Healthy Snack Alternatives: My Personal Favorites

One of my biggest guilty pleasures is snacking. I couldn’t possibly get through the day with just eating three meals. When I first started my weight loss journey, my hardest challenge was letting go of the snacks. It took me a little while to get into the groove of completely changing my eating habits. I attempted to completely cut out snacks and just eat strictly three meals a day, but nope. I couldn’t do it. After researching meal plans, I decided to incorporate two to three snacks into my daily eating routine. Of course, those snacks couldn’t be chips and cookies, I wish though, so I found my own personal favorites that I wanted to share. With these extra snacks in my day, I still lost close to 50 pounds.

Biggest part of snacking is the serving size. I make sure to measure out each snack and eat the correct serving size amount. It can be as simple as buying pre-packaged 100 calorie snacks or measuring them yourself using a food scale. Either way works, you just never want to overeat a snack, because that defeats the purpose.

Quest Bars. My number one favorite. These bars fill me up long enough between meals that I’m completely satisfied. They come in so many flavors you’ll never get bored of eating them. They are packed with protein and other healthy nutrition. They also have protein cookies and chips, check them out here!

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Raw Almonds. The nutrients in almonds are so great for you! Healthy fats, Vitamin E, Calcium, Magnesium… the list goes on! Not only do they have great nutrients, they help manage weight, lower cholesterol, improve digestive health, and lowers the risk of heart disease. I usually buy the Blue Diamond 100 Packs for a perfect on the go snack.

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Frozen Yogurt Blueberries. These are great when I am craving some ice cream. I get some vanilla greek yogurt, dip the blueberries in it, freeze them and that’s it. Another easy on the go snack, and totally kid approved! My son will eat these up.

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Peanut Butter Protein Bites. These are my go to when I want something sweet. They have just enough chocolate to curb my cravings and get my sweet tooth under control. This is another protein packed snack that keeps me full throughout the day. Check out my no bake, five ingredient recipe here!

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Rice Cakes with Peanut Butter. Another sweet snack for me (can you tell I like sweets?). I buy the Quaker Apple Cinnamon Rice Cakes, spread the serving size amount of creamy peanut butter on top and enjoy. Quick, easy, and delicious!

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Try them out and let me know what you think! What are your favorite healthy snacks? I’d love to hear!

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Weight Loss Journey: Round 2

Hey Everyone!

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In one of my first blog posts ever (check it out!), I talked about my weight loss journey and how I overcame major back surgery and lost close to 50 pounds. That was a major accomplishment for me and I pride myself every day for how far I have come since giving birth to my son in 2013.

With my second pregnancy I didn’t gain half as much and I bounced back so quickly throughout my little girls first year of life. Of course, having a toddler in the mix helped tremendously, but I was so dedicated on what I ate and how often I worked out.

But I’ve slacked off lately, bad. With all the stress of raising two kids, holidays, and planning parties I’ve gotten majorly off track. I’ve started to pile up the excuses, but not anymore.

So! Here I am again, ready to start back up this fit mom mission again. I’ve gained back close to 20 pounds since before I met my husband, and I hate it. I can feel it in my everyday activities, and sadly, the back pain has recently started back up. Luckily, it’s not even half as bad as before, but I’m not risking the chance of going through another surgery. My babies need their mama and I can’t be out of commission for a few months healing from another major surgery. So, after a hospital visit, MRI, and visiting a few specialists, I’m going to a physician on Friday to receive some back injections to help alleviate the pain and get me back on the right track.

I’m going to share a lot of my progress on my blog, including my daily workout routines, healthy meals, and what I do to keep my head on straight while trying to still raise two little ones and keep a happy home. I enjoy sharing my progress and attempting to motivate others along the way. I also have a fitness profile on Instagram, where I enjoy posting a lot of my journey (follow me of course!)

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My big motivation isn’t the scale, it’s the progress photos. Be ready to see a lot of those. I’ve come to learn that the scale is junk. Yes, seeing the numbers go down is one fantastic feeling, but feeling great in your clothes (and selfies) is even better and mama loves her selfies. As much as I enjoy cardio also, I’m going to incorporate a lot of weights into the mix. I want to feel toned and strong, not just lean and thin.

We all want to be the best mother to our kids, and this is one way I feel the most confident as a mother. My surgery happened at a really young age, which is very uncommon. I constantly have the fear that I am going to be unable to keep up with my children due to this injury, so staying in shape is a big priority for me. I’m doing this for my kids so I can run around with them at the playground and be involved in all their sporting activities. I like to show that even with the setback that I had, anything is possible if you put your mind to it.

I’m excited for round two of this journey and to be the best mama I can possibly be.

I hope you stick around for it!

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Tips To Prevent Nightly Binge Eating

Happy Sunday Ya’ll!

With a new week ahead of us, it’s time for a fresh start! I wanted to share some of my own personal tips when it comes to binge eating at night. I don’t know about you all, but during the evening is the hardest for me when it comes to wanting to munch. I do great throughout the day, but once my husband comes home from work and my kids eat dinner, they can eat whatever they want and not gain a pound. I’m not so lucky. I watch my husband eat and gain the pounds. So, I started to incorporate some ways to refrain from binge eating at night. In the end, it all boils down to self-control. You need to tell your mind you don’t need those chips or those delicious chocolate chip cookies. Everyone has their own ways to refrain from overeating, but here are a few of mine that seem to work out great!

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  1. Drink Water. This is a pretty common tip. Drinking tons of water tricks your mind into thinking you are full. So, when your body tells you they want a snack, chug a glass of water. You should feel fuller and that craving will hopefully subside. Water is the best thing you could possibly drink when trying to lose weight.

 

  1. Brush Your Teeth. For me, after I brush my teeth I don’t want to eat anything. For some reason, when my teeth are clean and that minty taste is stuck in my mouth, I don’t want to get rid of it. It also curbs my hunger immensely. Plus, you can never brush your teeth too many times. It’s a win win.

 

  1. Eat When Your Kids Eat. I am the Queen of picking off my kid’s plate when they are eating dinner. If they don’t want their chicken nuggets, I’ll grab it. Don’t even get my started on stealing french fries. I’ve learned to have my meal prepared at the same time as theirs so I can concentrate more on eating my food then theirs. Then when they are finished, I take it right to the trash can and dump it out. No more picking for this Mama.

 

  1. Walk Away From The Kitchen. If you’re not eating, don’t sit in the kitchen. It’ll give you the urge to rummage through the cabinets. If my husband or kids decide to eat before I’m hungry, I make their plates and either walk in the living room, or clean the house a little (vacuum, dust, work in laundry, etc.). I try not to think about food until I’m ready for my meal.

 

  1. Whiten Your Teeth. Yes, this is a totally crazy tip, but one of my favorites! I’ve recently gotten into whitening my teeth. I’ll put the strips on for an hour a day, and of course you can’t eat while you have them in. With all that said, the perfect time for whitening is in the evening. I’ll put those on, and it’ll keep me from eating for a good hour. Plus, your teeth get whiter! Another win!

 

  1. Exercise. When you get the urge to eat, just start working out. Do a few squats, hop in the treadmill for a little. Exercising seems to control your hunger. Just sweat that craving right out of you, and you’ll feel better then you did before. Also, if I work out right before dinner, I tend to feel fuller with my meal.

 

  1. Have Snacks During The Day. When I say have snacks, I don’t mean grab a handful of chips or eat some chocolate. In between meals during the day, have a small snack. Eat some almonds or a protein bar. I like to eat three meals a day and two snacks in between those meals. This really helps me from picking at night.

 

8. Keep Motivation All Around Your House. Post some pictures on your refrigerator of some fitness quotes, or the body you are working towards. I have my letter board in my living room to remind me every day that ‘I Got This’ and I can do whatever I put my mind too. I take one glance as those motivational posts, and hop right back on track.

 

Give some of these tips a try and let me know what you think! As I said before, these are tips that personally help me. Don’t get discouraged if they aren’t effective for you. Do some trial and error, research and find what’s best for your body and mind. But always remember to try and have self-control.

Follow my fitness page for extra motivation! @kcunnifit

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