Healthy Food Choices at Home and On the Go

We’ve all been caught the the grocery store in the hangry state! For those of you who are lucky enough to never have experienced this, it’s a cross between “I’m so hungry I could eat my own arm” and “At any given moment I may turn into a Momster (a mom monster)!” This is when we can make poor food choices. Cheesies sound incredible when I’m starving! However, I feel worse after consuming a snack that does not contain any nutritional value.

Half the healthy lifestyle and nutritious eating battle is planning. That leaves 40% for food prepping, and 10% for eating.

Here are some planing and prepping tips that have not only helped me stay on track with fitness and nutrition goals, but have also helped me keep more money in the bank.

      1. Make a list of healthy foods and snacks you enjoy. Try to stay away from processed foods and foods containing lots of sugar. Do pick foods that are whole grains and high i protein. Fruits and veggies are always a great choice – they are packed with nutrition.

        Some of my favourite go-to snacks are:

        • nut mixtures
        • sunflower seeds
        • apples with natural peanut butter
        • rice cakes with hummus or peanut butter
        • blueberries
        • ants on a log (celery with PB and raisins)
        • protein balls (click for my delicious recipe!)
        • peppers and cucumbers with hummus
        • cheese string (made of real cheese)
        • grapefruit
      2. Meal plan. Plan each meal, including snacks, before you head to the grocery store. Make a grocery list from your meal plan. Include all ingredients required for each meal. Planning meals also helps with minimizing wasting food. Why throw your money away?! Choose meals that have similar ingredients. This helps with cost, waste and prep time!

        Some examples of our favourite meals with similar ingredients:

        • Pesto Chicken
        • Chicken Pita Grilled Wraps
        • Veggie or Chicken Pita Pizzas
        • Salads
        • Chicken Tacos
      3. Prep your food as soon as you get home from the grocery store. I know this sounds daunting! But trust me, it’s worth it.
      4. Pack snacks to take with you whenever you leave the house. You pack snacks for your children so why not for yourself? This makes a huge difference in indulging in an unnecessary unhealthy snack when you are on the go.
      5. Drink lots of water! Staying hydrated is so important. Sometimes our bodies can confuse thirst with hunger. Pack a water bottle and take it with you wherever you go.

      The trick to healthy snacking is all in the planning and preparation. A little time upfront will make the difference between diving into a fast food bag or eating your protein ball and apple you packed in your cute little lunch box.

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