Thursday, February 13, 2014

Snack Time!

Thank you so much to all of you who reached out to support me after my last post. I felt like it was time to be more open and honest about myself and I am very thankful to have friends who care.

As I mentioned, I have been making an effort to add more healthy calories into my diet, so I thought I would share some new nutritious foods I have been experimenting with recently.

Chia Seeds.  These things are packed with nutrients like healthy omega-3 fatty acids, carbohydrates, protein, fiber, antioxidants, and calcium.  I learned that if you soak them in water for about an hour, they get gummy and become a perfectly textured topping for a yogurt mess treat like this one...

That is vanilla Greek yogurt with peanut butter, a mashed up homemade blueberry muffin and a teaspoon of chia seeds.

Side note, I may have discovered my favorite healthy fat of them all.  Justin's Maple Almond Butter.  I have been grabbing spoonfuls all day (I am home today - snow day!).

Next I am straying from the snack topic and want to mention my new way of adding calories to my morning oats that I eat when I get to the office.  I did an "Ass and Abs" class at the gym, so it was necessary to add some extra protein into my morning post-workout meal.  Slivered almonds really did the trick. I mixed them in before I could get a pic - sigh.

Oh so tasty.

Here is another fun one.  I have noticed that artificial sweeteners make me bloated, which I translate into my tummy saying "please give me real sugar." So I translate that into one thing...

Dark chocolate.  A friend bought me this bag as a birthday treat and I need to publicly thank her immensely.  Dark chocolate contains cocoa and cocoa contains flavenoids, which may help to lower blood pressure, decrease low-density lipoprotein cholesterol, lower blood clot risk, improve cognitive performance and improve mood.  I can definitely attest to the mood boost after popping one (or two) of these bad boys :)

Six months ago, these additions to my snacks and meals would have caused me a lot of anxiety.  Because I was so focused on consuming as few calories as possible and would often agonize over small nutritious additions to my set meals.

But I think my body has been mad at me for depriving it of the nutrients it needs...sorry body!  Please forgive me! I know these are baby steps, but they are steps none-the-less.

Now back to the snow day...

Anyone else have ideas for adding healthy fats and nutrient-rich calories to your everyday go-to snacks and meals?  I need more ideas!

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