In my last post I said that my goal is to run a 5k…
It still is my goal, but I mean the outdoor, wind-in-your-face, start-finish line, people cheering you on kind of 5k with hundreds of other people.
Well…yesterday I challenged myself to run a 5k distance on the treadmill…AND I did it!! With the little cheerleader in my head (who looks an awful-lot like my husband ;-)) cheering me on and envisioning running across that finish line in my imaginary 5k, I did it!
I ran 3.106 miles in 35 minutes and 53 seconds! I was so stinkin’ proud of myself that I ran the last 4+ minutes to make it a full 40 minute run (3.76 miles total)!!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂
I was so impressed with myself yesterday that I did it AGAIN today! (YAY Me!)
While I was running I was thinking about the different things that I could write about here…(It’s amazing where your mind can “run” when you are running…get it…run…LOL!) 🙂
And something that popped into my head are my go to low-calorie, fast, easy snacks. This is something that I often struggled with when I was first beginning my weight loss journey. I always seemed to be hungry between meals and didn’t know what to grab to satisfy the food monster that lives in my belly.
I now have an arsenal of go to snacks and I thought it might be nice to share.
The first one you might remember having as a kid…Ants on a Log.
*Note: My pictures aren’t the greatest because my camera is 7583427932 years old (ok…so I exaggerated a wee bit) and the lighting in my kitchen stinks, but you’ll get the idea.
- 2 stalks celery, ends trimmed
- 1 tbsp Peanut Butter (You can use whatever nut butter you prefer)
- 1/8 cup dried plum pieces (traditionally you use raisins, but I like the dried plum pieces instead)
This is about 158 calories (give or take depending on your nut butter and dried fruit).
Right not I’m particularly loving these 100 cal Greek yogurts from Yoplait because they are good by themselves as a snack, but I also love to throw a container (well, not the container) of it into my green smoothies! Lots of flavor and protein without a lot of calories…Yum!
I LOVE cheese….but cheese, sadly, is loaded with fat and calories. With string cheese you get the delicious cheesy flavor without a lot of calories. I tend to choose string cheese (also called cheese sticks) that are 50 calories or less per stick. I’m digging the Polly-o mozzarella/cheddar twists…
Now I love all nuts: peanuts, cashews, almonds, Brazil nuts, my family….(JK!), but these awesome nuts are conveniently packaged in 100 calorie portions, so you can’t go wrong! My favorite are the dry roasted!
Crunchy Rice Rolls
My mom introduced me to these yummy little treats! (Thank you to Trader Joe’s for always being clever with snacking options…LOVE Trader Joe’s!) These lightly sweet, crunchy sticks are rather large and only 45 calories per stick! That’s 90 calories for 2!
Peanut Butter Cheese Crackers
ohhhhh…yet another thing I LOVE! These are so yummy…the regular packages of these sandwich crackers are actually a little high in calories, but these are genius! They are perfectly portioned to satisfy that peanut butter-cracker craving and only 100 calories per pack! Unfortunately, these are very hard to find at the store, but my lovely in-laws live where they sell them, so we tend to stock up when we visit!
Now, I have to admit…I have never been a very big fan of pickles. Recently, however, I’ve been enjoying the salty/sour tang of these ZERO calorie little gems! (Did you see that ZERO? Here it is again….ZERO!!) I’m sure if you ate enough of these there would be a calorie in there somewhere (besides the boatload of sodium), but you’d have to eat A LOT!
These are for that sweet tooth! These are deliciously sweet for not many calories…the Outshine Bars are only 60 calories per bar and have yummy chunks of fruit in them. The Yasso Greek Yogurt bars are 80 calories per bar and soooo creamy it’s hard to believe they are only 80 calories. Both of these come in a wonderful variety of flavors….can you tell I like the coconut flavor??
Dark Chocolate Bites
Who doesn’t LOVE chocolate?!? Even those of us trying to be good with our calories and food deserve a little bite of chocolate every now and then…plus dark chocolate is good for us! I keep these little packets of dark chocolate bites in my pantry and pull out a packet when I NEED that little chocolate bite! A packet is 120 calories, but I usually only eat ONE PIECE and leave the opened package on the counter for the rest of the week… I have one bite per day (usually after lunch) and that satisfies my need for chocolate for that day. (You’re probably either thinking I’m nuts or lying…but it’s true!)
This is only a snippet of my snack arsenal, but I hope you found something new or rediscovered an old fave. Please let me know what your fave go-to snacks are…I love variety and would love to try something new!
Happy (& Healthy) snacking! 🙂