Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens
Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens
Brown paper packages tied up with strings
Okay, so those aren’t a few of MY favorite things… because none of those things are food.
We all have our “go-to” snacks and meals, and today I’m going to share a few of mine with you. Humans are creatures of habit, but I might be a little over the top, because I eat the same things ALL THE TIME. But I know what I like and I’m never disappointed. So leave me alone.
Below are some of my favorite things. Let me tell you why.
- PB2. If you haven’t heard of this magical thing, you’re missing out. PB2 is peanut butter in powder form. You mix 2 tbsp of PB2 with 1 tbsp of water, and voila! You have peanut butter. Okay, so it’s not exactly the same. But it’s pretty darn similar and check out the nutrition facts for the same amount of PB2 vs. regular peanut butter!
|Serving size: 2 tbsp||Calories||Fat||Protein|
|PB2||45||1.5 g||5 g|
|Reduced Fat peanut butter||190||12 g||7 g|
How do you eat it? I love to spread PB2 on bananas or apple slices, toast, add it to oatmeal, or toss it in my peanut butter + banana smoothies!
This is an example breakfast using TWO of my favorite things from this post (1. PB2 and 2. Egg Beaters)!
- Egg Beaters. I’m sure you’ve all heard of egg substitute or “liquid eggs” – that’s all this is. Egg Beaters are made from 99% real egg whites, and 1% other stuff (basically food coloring). They have ZERO fat and ZERO cholesterol. They may have a bit of a different texture than “real” eggs when you first try them, but you get used to it. I like to mix 1 real egg white with a serving of Egg Beaters and it is delish. Add a sprinkle of reduced fat cheese and some spinach if you’re feelin’ crazy.
|Egg Beaters (3 tbsp)||25||0 g||5 g|
|1 whole egg||72||5 g||6 g|
|1 egg white||17||0 g||3.6 g|
Note: I am not dissing real eggs. Eggs are a good source of protein and many other nutrients. However, they are high in saturated fat and cholesterol (specifically the yolk). If you eat eggs daily and don’t want to make the switch to Egg Beaters, try cutting out the yolk of one of your eggs and just eat the egg white to save some fat and cals!
Another example of a breakfast using PB2 to spread on my banana slices, and egg beaters with some added green peppers!
- Light ‘n Fit Greek Yogurt. Greek yogurt has become so popular over the past few years, and I have to admit, I jumped on the bandwagon too. BUT there is only one specific brand that I like. If you have attempted to become a Greek yogurt fan, but you still think it’s too chunky or sour or any other negative adjective, I suggest you try Light N Fit. It is creamy, sweet, and delicious, and comes in a wide variety of flavors. Yogurt in any form can be a healthy choice as it is a good source of calcium and other vitamins & minerals, but Greek yogurt is the winner in my book because it is higher in protein and lower in carbohydrates. It’s a perfect snack, especially with some fruit added. I like to sprinkle in some Special K protein cereal as “granola” for a little crunch, too!
|1 container of
Light N Fit
|Greek yogurt||80||9 g||0 g||12 g|
|Regular nonfat yogurt||80||14 g||0 g||5 g|
Light N Fit yogurt is great all around, because as you can see, both Greek and regular Light N Fit are fat free and only 80 calories. Next time you’re browsing the yogurt section at the grocery store, pay attention to the nutrition labels. You’ll be amazed to find that some yogurts have a ton of calories and fat, and up to 30 g of carbohydrates! Reach for an option that is lower in carbs and higher in protein, stick it in your cart, and don’t look back. You can thank me later.
Hint: Vanilla Light N Fit greek yogurt is a great addition to fruit smoothies, too!
- Laughing Cow cheese. Creamy, cheesy, tasty, and super versatile. Laughing Cow is seriously the bomb. It comes in cute little wedges and has cute little cows on the front and comes in 7 amazing flavors! Flavors like creamy white cheddar, spicy pepper jack, garlic & herb (my personal fav), and queso fresco chipotle!? Uh, YUM. And no other cheese can compete with the nutrition facts. One wedge of Laughing Cow has only 35 calories, 1.5 g of fat, and 2 g of protein. While it isn’t super high in protein, it is so low in cals and fat, you just can’t beat it.
How should you eat it? I love to use Garlic & Herb Laughing Cow as a dip with baby carrots or multigrain Wheat Thins, or use it as a spread on a turkey sandwich! There is even a Hungry Girl stuffed french toast recipe that uses light swiss Laughing Cow inside (that I might share later). So yummy! 🙂
- Edamame. If you don’t know what edamame is, first I’ll tell you how to say it so you stop embarrassing yourself. It’s pronounced “ed-uh-ma-may”. Get it? Edamame = soybeans in pods. Serve it up lightly sprinkled with salt, and you’ve got yourself a high protein, fiber filled snack. I love edamame in multiple forms. My family buys it in bulk from Sam’s Club in the frozen section. The brand we get is Imperial Gourmet, and it comes in individual bags that you just pop in the microwave for 3.5 minutes and you’re ready to dig in. Another way I love to eat edamame is dry roasted. It’s a great add on to sprinkle on top of a salad for some extra protein and added crunch!
|Imperial Gourmet Frozen Edamame||1 individual bag||140||5 g||4 g||12 g|
|Seapoint Farms Dry Roasted Edamame||¼ cup||130||4 g||8 g||14 g|
Both are great choices! Caution: when you are eating the frozen edamame in the pods, don’t go too crazy on the salt! The box comes with individual packets of sea salt to use on your single serving, but you really don’t even need the whole packet. I have found that a few shakes of the salt shaker is sufficient.
Those are just a few of the staples in my diet that I could not live without! I suggest you give some of them a try if you are in need of some new healthy meal & snack ideas. I will share more of my favorite things in the future – so stay tuned. ; )
Enjoy your Sunday!
eat well. live well. be happy.
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