I need some ideas! I've been getting up at 445 am and hitting boot camp at the YMCA at 530. I work a few nights a week until 830pm. I'm so starving when it's meal time because of my work outs! My husband has been going to the store and his snack choices have been LAYS and grandma's cookies! I am not taking anything because I don't want to think I'm getting up before dawn for not! Then I'm starving. So if you had to pack something to shove down in 5mins between clients what would you take?
apple with almond butter is a filling snack
Favorite snacks: whole almonds (we prefer roasted and lightly salted) dried cherries or cranberries, each week I buy several types of veggies and cut them up ahead of time for easy access, such as carrots, celery, jicama, pea pods, so easy to grab a handful or put some in a small container to snack on. Also apples really are great for when I am feeling extra hungry between meals, they definitely fill me up!
my favorite snack for the last few months (I do an 8:30 a.m. boot camp class!) is a scoop of peanut butter covered in fresh blueberries. it may sound weird, but it's really yum :)
Cutting the veggies ahead of time is a good idea. One week I had him get me a veggie tray. They are actually really good/reasonable at SAMS - maybe I need to run over there today . . .
I've never had almond butter -- is it something they carry at the regular grocery store?
Lexie do you love boot camp? I'm really having fun with it
I just eat fruits and veggies. My new fave is kohlrabi. Popcorn is good, too, but just stay away from the buttered kind. Air-popped is best. What about yogurt? All of the thing I have suggested give you happy poop. Happy poop=happy you!
Just a tip, though. If you eat nuts, a serving is like a tiny, little handful. Baby-sized.
I forgot homemade kale chips! They are all the rage right now. I don't think they are that great, but I seem to be the only one among my healthy-eating friends who isn't madly in love with them.
I also make homemade hummus and bean dips. I use a fraction of the olive oil that's in the pre-made kind. Just chick peas, lemon juice, and garlic. I skip the tahini, too. I eat with raw brocolli, carrots, snow peas, jicama, red bell pepper, etc... Beans, like nuts, are pretty caloric, so watch your portion size.
Rachel--Yes! I love it, which is weird because I have always hated exercising :) I've been going since February and hate to miss a class.
I would eat nuts if I didn't have much time. They fill you up, are easy to pack and eat and are good for you. You don't have to eat many of them and your blood sugar isn't spiked by them.
I do crossfit which is like boot camp and I know what you mean about the snacking - I don't want to undo all my hard work......it's definately important for me to eat a protein and carb otherwise I'm starving i. e. if I just ate an apple I'd be starving quickly after.....so
apple and peanut butter (my kids fave)
apple or fruit and small amount nuts (almonds, walnuts)
those small packs (they are green - emerald nut brand I think) that have nuts, dried cherries)
I also have recently gone gluten free and love larabars for a quick fix - it really seems to fit my nutritional needs without making me starving soon after
great job on bootcamp - it feels so good doesn't it (and I hate to exercise but feel so good after!)
High protein diet is what I'd recommend. Egg whites if you can ot a protein bar (drink water with that)
Raspberries, egg whites, slices of fat free turkey in a bag, other fruits or veggies, brown rice cakes with nut butter or humus.
I find all of those things easy and quick - maybe spread them out through the day and have several options. I also bring left overs of dinner and nibble at that through out the day.
Larabars are great for quick and on the go. Love all the different flavors. There's nothing artificial in the ingredients. Like the cashew cookie bar- it just says cashews and dates. That's it :)
I'm enjoying this thread, there are some great ideas!! I want to try the almond butter!
@lilkoala - any info. on how to make the kale chips? I'd like to try those. thanks!
Here is the recipe for kale chips that I use. I LOVE THEM!!
I love frozen red grapes! Like candy!
kale chips are easy. just toss in olive oil and salt and pepper.. or garlic powder.. or red chili flakes. whatever tickles your pickle. then put them in the oven at 350 until they brown on the tips. definitely make sure they're dry otherwise it steams. they make your kitchen stink, but they taste good.
Yep, what they said. I use as little olive oil as possible to keep calories down. You don't need much. I use a salad spinner to dry the leaves before I bake them. I sprinkle a bit of black pepper, too.
Coming from the girl who just ate oreos as a snack, this probably lacks value... haha. However, I love eating veggies such as carrot sticks and fruits such as grapes, apples, raspberries, etc. And, I read online somewhere (think I'm going to try it out this week) about making your own potato chips. You get a potato and cut the slices paper thin. And, then you pop it in the microwave and it's a healthier version than the bagged chips! :) Here's a link to the recipe I found on Pinterest: http://www.foodgal.com/2010/01/microwave-potato-chips-really/
ETA: I second Lissa's kale chip suggestion. My aunt made some for the family over Thanksgiving and they're addicting!
I get the munchies around 9 or 10 at night when you're not suppose to eat. I usually cut up an apple, sometimes with a tiny dollop of peanut butter. I also love munching on sugar snap peas.
I've been doing the South Beach Diet since March - my favorite super high protein snack is a handful of almonds (preferably raw) and a low fat cheese stick.
So I took a trip to the new organic market in town this afternoon on a break and got almond butter -- just tried it on a banana - so yum. I got some all natural granola bars, some quinoa to make some salads i've been pinning, and now I want to try the kale chips. The hummous and veggies sounds really good too!