Snacks?

Greek yogurt, frozen peaches and walnuts. Perfect snack!

Greek yogurt, frozen peaches and walnuts. Perfect snack!

So I am a massive fan of snacking! It keeps my energy high all day, keeps me from gorging myself during main meals when I’m starving but most of all it keeps me happy! I love eating and if I can do it 6 times a day with 6 different foods even better!

Here is a rundown of my meal habits and how I keep my body fuelled and happy 🙂

Best breakfast in the world!

Best breakfast in the world!

6:30am breakfast in bed with the husband. 1/2 cup oatmeal (with ground flax seed, cinnamon, Greek yogurt, goji berries, and berries)

9am start my morning snack which is usually a bag full of chopped veggies. I eat these during work a few bites at a time.

11:30/12 lunch! Leftovers from dinner the night before OR popcorn OR beans, tuna, sweet corn, mustard

2pm light afternoon snack before my workout. Usually a few spoons of Greek yogurt and fruit. Sometimes a small bowl of granola, fruit, nuts, and seeds depending on how hungry I am after lunch and depending on my workout or theday.

4pm post workout snack; usually a chocolate protein shake and fruit

6pm DINNER! Always tasty and loaded with veggies.

I usually don’t eat after dinner. I will have tea or if I’m watching a film or feeling a bit hungry then ill have a bit of air popped popcorn (a super-food snack idea).

Baked Sweet potato, greek yogurt, cinnamon, walnuts. PERFECTION!

Baked Sweet potato, greek yogurt, cinnamon, walnuts. PERFECTION!

So that is my baseline for most weekdays. It changes when I’m not working or on weekends. I thought I would share a few of my bigger snack ideas I usually have on days off work when I don’t eat as regularly and find myself a bit more hungry.

Sweet potatoes, eggs, and porridge!!! Three of natures best foods. Yesterday I had breakfast at 11 and didn’t feel hungry for lunch so about 2pm I had sweet potato chips and a fried egg. Sometimes ill have a baked sweet potto with Greek yogurt, cinnamon, and walnuts and other days ill have a few scrambled eggs and some sautéed veggies.

One of my favorites and old standbys is either greek yogurt or cottage cheese, ground flax seed, and some frozen fruit. Eaten right out of the tub, it really doesnt get any easier or tastier than this.
So my snacks and meals do tend to vary but it is always clean, healthy and very tasty!

Homemade Granola! Ready to be put onto  Greek Yogurt!

Homemade Granola! Ready to be put onto Greek Yogurt!
Sweet potato chips and a fried egg. Great protein rich, filling snack or mini-meal

Sweet potato chips and a fried egg. Great protein rich, filling snack or mini-meal

Easiest/healthiest snack ever!

Easiest/healthiest snack ever!

Low fat cottage cheese, frozen blueberries, and ground flax. SUPER FOOD SUPER GOOD!

Low fat cottage cheese, frozen blueberries, and ground flax. SUPER FOOD SUPER GOOD!

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What to eat on a day trip?

Easy to grab, veggies

Easy to grab, veggies

Granola bars about to be baked

Granola bars about to be baked

So tomorrow we are heading out on an overnight trip, yay fun! But it has the potential to make eating healthy a bit tricky so were going out prepared 🙂

So after Andy and I went out for an evening run we set to work! We’ve cut up carrots, celery, cucumber, mushrooms, and broccoli for munchy snacks and then also filled a ziplock with dried fruit and nuts. Then I decided to go a bit cray-cray and make a few travel treats to keep us full during two full days of walking.

COOKIES!
I make the most wonderful banana-oatmeal cookies! I got the recipe from Blogilates where I get a lot of my recipes from. Here’s the recipe: 1 banana…1 cup of oats. THAT’S IT! Mash them together, put on a cookie sheet and you have delicious sweet cookies. I added some flax seed, cinnamon, and goji berries to mine. You can put all sorts of add ins into them 🙂

Easiest cookies ever!

Easiest cookies ever!

Then I tried a new recipe from a cookbook I just bought from Jennifer Blossom. I followed her on Facebook. She is an awesome inspirational woman who is a fitness coach, has a very well balanced realistic outlook in family and fitness and has just launched her first cookbook on her new website. Check her out!

He's already tucked into them :)

He’s already tucked into them 🙂

So I decided to make granola bars and they were an absolute hit with the husband. Super easy, lots of flavour, and they have chocolate! They have things like banana, oats, coconut, cinnamon, and other tasty things. Lets just say that I couldn’t even get a photo before Andy dove right into them 🙂 I have to wrap them up quick before any more disappear 😉

Yummy yummy travel food! We also have some sandwiches and fruit that were taking along with us for lunches on the journey. Cheap, easy, healthy and most important- TASTY!

I love food so much 😛

What’s for breakfast?

Perfect breakfast!So it is tradition that every morning Monday-Friday Andy makes me breakfast in bed! What a great tradition eh? He makes 1/2 Cup porridge with cinnamon, ground flax seed, and goji berries mixed in. 1/4 Cup low fat Greek Yogurt on top and some frozen berries. It really is the perfect breakfast! I could eat it all day long if I could 🙂 It keeps me going and fills me up with all the good healthy things that I need for the day. On Saturday Andy makes me a cooked breakfast with baked beans, eggs, veggies, and fruit. Sunday is my day 🙂 I usually make pancakes. I make many different sorts of pancakes but my two main types are my banana pancakes and my sweet potato pancakes.

Yummy baby banana pancakes!

Yummy baby banana pancakes!

Banana Pancakes (makes 10 little baby pancakes) :

  • 2 Bananas
  • 1 Egg
  • Dash of baking powder
  • Cinnamon (optional)
  • Crushed Walnuts (optional)
    Mash it all up and make into tasty pancakes. I like to top mine with low fat Greek Yogurt.
Sweet potato pancake heating up!

Sweet potato pancake heating up!

Sweet Potato Pancakes (makes 3 big daddy pancakes)

  • 1 sweet potato mashed without skin (microwave potato for 6-8 minutes then scoop out insides and you have mashed sweet potato!)
  • 1/2 C. Oats
  • 1 Egg
  • Large dash of Baking Powder
  • Dash of Cinnamon (optional)
  • Crushed Walnuts (optional)
  • Milk
    Mash up all the ingredients and add milk until you have a desired consistency. I use 1/2 Cup measuring cup as a scoop and top mine with low fat Greek Yogurt and either jam or microwaved frozen berries. Andy goes a bit cray-cray and puts anything on it. He thinks they are either sweet or savory and tops them with Hummus, Quark, Cayenne, mustard, peanut butter, jam, horseradish, and anything else he can find. Today he chose peanut butter, quark, and cinnamon on two of them and hummus, cayenne, chili sauce on the other one. I love it! Cracks me up!  So that is the most wonderful start to a sunday morning. Pancakes in bed with my best friend
Sweet Potato Pancakes in all their glory!

Sweet Potato Pancakes in all their glory!