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…Are you making the right SNACK choices?…


There are SO MANY healthy and delicious snack options for you out there!

The Key to being successful with obtaining your health and fitness goals are a mixture of a steady workout plan and eating right!

You have to learn how to control your portions and how to eat correctly! If not, you will not start to see the results you are looking for!

Yes it will be hard…and yes it will take a little time to get use to saying no to those potato chips and yes to some fruits or vegetable.  But in the end it will be worth it!

REMEMBER! Your snacks should be around 300 calories. You do not want a BIG snack that will add calories to your diet and you do not want your snack to over power your next meal.  A snack is there to allow you the chance not to get hungry between meals and it allows you the chance to give your body some fuel to help keep you going and to help you keep burning calories throughout the day.

So be mindful of the snacks you purchase and consume during your health and fitness journey!

Need more snack options? Please check out some of my past post that give you TONS of healthy and quick snack options for you and your family!






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…Top Tips for Weight Loss…

The best snacks that you can grab and eat during the day should contain about 100 to 150 calories (and should have a small amount of protein and a little fiber as well!)  It is normal to “snack” 3 to 4 times a day BUT you must make sure that your “snacks” have a good nutritional value and will keep you satisfied between meals.

Here are some excellent snack ideas to try for yourself:

  • 1 slice of whole wheat toast
  • a handful (which should amount to be about a dozen or so) of almonds (or any other nutritional nuts)
  • 1 serving size of whole wheat crackers (look on the box! this could be 5 – 9 crackers depending on what brand you get)
  • Non-buttered microwavable popcorn (there are tons of other flavors to try! Or get the popcorn with nothing on it and put your own spices on it to give it your own unique flavor!)
  • a cup of your favorite fruit
  • cup of low-fat yogurt or Greek yogurt (Yoplait has great “Light”options that can be around 100 calories per cup of yogurt!)
  • Smoothie

Also, try to schedule the times that you do have your meals so you can fit these small snacks into your schedule.  It is important to not eat too late but to eat early enough so you don’t go to be hungry.

Don’t forget that what you drink also has a HUGE impact on your daily calorie intake.  Be sure to be mindful of what liquids you do consume.  Water is always a great option.  Even drinking alcoholic beverages can hinder your targeted weight loss goals.

Don’t forget to write out your goals and be mindful of the things that you need to alter or change in your lifestyle to reach those goals.

There is always time to join groups or get your friends to join you on new health challenges.  But just in case, you can always be apart of  the BeautifulBrwnBabyDol weight loss challenge.

Anytime is a good time to start your new healthier lifestyle.

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…The Perfect Snack…

Recently I was giving some advice to a friend about what snacks are good snacks to snack on during the day or between meals.  I will be the first to admit that I am a BIG snacker.  I would not make it through the day if I did not have my snacks.  But the key to maintaining a healthy eating habit is to find the right kind of snacks to consume throughout the day.

Of course you can snack on fresh raw veggies and fruit.  These are my favorite and some of the easy things to grab especially in a time crunch.  With some fruit and veggies, I have found some healthy dips to use on them to make them a little more enjoyable.  The key to allowing yourself to splurge on these type of dips is to make sure that you do not use too much and to find a dip that is not packed full of calories.

The key to snacking is not to eat something that will make you full.  The idea is to consumer something that has nutrients that will satisfy you until you have your next meal.  And since a snack is just a snack, you want something that is low in calories.

I will now give a few examples of some great snacks to have during the day! And the best part is that most of them are 150 calories or less!!

Hummus with Pita and Peas

3 tablespoons hummus; 1/2 whole-grain pita, cut into pieces; and 1/2 cup pea pods


Strawberries with Chocolate Sauce

1 cup strawberries drizzled with 2 tablespoons chocolate syrup


Apple and Peanut Butter

1 medium apple, sliced, with 1 tablespoon peanut butter


Pumpernickel with Swiss Cheese

3 slices mini pumpernickel with 1 slice Swiss cheese


Oatmeal and Berries

1 packet low-sugar oatmeal topped with a handful of berries


Spiced Maple Yogurt

Spiced maple yogurt: 6 ounces plain yogurt, 1 tablespoon maple syrup, and a dash of cinnamon


Green Tea with Cookie

Unsweetened green tea with 1 oatmeal dark-chocolate cookie (such as TLC by Kashi)


Granola Bar

1 trail-mix granola bar


Chocolate Pudding

1 chocolate pudding cup with 1 graham-cracker square crushed and sprinkled on top


Cafe Mocha

12-ounce nonfat cafe mocha (with no whipped cream)


Tomato Juice and Cheese

8-ounce V8 juice with 1 piece of string cheese


Chips and Dip

2 tablespoons low-fat spicy bean dip and 18 baked tortilla chips


Crackers with Honey Soy-Nut Butter

4 whole-grain crackers with 1 tablespoon honey soy-nut butter


Oranges with Walnuts

4-ounce mandarin-orange cup topped with 2 tablespoons chopped walnuts (or you can substitute your favorite nuts for the walnuts)


Apple and Cheese

1 small apple Apple and 1 ounce of Brie Cheese (or substitute in your favorite cheese for the Brie cheese)


Pudding with Cherries

4-ounces of low-fat vanilla Pudding with 1/2 cup of Cherries (fresh or thawed out frozen cherries)


Coffee and Cookies

2 whole grain fig cookies and 12 ounces of black coffee (with one teaspoon of sugar)


Red Grapes and Almonds

1 cup of red grapes and approximately 11 almonds


Cereal and Yogurt

6-ounces of light yogurt and 1/2 cup of whole grain cereal (Kashi cereal is a good choice for this snack)


Cheese and Crackers

1/4 cup low-fat cottage cheese, 1 teaspoon of fresh chopped chives, and 6 whole grain crackers



For that late night snack…

Lemon Sorbet with Raspberries

1/2 cup of lemon sorbet and 3/4 cup of fresh berries


Spiked Pomegranate Lemonade

1 1/2 lemon lime vodka, 1 1/2 ounces of light lemonade, 1 1/2 ounces of pomegranate juice, and 4 ounces club soda


Root Beer Float

12-ounces of light root beer and 1/2 cup of light vanilla ice cream


Beer and Nuts

12-ounce light beer (such as Bud Select 55, Michelob Ultra, Miller Light, Bud Select, or Coors Light) and 12 pistachios


Like I said there are 100’s of snacks out there for you to have, it is just about finding the right snack for you.  I hope some of the snacks suggested will cater to you and your snacking needs.

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So go ahead and get your grocery lists ready so you can have some amazing snacks to have when you need them!!

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