“Skinny Snacking” – Key to not “Waisting” Your Workout

After our workout the other day my BFF and I decided to hit the coffee shop for a cup of java. Conversation always starts off about our jobs and how sometimes slicing our wrists is considered a better option than trying to figuring out what the boss wants or what the boss doesn’t want. However, conversations always seem to head back to the inches that some of us gained during the Fa-la-la-la season. The eyeballs went wild gazing at the goodies and your hands followed in sync by placing what the eyes saw directly into your mouth. Shame on the eyes. I mean after all, if they wouldn’t have seen it, you wouldn’t have eaten it right? Well, not so much girlfriend.

Woman eating apple

Whatever the case may be, when hunger calls what’s a fabulous sistah suppose to do? My girlfriend would say give in and go for the Cheetos. Hold on, not so fast. There are smarter ways to satiate your stomach callings. And there are ways to snack and only end up eating about 100 calories. How you ask?? Pick the right foods…dahh.  But also pay attention to your hunger levels and eat when you feel hungry as opposed to waiting until your starving. But the most important issue is to stop as soon as you feel satisfied and not when you’re stuffed. On the run, I always try to have an apple in my car or backpack for the sudden hunger pang. That apple seems to hold me over until I have the chance to fuel properly. Below are some suggestions that can keep you light on your feet and under 100 calories.  You know that cute workout outfit you just bought?  Why waste it by snacking on the wrong things?  Focus ladies, Focus!

When you’re in the mood for something quick:

Good ole Veggies with 2-3 tbsp of hummus
One hard boiled egg
Non-Fat Greek Yogurt (6 ounces)

When you’re craving something Sweet:

1 Light Waffle with three sliced strawberries and 2 tbsp light whip cream
1 Graham cracker topped with 1/4 cup of cottage cheese

When you want a light meal:

1 Soy Burger patty or 1 soy hot dog wrapped in lettuce
1/2 sandwich with 1 slice of light whole wheat bread with 1 1/2 ounces of turkey, lettuce, tomato and mustard.

Ok so, now the easy part is over…..talking about snacking. Let’s get down to business and formulate a plan. I know it’s not always easy to plan your fuel intake during your busy day. But if you do your planning the night before, it just might help prevent those extra inches from accumulating. Just sayin.

Turn It On and Look Fab,

Juetta West

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