but in order to do that I have to have a plan so that there IS food around when I want/need it. Flexible meal planning is the name of the game.

 
How to make homemade yogurt in the crockpot
 

One thing I've been doing recently is making my own yogurt for breakfast bowls or snacks. It's not necessary to make you're own, but it's a lot cheaper than store bought and making it myself makes me enjoy it even more. You appreciate the things you put time into. At first, I was super intimidated, but got the hang of it. Now I make it just about every week! Just an FYI, this is a looong process, so I recommend starting it in the early evening so that it can culture overnight (start around 4 pm).

 
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Basically, you heat milk to a certain temperature, cool it to a certain temperature, add in the culture, and then let it sit for 12 hours at a warm temperature. Then you strain it and are left with yummy, homemade yogurt!

 
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A quick word on probiotics. Gut health is definitely a buzz topic right now. While getting my masters, I did research on gut bacteria as it relates to health and I found it absolutely fascinating! Our gut (intestines) contains millions of little bacteria that play a role in a variety of different processes in our body. They have the potential to benefit our bodies through strengthening our immune system, maintaining intestinal tissue health, digesting food in our colon, producing vitamins, killing off harmful bacteria, and FAR more. Researchers are constantly finding out more about the role of certain bacteria in our gut and how they can help or hinder our health and everyday life. With our very stressful lifestyles, lack of proper self-care, lack of adequate nutrition, illness, and use of antibiotics, the types of bacteria in our gut can change and cause various symptoms such as constipation, diarrhea, a weekend immune system, etc. This is why eating cultured foods with beneficial bacteria (probiotics) and foods high in fiber (prebiotics--food for the bacteria) is so important. Hello dairy, fermented foods, whole grains, and veggies! It's another reason why it's super important to get a variety of foods in our diet. A diet high in fat and protein can cause harmful bacteria to overgrow. A diet high in refined carbs can cause harmful bacteria to grow. We need all the food components, people: a balance of protein, carbs, and fat from a variety of food sources.

 
How to make homemade yogurt in the crockpot
 

In the past I have had clients ask me about which probiotic brand I recommend and I wasn't able to really give a recommendation. That's why I thought THIS review was so helpful! It separates fact from fiction and then gives recommendations based on the different criteria that actually matter.  I think it does a good job of explaining things in layman's terms, but still uses scientific research to back up their claims. I recommend you check it out!

And now to making your own yogurt. If you've got the time, give it a try and let me know what you think! 

 
How to make homemade yogurt in the crockpot
 
Recipe for homemade yogurt in the crockpot

In case you missed the link above, the probiotic supplement review can be found at  http://www.reviews.com/probiotic-supplement/