I have something SERIOUS to get off my chest y’all… I bet you and I are a lot a like – on the go all the time, trying to ‘do it all’ and while at it you have a pretty good nutrition AND that brings me to get down and serious! —> What the heck happens in the afternoon, somewhere between 2-3pm and ALL I want to do is to EAT ANYTHING in the weight of my own body weight. All my goals go out the window, all my “balance” disappears and this mama is just stuffing her face.
Do ya hear me..?
As I’ve been working so hard on being more aware of myself, my feelings, my hormones, my habits etc. I’ve been DETERMINED to come up with better, but still satisfying QUICK meals. And I found that I’m actually really good at it – when I sit down and do it!
But that brought me to the next problem… When you research this on the world wide web all you see is MEAL PREP. And the truth is that I don’t like to meal prep. If it works for you, great! But yep, I’m one of those “weird” or maybe normal… depending how you look at it… mamas who don’t want to eat the same meal over and over – and honestly – I don’t even like left overs which meal prep is all about!
Now my lunches I have a great routine with – I just whip up a power bowl with my super foods, and if I feel like mixing it up I’ll make a shake. But in the afternoon I turn into this different MOMSTER that just want to EAT.
With that being said! There are things I NOW do to HELP myself stay on track as we are back in a routine at our new house and now when I’m determined to get back to me (as my last challenge group was called!)
Here are some tips that I think you may like to!
-I keep baby bell peppers, cucumbers, carrots, cauliflower and broccoli washed & ready to snack on when I want crunch. Sometimes I just eat them as is, sometimes I dip them in hummus or my own fave protein Greek Yogurt dip. It’s ridiculous how easy it is – grab plain Greek yogurt, mix in spices of your choice, I usually go for garlic powder & pink Himalayan salt and pepper. And dip away!
-Roasted chick peas are the shizzle! Recipe HERE.
-Greek yogurt is my “back again on the shelf” go to after noon snack. I avoided all dairy for a while – but Greek Yogurt, cottage cheese and Cheese are the 3 things that I’ve brought back into my life and I’m so much happier now! Do ya feel me!
I always buy the big plain tub and portion it out with my fix container “red” and then top it with whatever I want. Honey is a favorite! Sometimes fresh berries, sometimes a little jelly. Oats, chia seeds, nuts, coconut – the options are ENDLESS.
-Boiled EGGS has become my best friend. Easy, cheap and fast! I’ll take 3 please!
-My fruit bowl on the counter is always full. A banana with some peanut butter – and apple and some almonds – A pear with a cheese stick and some walnuts – a Orange with some cinnamon sprinkled on top.
PREPARATION is the key! If I PLAN ahead of time with a healthy snack, I will eat that. Especially on the days when I’ve been running around like a chicken with it’s head off.
If you haven’t noticed yet – a fruit or a veggie combined with a PROTEIN is perfect to hold you off until it’s time for dinner!
And HERE is a great FUN recipe that I think may rock your socks off. Don’t let the color scare ya – it’s so so so good and filled with healthy fats, protein and FLAVOR.
This avocado smash that I call it was my GO TO when I lived in a small little studio apartment at 19-20 years old in Stockholm, Sweden. I then usually added it all in a tortilla or ate it on a toast. But since I’ve been on a boiled egg kick lately, I just stuffed it in there this time and it was a HIT for my taste buds! My little ones ate it with some chips!
You can add this smash on a whole wheat toast, wasa crisp bread, egg halves, whole wheat tortilla, chips, or eat it as a side with some grilled chicken and quinoa. The possibilities are endless!
And OH, you can change the flavor depending on what salsa you add in there. Today I had a mango salsa, but I would go with a not so sweet salsa instead – but it’s tots up to you!
1 avocado, mashed.
1 red container (about half a cup) or cottage cheese. I used 1% small curd – any will due!
1 TBSP finely chopped red onion.
1 heaping spoon of your favorite salsa.
Add salt, pepper & garlic powder. Cilantro if you have some. And mix it up and add it on what ever you feel like that day!
Hope your week is going amazing so far.
Remember you are flipping AMAZING, being imperfect is “cool” and you are made for more – so never settle!
Just wing it!