Slender Sweet Nothings

Slender Sweet Nothings: simple tips for packing a healthy lunch for work or school! | The Slender Student

1. A little prep goes a long way. Go ahead and chop up your heartier veggies (cucumber, onions, mushrooms, celery, etc.) and store them in Ziploc baggies the day you buy them. This makes throwing a sandwich or salad together a no-brainer either the night before or the morning of a busy day. Pre-chop select veggies to make throwing a salad together a breeze! | The Slender Student

2. That being said, know when to take the shortcut. I make a point to buy pre-washed lettuce, pre-cut celery, marinated beets, roasted bell peppers and many other would be multi-step ingredients. Sure, these choices increase my grocery bill a bit, but they maintain the ease and interest of my sack lunches. And, trust me, opting for a sandwich from Subway out of boredom or laziness would cost much more in the long run.

3. Double up on dinner. Make two times of whatever you’re making for dinner on Monday night to serve as Tuesday’s lunch. Nothing makes the hours from 8 am to 12 pm go by faster than looking forward to a homemade lunch. Double up on dinner so you have leftovers for lunch! | The Slender Student

Slender Sweet Nothings

Simple tips for a slender Thanksgiving! | The Slender Student

Guys, we’re T-minus two days away from T-day. For some, this marks the beginning of a whirlwind of holiday parties and pounds. But if you’re reading this, chances are you’re trying to avoid the latter. Welcome to the club.

Last week I gave you the full Thanksgiving run down with a couple of slender recipes, an accompanying grocery list, and my Thanksgiving game plan. I’ve had the good fortune of this post being mentioned in an article featured on The University of Texas homepage (hook ‘em), but that is neither here nor there.

Now that the humblebrag is over, let’s get into today’s post. In typical Sweet Nothing fashion, I’ll be sharing a few more quick tips to keep your Thanksgiving feast on the slender side. Neither deprivation or overindulgence feels particularly good, so satisfaction is what we’re aiming for here.

1. Fill half your plate with non-starchy veggies and leave the remaining half for goods like turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes, and a drizzle of gravy.

2. Stick with wine or champagne over sugary cocktails. However, if you know what’s in your drink (fresh fruit juice, club soda, diet soda, etc.), go ahead and grab a glass.

3. When it comes to the dessert round, indulge within reason. Have a serving that will leave you feeling satisfied, not stuffed. Eat slowly and mindfully, enjoying each bite. Pecan pie is probably the most ‘expensive’ dish you’ll have on the dessert table, so if there’s something you’d enjoy just as much, choose that. If pecan pie is your be all and end all, though, go for it! Just adjust your slice accordingly.

Do you have any intention of making this Thanksgiving a slender one? Any tips to share? For my own accountability and hopefully your entertainment, I’ll be documenting my experience on Instagram so be sure to follow!

Slender Sweet Nothings

Simple, slender tips for nut butter addicts! | The Slender Student

I follow a lot of food and fitness accounts on Instagram and a common theme I’ve noticed is an intense, profound passion for nut butters. Put another way, #peanutbutter has been attached to over 1,000,000 photos. People are serious about this stuff.

I, however, was above it. Note my use of the past tense. After being hyper-focused on calories for so long, I strayed from more calorically-dense foods (like, ahem, nut butters) and simply didn’t keep them in the house. Recently, though, as I’ve become more liberal with my dietPB has re-entered the picture and I find myself appreciating it more than ever.

Still some calorie-consciousness remains and I know all too well that going elbow-deep in a tub of peanut butter is no way to be slender. So here are some little tricks I’ve devised to indulge my new found love of nut butter within reason:

1. I love apples and peanut butter. I find that the sweet/salty, crisp/smooth combination really rounds out a lunch. And while I could easily slather some apple slices in a quarter cup of PB (~400 calories), I know that my craving can be satiated with much less. What I’ve been doing instead is slicing an apple and then spreading just a smidge of PB on half of the slices. All in all it probably amounts to less than a tablespoon and I feel perfectly nut buttered up.

Slender tips for nut butter addicts! | The Slender Student

apple slices + chocolate PB + slender pumpkin pie granola; half of a baked Quest bar

2. Another favorite is warm peanut butter over ice cream. To cut back on the portion a bit while maintaining the flavor, I pour a little vanilla almond milk over my PB before melting it for 10-15 seconds in the microwave. This volume is sufficient to be paired with a scoop of vanilla and my taste buds never know the difference.

3. While I’ve been leaning on this far less lately, I do still keep some PB2 on hand. The texture and flavor isn’t quite as robust as the real thing, but I find that in many cases, it’s an adequate substitute with about a fourth of the calories.

What’s your nut butter of choice? What do you do to satisfy the the craving?

Slender Sweet Nothings

Simple tips to help you slender down! | The Slender Student

1. If you find yourself becoming excessively hungry between breakfast and lunch, think about what you’re starting your morning with. If it’s full of simple carbohydrates (fruit, most cereals), try adding in some whole grains, protein, and healthy fats. Check out my Fuel Your Morning post to find out why (one of my favorite breakfast recipes is also in there!).

2. In the spirit of my Out On The Town: Salad Bar post from last week, here’s another salad tip: instead of calorie-laden dressings, opt for hummus, salsa, a balsamic vinegar reduction, or even soy sauce. That way, what you pour over your lettuce will have nutritive calories or none at all!

3. Next time you’re at the grocery store, buy a couple of bananas that are fully ripe (yellow) and a couple more that won’t ripen for 2-3 days (green). Now you’ll have enough to get you through the week, without needing to trash the brown, uneaten ones. If it’s too late, don’t forget that you can peel and freeze overripe bananas to use in smoothies!

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Slender Sweet Nothings

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Easy tips for slendering down! | The Slender Student

1. Opt for carob chips over chocolate chips in things like granola, pancakes, and cookies. They have a similar chocolaty flavor, with just half of the calories, less fat, and more fiber and calcium.

2. Need an easy way to get more veggies in your diet? Buy frozen vegetables (these are harvested and frozen at the peak of their nutrition, so they’re a better choice than canned) but instead of microwaving the entire bag at one time, use a measuring cup to scoop out a frozen portion and microwave servings individually as needed. I usually add about a tablespoon of water and microwave them for 45 seconds at a time until I get it just right.

3. Save time and start the semester off slender by making your meals ahead of time or by knocking out multiple meals in one cooking sesh. Here are some of my favorites that I’ve posted: cinnamon apple oatmeal bakebrainola – granola for the brainpeanut butter banana overnight oatschocolate peanut butter chia seed pudding, recipe week 1, recipe week 2, my fit dupes

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