Fit Friday: Go-to Snacks

Well, my computer is working… kinda… kinda not. I have a new battery and charger, but it still shuts down on me randomly. Frustrating, but currently it’s on, so I’m going with it.

I wanted to share with you my top 5 go-to snack foods. These are items I always have ready to go in my house for all those times when I just need something… like RIGHT NOW.

So here ya go, my 5 foods you should have in your kitchen always.

1) Hard-boiled eggs

Eggs are fabulous. Eggs fill you up. They are high in protein to keep you full for a while but they can also be a pain to cook if you should have been out the door 5 minutes ago. I usually get 2 dozen eggs when I go grocery shopping; 1 to cook with and 1 for hard-boiling. That way I have all set a super easy breakfast, or snack, or lunch. Have a few minutes? Chop them up, mix in an avocado, add some lemon juice, salt and pepper and you have a delicious egg salad. Or try on top of a salad. Either way, hard-boiled eggs are indispensable in my house.

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2) Trail-mix

Trail mix is one of those foods I’ve always adored, since I was a kid…. then again, when I was a kid I usually just ate all the  M&M’s, but still, I love it. And it’s super easy and extremely versatile. Plus, it’s almost always paleo. I like to keep a large container all ready to go in my pantry. As it starts to empty, I can add new ingredients so it’s ever changing. I start with nuts of any type (just not peanuts), add dried fruit (no added sugar), unsweetened coconut, dark chocolate chips; the possibilities are endless. Toss a handful in a ziploc and put in your purse for anytime that you feel your blood sugar dropping; or munch on some after a tough workout- your body will thank you for it.

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guiltykitchen.com

3) Veggies veggies and more veggies

I like to keep a good sized gladware container full of ready to go chopped up veggies in my fridge at all times. It makes everything from snack time to dinner prep easier. I try to keep the veggies organic and seasonal, but usually there are carrots, celery, sugar snap peas, mushrooms, etc. It’s easy to grab a handful with some dressing to add to my lunch. A little dicing and they are set for my morning omelette, or a quick saute and they can be added to dinner. I prep a bunch on the weekend so I’m all ready to go throughout the week.

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4) Plain cooked chicken

Chicken is one of those foods that can be used for just about any meal at any time of day. It makes the week run a whole lot smoother if I have several chicken breasts precooked from the weekend ready for whatever and whenever. I can shred it, add some salsa, and wrap it in a lettuce cup for lunch. I can add it on top of a salad. I can toss it in a stir fry. Really, it can go just about anywhere. And since Paleo doesn’t bode well with “fast food” or those frozen meals from the grocery store; it’s nice to have something that can be just as quick.

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5) Fruit

Uh… I don’t think this one needs much explanation, but don’t think it’s not just as important. I can’t tell you how many times I’m about to run out the door when my stomach growls and I stare at the kitchen looking for inspiration. My savior? A peach, or banana, or apple, or pear…. Anything that’s easy to grab and go, I’m all for. For fruits that aren’t so easy, just make sure to have some prepped before hand. When it’s berry season, I like to have a huge bowl of strawberries, tops cut off, to add to smoothies, top a salad, for on the road, etc. Same with pineapple, oranges, or any other fruit that needs some preparation.

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If you’ve noticed, each snack tends to take a bit of preparation. But I’m always so thankful that I’ve put in the time to have these healthy snacks ready when I need something quick. Just find a day when you have 30-60 minutes, and get your kitchen all set for the rest of the week. You’ll be just as glad as I am when you end up reaching for a cup of strawberries and a hardboiled egg instead of some nasty chemical concoction.

By the way, most of you know that I’ve been Paleo for a few months now and that I’m working to lose weight for my wedding… well I’ve hit a bit of a plateau (lost 13lbs so far!) and I decided that the biggest push I’m going to get is from sharing even more, so…. now on Fridays I will not only be sharing tips and tricks that I’ve discovered, but … I will also share my weight…………..

OH MY GOSH!… what have I done…. lol.

and maybe a picture… that one still really scares.

So … here goes.

I started at 170lbs. I am now at 157. My goal is between 130-140.

Phew, ok. Not so bad. 😛

Do you have a weight loss goal? Do you have any tips  and tricks? I would love to hear about your journey!

Love!

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Belated Small Change Saturday: Cuddle Bug

It’s funny… it just hit me. Today is 6 months till the wedding. Oh boy!

And I’m so excited and so nervous and sooo looking at the to-do list. 🙂

But really, I can’t wait. I can’t wait to make this amazing man my husband and be with him for the rest of my life. I can’t wait to have children with him. I can’t wait to be old and wrinkly sitting next to him in rocking chairs reminiscing about our life together. I just plain can’t wait.

 

So on that wonderful note, the small change that I will be focusing on this week is the power of touch… cuddling to be exact.

Having studied child development in school, I knew that touch was important for infants to bond with their parents, but until now I never realized how important it was for adults, and couples specifically.

 

Touch is amazing. Touch is what we need, what we crave, what gives us a renewed sense of humanity every single day. Touch is not an option. And when it comes to a relationship, touch is vital. (Make sure to check out the links shared here, they have some amazing information.)

But I also know that in our day to day lives, touch is not always our number one priority. We don’t always work on making sure we connect with someone through touch. And we don’t always take the time to make sure we connect with our loved ones daily that way. It’s something that gets dropped, lost, crushed, forgotten, and abused. It’s time to take this essential back.

One amazing type of touch is cuddling. Cuddling is one of the most intimate types of touch, without entering into the realm of sexuality. Cuddling is putting your body right up against another’s feeling their breath, their heart beat, while at the same time they can feel yours. It’s a way to communicate your love and connection to someone without saying a single word.

My focus will be on making sure to connect through touch with the man that I will spending my life with. Your goal may include a different, but no less important, relationship that you would like to foster through touch. The focus here is to be aware of how necessary touch is and use it as a way to foster and nurture relationships of all kinds.

 

I wanted to end by sharing a poem that I wrote… here goes.

 

                                       DEAR

Give me your hand dear and I’ll give you mine.

Give me your heart dear and we’ll reach the divine.

Give me your hopes dear and I’ll keep them real close.

Give me your prayers dear and I’ll love you the most.

Look in my eyes dear and you’ll see my own dreams

Hold on to me tight dear, life’s not as it seems

We’ll weather the storm dear, together we’ll stay

As long as you’re near dear, just a touch away

 

Love!