Over the summer, I was really proud of all the hard work I put into an exercise routine, and relatively healthy eating. I worked really hard to cut down on the sweets (didn't always happen so well ALL of the time, thanks PMS), get in enough servings of fruits and vegetables, and eat things that would make me feel good about myself, and that I knew was beneficial to me in the future (as in foods rich with Omega-3, or antioxidants).
Luckily for me, I'm a huge fan of fruits and veggies, so eating healthy wasn't really that difficult, especially when my mom has a massive garden (seriously, it takes over 1/3 of our big property), where there are vegetables all over the place. Inside my house, it is filled with fresh, organic fruits my mom picks up at Whole Foods or a farmer's market. It's pretty easy to stay on track and be healthy when you're surrounded by options. I finally hit my ideal weight, and lost ALL of the freshman 15 (or 20) that I gained the first two years of college.
Enter my return to college. All of a sudden, I'm on my own, without a huge budget to allow me to buy every single fruit available at Whole Foods, and the dining commons at my school offering nothing but foods ridden with high fat, sugar, or sodium (no joke, I went to get a quesedilla made with low-fat cheese the other day...the sodium on it was 1,000 mg!). The healthy options are minimal - even when you go up to get vegetables (like green beans or carrots, etc) they are literally doused in butter, draining any nutritional value right out of it. Since being back at school, my weight has just constantly been fluctuating, which is okay, I'm not so worried about the weight aspect (okay, a little), but it's more the fact that my school is constantly serving processed foods, or foods that are really, truly bad for you.
There is a salad bar, but I've been back at school now since August 25, and they have had the same options laying out on the salad bar since we got here... I don't know about all of you, but I need some variety with my salads, so I don't get sick of it!
Anyway, as always when I don't really know what to do, I turn to Ms. Martha Stewart. I went onto her website this morning, just for inspiration, and the first thing on the homepage that I laid my eyes on was "Healthy Snacks." Perfect!
These all look so unbelievably delicious (which I think is really important when you're trying to eat better...no one wants to eat something that tastes like cardboard!) and are all incredibly healthy as well. I know for me, when I want a snack, I go for the ice cream, or toast with Nutella, or something that might satisfy a craving, but leaves me feeling a little gross after.
If you click on the title of all these snacks, it will take you to the recipe so you can make these fabulous snacks yourself!
Double Dark Chocolate and Ginger Biscotti
84 calories, 1g protein, 4g fat, 10g carbs, 1g fiber
Papaya Berry Yogurt Parfaits
164 calories, 5g protein, 1g fat, 38g carbs, 5g fiber
51 calories, 2g protein, 2g fat, 8g carbs, 3g fiber
Berry "Pizza" (I think this looks a-mazinggg!)
187 calories, 13g fat, 14g carbs, 5g protein
Banana Yogurt Smoothie
245 calories, 9g protein, 4g fat, 49g carbs, 4g fiber
Sun-Dried Tomato and Artichoke Dip
Blueberry Breakfast Shake
(I think this looks too good for words!)
What are your favorite healthy snacks? (And what are your favorite UNHEALTHY snacks...because lets face it...we all need to indulge!).
Any fun weekend plans?
Ah, today I'm surprising J and taking him to the MuteMath concert in Philly (they're his favorite band). I have EVERY detail planned, 5:30 p.m. restaurant reservations at this really, really cute restaurant. I'm super excited! He knows we're going somewhereeee but doesn't know where we're going, or what we're doing! I love surprises! =)
Currently watching: He's Just Not That Into You with my roommate.