Monday, March 30, 2009

First Step to Meal Planning: Healthy Snacks

Okay, while it seems daunting since I am really not a big "planner" when it comes to food, I think I really have to start planning. In particular, I should do the following:
  • Plan meals for the week.
  • Write a shopping list when I go grocery shopping. Too many times I forget some key ingredients and the missing items prevent me from cooking what I want.
  • Stock up on healthy snacks. It's also important that I mix things up as I get easily bored.
Well, I will try to get around to meal planning later this week I hope. For now, I'll just write a list of healthy snacks that I can pick up at the store. This list is based on items I have actually eaten as snacks in the past (but some of them I have forgotten about, so it's nice to remind myself here....). I will also try to add new ideas as I come across them. But this is my snack list for now:

  • Almonds
  • String cheese (low fat)
  • Cottage cheese (low fat)
  • Yogurt (low fat)
  • Fruit (I don't love fruit. But I hope that if I buy interesting fruits and plan my snacks ahead of time, I'll eat more fruits.)
  • One hard boiled egg and one slice of multigrain bread
  • Multigrain bread, laughing cow cheese wedge, topped with a sliced tomato
  • Raw veggies (carrots, bell peppers, mushrooms, radishes, etc.) and fat free Greek-style yogurt seasoned with salt, pepper, lemon juice and herbs for dipping - I haven't had this in ages, but it's SOOOO good and so satisfying...
  • Small baked potato with fat free Greek-style yogurt seasoned with salt and pepper
  • Fat free or low fat milk and 1 Graham cracker - I ate this a lot when I was nursing. I reminds me of such happy times... :)
  • Edamame - I like to buy the ones I need to peel. They keep me busy longer...
  • Popcorn
  • Beef jerky
  • Low fat chocolate or vanilla pudding
  • Fruit salad (I love watermelon mixed with blueberries; it's so pretty)
  • Skinny cow ice cream sandwich
Alright, now I just have to write down/print out the list and buy the items at the store!

Be well,