Tuesday, May 1, 2012

~Snack Pack~

      Summer is here (in most places) and the time for fresh fruits and veggies is here! The latest things that have seen discussed in men's fitness mag have been different snack ideas. Personally, I love to snack, there is very rarely a time during the day that I'm not munching on something. So I am going to give you some ideas for snacks that won't make you fat and pudgy.. after all we need to keep up our Bikini bodies right? :)

Yogurt Parfait
This is one of my favorite. I usually prefer to use the Greek Gods yogurt brand, the plain or vanilla is the most healthy! The others have up to 25% of your saturated fats in them, yeah, not cool! So Just mix the following ingredients in a bowl or a red solo cup for the go:)
  • 1/2 cup of yogurt (vanilla)
  • 1/2 cup granola 
  • 3 sliced strawberries (super cheap at Costco right now, 1 flat for $6) 
  • Then I like to throw in a pinch of cinnamon too, but its up to you. Get creative! 
Peanut Butter and Apples
This is as simple as it gets. Two things you should always have on hand is peanut butter and apples. they make the best treat loaded with protein and fiber. The apple will fill you up also. This is the way to go if you want a quick healthy snack.
  • I prefer gala apples
  • Chunky peanut butter (better to have chunky PB than to be chunky)

Protein Shake and Granola Bar This is a bit more complicated because you have to have the two products and they aren't usually found everywhere you go. We stock pile our granola bars and i like the natures valley brand. As for the protein shake, there is always protein in my house but in at times when we are away visiting fam and friends it may be harder to come by. This is probably my favorite snack at work. Simple, easy, and filling!
  • Myotein Protein powder
  • Nature valley granola bars
Fresh Fruit and Veggies
 Anytime I have fresh fruit or veggies on hand I love to take them along to work for a snack. Also while sitting around the house, watching the tube, get in the habit of checking the veggie drawer and fruit bowl instead of going for the potato chips, ice cream or candy. The change will take time and planning but the results are so worth while. My favorites are:
  • Sliced Apples
  • Oranges
  • Baby Carrots
  • Raisins
  • Dried Fruit and nut mixes
  • Raw almonds are bomb
**As a side note, if you haven't been to the Winco bulk food sections you're missin out. They have killer prices on good trail mixes and raw nuts! Stay away from the chocolate ones though or you are fat:) ha
So go get em, Yeah Buddy!!

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