It's been crazy hard to work from home , have the kids zoom during school and take care of the house. I now don't try to over complicate things and just try to pick up the easiest options for snacks. My meals have been pretty basic leftovers or stocking up my fridge with precut vegetables and having protein options available. You can print this idea picture and paste it in the kitchen for easy quick ideas and to also remind you to not skip your meals! My motivation to not skip is to always have in mind " if I dont have energy I cant take care of my home" I make it a priority before anything else. I know it can be hard to get distracted with all thats going on but I truly believe if you have time to scroll you have the time to prepare something quick so why not refuel and get back to what needs to get done!
This week I sat down wrote out my work and personal schedule and have appointed days and times for specific things I needed to finish. Typically after the holidays we have so many to do's and this year it seems never ending .... I hope these quick weekly blog posts will give you the tools to motivate you !
I also have some recipes posted below for fun sweet treats I made this week and a few of the snack option recipes like the peanut butter cookies.
In my experience with clients its way better to have a mindset to eat more balanced meals and snacks that will keep you full rather than thinking restrictive eating and cutting back on calories that will help speed weight loss. The cycle remains UNCHANGED ! Restrict, binge , restrict , binge . So why not stop focusing on not allowing yourself to eat something and instead reach for wholesome, fiberous foods, and snacks you love and enjoy that will keep you full. When you are incorporating foods that you like with eating ENOUGH you won't find yourself overeating the foods you like to enjoy on occasion. With clients we focus on how we can change habits, how to replace them with healthier habits , what keeps them full and where to move around food categories to best serve their hunger scale. Sometimes it's not about cutting out but more about what to put in , where and when .
Strawberry Gummy Bears
1 package frozen strawberries defrosted and blended
1 cup filtered water
1 tbsp raw honey
6 tbsp gelatin
½ tbsp lemon juice
In a small pot add all the ingredients and mix with a whisk . Don't let it boil let it cook on medium flame for 5-8 minutes until gelatin is fully incorporated. Using a dropper fill the gummy molds and refrigerate to set.
For the sour sugar coating I used Seaking Health Berry Electrolytes.
Peanut Butter Cookies
Makes 1 dozen
1 cup peanut butter
¼ cup maple syrup
½ tsp. baking soda
½ tsp. sea salt
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 tbsp. chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350F.
Mix ingredients together with hand mixer and fold in dark chocolate chips.
Roll into balls and with a tablespoon scoop onto a sprayed parchment paper and bake for 15 minutes until bottoms are golden.
To shop my pantry items and teddy bear molds head to my amazon shop below.
Coconut Wrap with Apple Butter, chopped almonds , bananas and a drizzle of raw honey
Avocado Toast with Chili Flakes
Yogurt with Berries
Crudite Mason Jars
Variety of Nut Packets
Cracker Options( Simple Mills, Jillz , Hu Kitchen)
Eggplant Dip, Pepper Dip, Hummus, Olives, Saurkraut, Tahini, Veggie Dips etc.
Hard Boiled Eggs and Avocado ( doesn't need to be fancy but you can store hard boiled eggs in the fridge and have avocados ready to eat)