We love food. We've also learned that it's okay to love food and still be healthy and fit.
In fact, when you do it right, you can actually feel totally satisfied and still be in summer body shape. These are the basic principles of our nutrition plan.
Spice up your life
We add flavor to our snacks by tossing in spices and herbs. Keep it seasonal for the biggest bang for your taste bud buck. During the spring and summer time, make a fruit skewer with fresh strawberries, pineapple, coconut and mint. During the fall and winter, blend up your own garlicy hummus! For movie snacks, whip up some popcorn cooked in grapeseed oil and toss it with cinnamon or rosemary and lemon zest.
Burn calories with protein
Certain foods will satisfy you longer than others so you aren't reaching for that chocolate bar at 3 pm. Not only does protein keep hunger at bay, but it also has a thermic effect, causing your body to burn some of the calories you're taking in. Win, win!
We use our organic, non-GMO, plant based Perfect Fit Protein to make smoothies, bars, muffins and desserts ... all waistline friendly. Some of our faves are our lemon honey overnight oats (which are used in our 8 Week Bikini Plan), coconut chica smoothie and chocolate almond bites!
Buy the right things
This sounds so simple, but it's SO true. When you don't buy processed, high fat and sugar snack items, you're going to be way less likely to eat them. Keep only the good stuff in your kitchen, and if you really feel the need to indulge (like we all do at times), don't bring back a whole pack.
Single serve your kitchen
Whenever you buy a big package of snacks like beef jerky, trail mix or a bundle of grapes, separate them into grab and go single servings. Make healthy eating as easy as possible for yourself and you're more likely to stick to it.
Overpack your bag
When you pack your bag for work or school, stash more healthy snacks than you think you'll actually eat. It's better to have an orange or a bag of mixed nuts left over at the end of the day than it is to get hungry and binge on a candy bar.
Top shelf treats
Snack prioritize your kitchen. Make the healthiest, best for you items easiest to grab. Those pre-packaged carrots and hummus or 6 oz Greek yogurt containers? Put them at eye level. That bag of chocolate covered blueberries? Stash those behind your leftovers. When you're hungry and need something ASAP, you're more likely to grab what you see first rather than dig through the fridge.
Options are your friend
Switch up your healthy snacks every few weeks so that you don't get tired of it. Try new recipes and make bulk batches of bars or protein balls for the week.
Often when we think we're hungry, we're actually just dehydrated. We like to dress up our normal water routine with sparkling water and a squeeze of lime. Bring a liter and keep it by your desk with a glass to refill all day long. You'll be surprised by how quickly you end up finishing it this way.
Snacks are a (tasty) part of life and you should never feel deprived or like you're missing out. A little planning goes a long way and ultimately makes things easier on you. Your bikini body will thank you too.
Check out our recent video HERE about sweet treat snacking and how we do it.