If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you know one of my biggest pet peeves is quick fixes when it comes to weight loss/getting healthy. One of these that was brought to my attention recently was meal replacement bars. Now, there are some out there that are legit, but eating two meals of just these isn’t healthy. The only reason you’ll lose weight if you try this method is because you’re cutting a lot of calories. You’d be surprised how quickly you plateau with this method. (Not a good thing) These bars, which need to be high in protein and fiber (for fullness), have a moderate amount of carbs (for energy), and low in sugar, are good if you’ve just come off a long run and need to get to work, or you just really don’t have time to eat lunch. Once in a while. Not every day. And replacing two meals, two meals that could be full of nutrients and variety, with a boring bar is just not going to cut it. You need nutrients! You need variety! Don’t cut calories that you need! Be healthy!
While we are talking about calories, let’s talk about these 100 calorie snack packs. 100 calories of oreos, chocolate chip cookies, chips, pretzels, etc have a lot more in them than just 100 calories. Look at the nutrition label…even if the percentages of sugar and saturated fats aren’t high, check those ingredients. CRAP. PURE CRAP. And let’s face it, who among us can only eat just one of these “3 tiny oreos are supposed to be satisfying” packets? Not this girl. That’s why they don’t enter my house. Let’s see what snacks we can eat for 100 calories that will help us get healthier AND keep us satisfied until the next meal.
-2 cups raspberries
-1 cup blueberries
-1 cup mango chunks
-½ medium cantaloupe
-15 strawberries dipped in 1⁄4 cup Cool Whip Lite
-45 steamed edamame (green soybeans)
-2 tablespoons each of mashed avocado and chopped tomatoes stuffed in 1⁄2 mini pita
-½ red bell pepper dipped in 3 tablespoons hummus
-1 Laughing Cow Light Creamy Garlic & Herb cheese wedge and 3 Triscuits
-1 Kraft Polly-O Superlong Twist-Ums string cheese stick
-1 Yoplait Light Smoothie
-½ cup low-fat cottage cheese with 5 strawberries
There are so many more out there if you just take the time to find them. Nutrient dense snacks are going to keep you fuller longer, and will keep you healthier, too. Just because its snack time, doesn’t mean its eat crap time.
Stay sweaty, my friends!