I hope everyone is having a great start to their weeks! Today I decided to combine my running update with another post because, yup you guessed it, I was slacking again on my running program in the last week. I figured since I don’t have a whole bunch of progress to share, it would be easier to tack it on at the end of this post.
Anyhow, I will get more in detail about the running update toward the end. What I want to talk about first is my favorite healthy snacks that I’ve been enjoying lately. I know for me, I have always been someone who snacks a lot, and those snacks have not always been the most healthy of options. Whether it was potato chips or high-sugar treats, it can definitely be hard to go for something healthy when you’re feeling hungry between meals.
Making healthier snack choices was one of the first things that I really had to focus on when I started this weight loss journey. I also had to research and look up how many calories are in each “snack” item. Sometimes, even when I made a healthy choice, I would still overindulge and end up eating too much, which isn’t a good thing either!
I have three snacks during the day normally: one in the morning, one in the afternoon, and one in the evening. I aim to stay between 100 and 200 calories per snack, depending on how hungry I happen to be and how much I’ve eaten so far.
I am always looking for new and different snacks to keep things interesting, but because I have found a few good options that have worked for me, I definitely wanted to share that with all of you! Whether it’s through blogs or Instagram posts, I am always finding out about different products through other people. I hope that some of you might be able to find some new options to try out as well with this post!
First up is Fage Total 0% plain greek yogurt. I tend to have this a lot for breakfast, but sometimes I like to have some for a morning or afternoon snack as well. One cup is only 130 calories and a whopping 23 grams of protein! I try to maintain higher protein intakes on a daily basis because it helps me feel fuller longer, so this is a perfect choice for me, especially when I need something that will sustain me for a longer period of time.
I prefer greek yogurt over regular yogurt, and for the longest time, I swore by Chobani and would only buy that no matter what. I decided to try Fage a little earlier this year, and I haven’t gone back to Chobani since. I still like Chobani, but to me Fage has a thicker, creamier consistency that I just like better, so I’m sticking with it. With plain greek yogurt, I tend to sweeten it a little with honey and sometimes add fruit to cut the sourness.
Another greek yogurt brand that I have been loving lately is Yoplait Greek 100. I love these because they come in nice 100-calorie containers and have 14-15 grams of protein, making it another great high-protein snack. I used to only like the vanilla flavor, but I’ve been branching out and trying different flavors like strawberry and blueberry. Since these come with flavor already, I tend to skip the honey and fruit when I’m eating these.
Something else that makes for an easy snack are bars. Over the years, I have tried many, many different kinds of bars, whether they were protein-packed or just your average snack bars, and it’s definitely difficult to find ones that are both healthy and taste good. I saw these RX Bars all over Instagram, and I was immediately drawn to them because of the simple, clean packaging (I guess you could say their marketing technique works well.) But what kept me coming back is the great flavor and healthy ingredients that go into each bar. These are normally 210 calories, but if I’m eating them for a snack, what I like to do is cut them in half to make it a more snack-appropriate size. They are delicious, and I love the fact that they list the ingredients on the front of the package so you know what you’re really eating.
For the longest time I thought these were only available online, but a local grocery store recently started carrying them in-store, so definitely check around for them if you’re interested! My store has had coupons for these as well, so take advantage if you see them. Health products can unfortunately be pretty pricey, so it’s always nice when you can save money here and there!
Lara Bars are another snack that I tend to reach for. Like the RX Bars, they not only have simple, healthy ingredients, but they also tend to taste good as well. I loved eating these last week during my temporary job in Manchester because they’re an easy and fast way to get something healthy when you’re hungry. These have a bunch of interesting and fun flavors, and they’re also vegan, which is great for people who want a snack bar but don’t want the animal products that often come with that.
Going with that same theme of fast and easy options, these light cheese sticks from Frigo are another amazing thing I’ve found for snacks. These are only 50 calories and 7 grams of protein, so what I do is either double up on them or add some fruit or veggies on the side. Having fruit and veggies along with cheese is a great way to get both protein and high-quality carbs all at the same time. Plus, I remember eating these when I was little in my lunch box for school, so it’s always nice to have a little reminder of childhood!
Nuts are another healthy snack that helps keep me full. The problem that I’ve found with nuts is that although they are a great option, the portions tend to be higher-calorie, and it can be difficult for me to stop eating them once I’ve started. Since I know nuts are healthy, I always forget that I have to be careful with how much I’m eating. I like these 100-calorie packs from Emerald because it’s a convenient way to get a serving of nuts without going overboard.
And finally, here’s one of my most recent snack/breakfast go-tos: Premier Protein chocolate shakes. I love drinking these on my running days because they have 30 grams of protein and only one gram of sugar. I would say generally I try not to depend too much on shakes, because real food is obviously the better way to go, but this is good when I need the extra protein to get through a running workout. Do any of you use protein shakes? I’m always looking to try different shakes for my running days, so feel free to leave some advice!
And last but not least, here’s my quick little running update for everyone. Like I mentioned above, I was slacking again and I ended up only getting one running day in. Although I was disappointed in myself for not following through and pushing myself to complete the running program, I will say that I’m pleasantly surprised that I’m still able to run 5 minutes at a time. With two weeks of little running, I was expecting to be huffing and puffing when I finally got back on schedule. Luckily, that wasn’t the case, so I’m feeling very optimistic about what will happen in the future. I’m going to try my very best to stick with the running program from now on, and I’m excited to see how much I will improve in the upcoming weeks!
I hope you all enjoyed finding out about a few of my favorite snacks, as well as my running update for the week. What are your favorite healthy snacks? I’ve found a few great ones, but I tend to get bored fast, so I’m always looking for the next best thing!