The past few weeks, I’ve felt like I’m in a snack rut. Generally, I’ve felt like I haven’t been eating nearly as healthy as I want to. I eat healthy on average, but I feel like I’ve become lazy with getting WHOLE foods into my diet.
I’ve also had a busier than usual and ever-changing work schedule lately. The busier I get, the lazier I seem to get with healthy eating. I guess somewhere in my head I think that I don’t have time to eat healthy if I’m busy. Thus, my easy go-to snack these days are snack bars. Quick, portable, and no prep at all.
What I really mean, though, is that I am a snack bar addict. Check out my snack stash.
Could be worse, right? That’s what I always tell myself when I get snack bars. I could be eating snack bars with high fructose corn syrup. I could be eating cookies instead. And I realize Cheez-its are not snack bars, but they were with all my snacky stuff in the pantry. Oh, and I NEVER buy Cheez-its. This is a new low.
Anyway – snack bars are still processed. And they’re kind of like a sweet to me. I just got into BelVita a few weeks back. I seriously am addicted to the blueberry one. But when I was chowing down on one the other day, my hubby comes over and asks, “What are those?” I have no idea what kind of smarty pants answer I tried to muster up to claim that BelVita was “healthy,” but he responded with, “So, it’s basically a cookie.”
The hubs is right (yes, dear, I admit it). Truthfully, it’s a substitute cookie for me. Most snack bars are sweet, have sugar, or have chocolate. How the heck can that really be “healthy?” Why am I not eating fresh fruit or something better?
Some healthy snack options I came up with instead of snack bars are…
- hummus & pita bread or fresh veggies
- an apple with peanut butter or cheese
- fruit salad
- a pear
- mixed veggies: peppers, cucumbers, carrots, celery
- Greek yogurt & granola
- ants on a log!
I’m totally digging on pears lately. Mmm!
Much better than a chocolate covered snack bar with 90% organic slapped on it, eh?
Time for change? Yes, please. I feel as if
every day every now and then, my eating habits need a good swift kick in the butt and they need some VARIETY. So the other night I decided…
— Melissa(@free2bimperfect) March 7, 2013
I almost succeeded! The only processed thing I bought were some Newman’s Own Fig Newtons for the hubby’s lunch because I know he likes them.
Veg out on Veggies
My husband and I agreed this week that we really don’t do a very good job of eating our veggies. We decided to come up with meals that would incorporate more veggies.
Oh, hiiii, Veggies!
This week for dinner, some veggie-filled meals we’re eating are…
- BBQ chicken & corn (not the best veggie, but we love corn)
- Pork roast with mushroom rissotto (from scratch) and brussel sprouts
- Asian noodle bowls, made with mixed stir fry veggies
- Tomato soup & paninis
- BLTs! Lettuce & tomato count, right?
And for lunch, some veg-ified meals I’m having are…
- Veggie wrap: sauteed onions, peppers, and zucchini in a whole wheat tortilla with cheese
- Chicken, tomato, spinach, & pesto panini
- Chicken quesadilla with peppers & onions
- Mango green smoothie (mango, banana, spinach, water)
I’m not trying to eat only veggies. But this is a small step in the right direction. I even managed to clean out the fridge after grocery shopping today.
And trust me, a full veggie drawer is usually a rare occurance in this household!
Questions for you:
- Favorite & least favorite veggie?
- What’s your opinion on snack bars?