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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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.
1. Finding yourself exceedingly hungry between meals? Try adding some healthy, unsaturated fats into your diet. Lately I’ve been incorporating more avocados, peanut butter, and salmon into my diet. These items are more calorie dense, but they slow digestion (not to mention all of the other health benefits), so I find myself feeling more satisfied for longer.
2. Going to a holiday party? Make sure you have something slender to munch on by offering to bring an appetizer or dessert. Keep your eye on The Slender Student for some upcoming party-friendly recipes!
3. Need to re-up your workout? Download Spotify to get access to an insane amount of free music and workout playlists. Here’s one from FitSugar that you can’t go wrong with.
While I’m studying for my upcoming physiology exam, check out these three little tips to make your journey to slenderhood that much easier.
1. Stir in a packet of Swiss Miss Sensible Sweets hot chocolate with 4 ounces of fat free Greek yogurt (I like Fage 0%) and freeze for an hour or two. You’ll end up with a chocolate froyo treat that’s full of protein for less than 100 calories.
2. Give your body a jumpstart on digestion by really taking in your food before chowing down. Taking the time to appreciate the appearance and aroma coming from your plate can begin the secretion of digestive enzymes. You’ll fill up on less food by taking the time to slow down.
3. I always find that treating myself to some new workout clothes helps motivate me to hit the gym. Take advantage of the continued cyber sales and pick yourself up a pair cute new leggings or a racerback.
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1. Y’all know I love a good at home work out (here, here, here, here) but if your form ain’t right, your bod ain’t tight. Sorry, couldn’t help myself; back to English now. Anyway, what I’m getting at is that doing an at home workout in front of a mirror can do your routine a world of good. You’ll be able to see and correct your form, plus there’s no better motivation than watching your developing muscles working in the reflection.
2. You know that liquid that develops at the top of your Greek yogurt? Does it weird you out to the point where you’re pouring that part out? Well, stop that. That’s the whey of your yogurt, i.e. where some of protein lives. By throwing that out, you’re getting rid of protein and getting less out of your yog. Whey to go…
3. Pick a (healthy) food you’ll eat but don’t necessarily crave. For me this is broccoli, for you it might be an apple or celery sticks. When you think your hungry, ask yourself if you want that food. If you don’t, then you’re probably not truly hungry and don’t need to be eating.