Happy “What I Ate Wednesday” & “half-way through the work week day”!
Yesterday I worked hard to concentrate on my snacking pattern and change it up a bit. I think my body appreciated the change, as well as the extra nutrients I gave it!
1/2 banana with almond butter
Strawberry Banana Overnight Oats! Monday night I put together a few smashed strawberries, 1/4 cup plain Chobani Greek yogurt, 1/4 cup oats, 1/2 cup almond milk & 1 tbsp. chia seeds. Tuesday morning I mixed in 1 tbsp. organic rice protein powder and 3 tbsp. almond milk. I topped it all off with chopped strawberries, banana & some granola!
Before I left for work I made a fresh energizer juice with carrots, ginger, cucumbers and apple! I’m trying to have fresh juice as a snack alternative at least every other day. My body could use the extra nutrients and less bloat from my typical snacking sessions!
No leftover salad in site! Look at me mixing things up! Instead, I made a veggie pita sandwich with hummus, leftover grilled zuccihinni & summer squash with tomatoes, spinach and sprouts. It was delicious! Nice little change! On the side I had a fresh, juicy plum with sliced carrots.
I am really focusing on mixing up my traditional snacks to not only stay in tune with the “sensible snacking” theme of #WIAW but also to help squeeze in some added nutrients to my diet. For my afternoon snack I packed strawberries, snap peas, a few almonds & a laughing cow cheese wedge. The combination of the sweet snap peas with the salty cheese & almonds along with the juicy strawberries was actually pretty amazing! I can see this becoming a regular packed snack for me!
Since I am following the June Power Meal a Day Challenge, I made sure to make an adequate power dinner (today’s topic) to round out my day. I original had planned on grilling but it was pretty chilly out so I decided to use the oven instead. I made a honey mustard & rosemary glaze for my baked salmon with roasted asparagus on the side, along with a sweet potato topped with almond butter & Chobani drizzled with fresh maple syrup! Clean and lean, my favorite type of dinner!
Falling in line with the sensible snacking theme again, I’m also working to incorporate healthy fats into my evening snack to get my metabolism going throughout the evening. Since my body is resting for around 8 hours, I feel so much better in the morning when I have a healthy snack in the evening. I don’t wake up hungry or get that “shaky” feeling. My snack last night was a few frozen banana slices with a dollop of cinnamon cherry peanut butter! I actually decided to heat this in the microwave for a few minutes after I took the picture. It was gooey and delicious!
Focusing on my snacking yesterday helped open my eyes to how much I mindless snack throughout the day. Sometimes I would pull out a bag of tortilla chips to munch on before I made dinner. Now I realize that with proper, nutrient dense snacks throughout the day, I will be less likely to pick up those mindless munchies.