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Saturday, January 11, 2014

Weekly Challenge: Snack Attack!!!

Happy Saturday! I hope you're having a fantastic weekend of fun with friends and family! So what did you think of the sleep challenge? How did it go? My baby definitely wanted to make sure it was a challenge for me this week :) Teething has been brutal for the little guy, that's for sure. I had to catch a few naps throughout the week to make up for days short of 7-9 hours. I typically function best on 8 or 9 hours a night where my husband does just fine with about 7. You'll have to figure out what amount makes you feel best!

If you've been sleep-deprived for a long time, it will likely take longer than a week of improved & longer sleep to feel consistently more alert throughout the day and to help get hormones firing at the right times again. It's worth it, so keep it up!

I can't believe this week is already over! On to the next challenge...
We know that at some point it's going to hit... a snack attack! Hopefully, we're doing our bodies justice by keeping them nourished with the best satiating foods but inevitably, we're going to need a snack at some point. We definitely don't want to get caught unprepared! So the challenge for the week is to have snacks all ready to go for when that moment comes. You may want to prepare a few in the evenings or pick an hour one day and get a bunch of snacks ready.

Especially if you travel or spend a lot of time away from good food options or a microwave to heat up some tasty leftovers, you'll want to have snack-like foods ready that can be thrown together to make a lunch. Those types of lunches are actually some of my husband's favorites!

There are few pre-packaged items I consider a healthful snack because of all the chemicals, random fillers, preservatives, and sugar that end up in them. Here's some ideas of snacks we like to have ready:
  • Veggies - I typically pre-bag baby carrots, celery sticks, cucumbers, & bell peppers
  • Fruit - Usually berries, apples, or citrus 
  • Jerky
  • Almond butter (2 T serving)- I typically eat it with celery or an apple 
  • Coconut butter - It's really delicious with apples
  • Nuts - 1/4 cup is a good serving size 
  • Boiled egg 
  • 85% Dark chocolate - Green & Blacks brand is amazing!
I really like to use the snack size ziploc bags (like they're going out of style!) & small disposable containers to help with appropriate portions. I assume most of us have fallen victim to mindless eating, especially when we're snacky, so having the serving already portioned out can really help with that! I also use little tupperware to keep snacks to eat at home, to help minimize waste.

What snacks do you like to have ready for on-the-go or when a snack attack hits?