My Favorite Healthy-ish Snacks

(*None of which are actually shown in the image, I just couldn’t really find anything better for the sake of the post’s cover photo haha.*)

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Hi Guys! ๐Ÿ™‚

For today’s post I wanted to share with you guys a list of some of my favorite healthy-ish snacks.

I thought this would be a good post because if you’re anything like me, you’re a HUGE snacker, and even though we may be trying to diet a little more and clean up our eating, old habits die hard.

And personally, for me, the hardest part of “dieting” is not being able to snack the way that I used to (obviously it’s for a greater purpose, but nonetheless, I miss it so much sometimes ๐Ÿฅบ๐Ÿ˜ฉ)

So, that being said, I wanted to share with you guys some of my healthy-ish alternatives that have been working pretty well for me whenever I want and/or feel the urge to snack; they’re nothing crazy and also not that bad macro-wise, which make them even better.

I figure since there’s some variety to the different snacks I eat, why not break them up into categories?

The categories I chose were chocolate-related, chips (although some also include popcorn and crackers), and just “other” because there’s a few different things going on in that category.

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So, without further adieu, here are some of my current favorite snacks:

Chocolate

*For all of the Fiber One brand snacks, some of the main nutrition facts to look out for are shown right there on the boxes.*

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The Fiber One snacks are really great because this brand alone, comes with a variety of snacks for you to choose from. A lot of them tend to be like 90 calories only which is why you’ll see that end up being advertised the most. It’s great because they’re pretty tiny for you to just grab one and go, which is usually what I end up doing everyday. I’ll pack my lunch, throw one of these in my bag for a midday snack, and I’m ready to go! ๐Ÿ™‚

 

The Len & Larry complete cookies are pretty good, but they’re also pretty hefty when it comes to the amount of calories that are within them (total calories for 1 serving, which is technically only half of the cookie, is 200 calories!!). A lot of people tend to say that they’re also pretty bland and dry tasting, but for a while I REALLY liked them……until they came out with the complete CRUNCHY cookie (shown on the right side)!!!

Guys, if i had to recommend either of them to you right now, I would instantly say go with the crunchy cookies, they’re SO good, and not as crazy when it comes to the calories per serving size. 1 serving size is 6 cookies and comes out to 160 calories.

Although in general, as I always say, you should try them both and come to your own conclusion(s) about them.

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Chips

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In general, I LOVE to snack on Ritz crackers which is why there are 2 different “kinds” shown here. I think they’re SO good. But if I had to choose between all the different flavors, etc. I think I would say that these 2 shown are my absolute favorites.

The toasted chips have a nice somewhat subtle salty taste to them, and each serving is is 1oz which is about 8 chips, and comes out to 130 calories, whereas the Hint of Salt crackers, have VERY little salt to them at all, but still taste good to me. A serving of these is 16 grams, which is about 24 crackers and equates 80 to calories.

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These are my absolute FAVORITE chips. If I go to any store now and am on the hunt for chips, I’ll most likely be finding and grabbing for these (unless it’s a cheat-day and I’m craving something else ๐Ÿ˜‚). 1 serving size of these is about 15 chips, and comes out to 160 calories.

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I really don’t tend to crave popcorn like that anymore the way that I used to when I was younger, but the few times I do, I’ll opt for grabbing a bag of this. It’s gluten free, light, airy and just generally tastes really good. This is also a great snack because since it’s so light, the calories in just one bag are super low, it’s only 100 calories. That’s really not bad at all for like a midday or late night little snack.

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Others

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Recently whenever I really am craving some ice cream, Halo Top has been my way to go. Diego actually introduced me to this brand. The great thing about this ice cream brand is that it’s low carb, low fat, AND high protein; and depending what flavor you end up getting will depend on how many total calories are in that one pint (which is shown right on the front of it). My personal two favorite flavors are the cookies and cream (320 calories total) and chocolate chip cookie dough (360 calories total) ones (highly recommend you try those).

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I used TO love fruit snacks when I was a kid, but it had gotten to a point that I ate them so much, I ended up disliking them for a LONG time. But, recently I’ve begun to really like and want them again. I like the Mixed Fruits one, but if I had to choose between the two, I would 100% go for the Berries ‘N Cherries flavored ones. This again, is not too terrible of a snack for throughout the day. One pouch goes for about 80 calories total.

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I’m not usually a HUGE fan of yogurts, but nowadays if I ever actually want and/or crave one, chances are, I’m going to be going for one of these. These are great because each package comes with a little side for the yogurt, along with another side for the toppings of that specific flavor. My personal favorites include Cookies and Cream (190 calories), Almond Coco Loco (230 calories), Smores (180 calories), and Peanut Caramel Satisfaction (200 calories).

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I hope you guys enjoyed this post, and that in some way, shape or form, if you’re anything like me and are in need of looking for some healthy-ish alternatives for snacking, this helped you.

When it comes to things like this, it all comes down to personal preference. You really just need to try a bunch of these things and really figure out what you like, what you don’t, what works for you and what doesn’t. What works for me, may very well not work for you, BUT you have some new possible recommendations here that you can try out and hopefully end up liking!

What are some of your guys’ favorite stuff to snack on when you’re in the mood (whether they’re full-on healthy or healthy-ish like a lot of my suggestions)?! Do we have any of the same favorites? Maybe you have some that you could recommend for ME to try! Let me know in the comments, I’d love to hear from you guys โ˜บ๏ธ๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿผ

As always, thank you guys so much for reading, please follow, like, share and comment and I’ll see you guys in my next post! ๐Ÿ™‚

*Also, something for you guys to think about….I’ve really been wanting to do some sort of Q&A post for a while now and have already been getting a few questions from people on my social media, so if you’re interested (either in the comments below, reaching out to me directly on social media or through email), ask me some questions of things you guys would like to see me address in that post! ๐Ÿ˜€ The questions can literally be about anything; my blog, my future, relationships, family, personal stuff, etc. etc. I want to make it as fun and interesting for you guys as possible, so don’t be shy! ๐Ÿ™‚ *

-Xoxo, LeoGirl โค

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1-Year Fitness Update!

Hey Everybodyyyy! Happy Hump Day! ๐Ÿ™‚

In today’s post I really wanted to be able to talk to you guys about my 1-year fitness update; how it’s been going, where I’m at with it right now, and where I hope to be in the next few months (my goal).

This is something that I’m a little nervous about, as I’m sure most people would be, just because health, fitness and weight in general, are all really sensitive topics to speak about, especially in this day and age. However, I thought it was important to share this with you guys for a few different reasons.

Important because firstly, it’s a pretty big milestone (for me). Secondly, because who knows, maybe somehow or another me speaking about this will help and/or inspire someone else in their own fitness journey, or to even START their own fitness journey. And lastly (although this sort of piggy-backs off of the first two reasons), because I just recently did an entire post on confidence and self-love (which I’ll leave linkedย hereย if you guys wanted to check it out), and so what kind of person/writer would I be if I didn’t speak out on something as important as body-positivity and self-love more in-depth for something as sensitive as this?

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How The Past Year Has Been Going:

The first thing I want to speak about with this is probably the most obvious thing, which is, how this past year has been (fitness-wise). And well….let’s be honest, dieting is hard and it sucks ass. You really have to learn self- control when it comes to something like this, ESPECIALLY if you’re used to eating a certain way for a certain amount of years, which I pretty much was.

I’ve mentioned it before, several times, but I am not only a picky-eater, I’m also a MAJOR junk-food eater. Put those 2 things together, and you’ve pretty much got a recipe for disaster (in my case anyway).

Now, I’ve never been the best eater, throughout my entire life. BUT, I will say that it got really bad when I was away in college (as I’ve spoken about once before in my first health post, the reasons for this, etc. which I’ll leave linkedย hereย ). I gained A LOT of weight in college, I would actually say that the majority of my weight gain happened in college (freshmen 15 is no joke ya’ll even though it extended over the course of 4-years, but whateverrr!).

But it just got to a point where I literally weighed the heaviest that I EVER did. I definitely wasn’t obese, but for my age, height, etc. the weight I was at (at the time) was NOT good. Plus, I was not happy and/or confident in my body AT ALL. It was a bad time, for a long time. And I’m sure other people noticed it obviously, but few actually told me about it. Which was fine I suppose, because it’s one of those things that you kind of just need to see/realize for yourself in order to make any sort of change.

There were times where Diego would REALLY try to push me to go to the gym, and I would go, but then I would just be eating whatever still before or after it, so it was completely defeating the purpose. It took a few months after I started my fitness journey for it to REALLY start. And what I mean by that is, for a good 4-5 months, I had gotten the whole working out, and going to the gym consistently part down, but I wasn’t taking the food portion of it seriously, so I hadn’t been seeing results.

It wasn’t until about May that I started to take both super seriously, not to the point that I turned anal about it, but to the point where I actually started seeing results now, so it was the actual exciting part.

And I’m not going to lie to you guys, it’s hard af to keep up a diet, there were SO many times when I would give in to any/all of the cravings that I had, whether it was with regular food or junk food, and would see what little progress I made turn to shit. However, I learned to not only control those urges, but also not deprive myself of the little things that I wanted, and would find healthier alternatives to go around that, while also being able to stick to my diet.

Every once in a while like during “that time of the month,” it gets a little difficult because of cravings and what not, but over time I have actually really felt like it’s gotten easier.

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Where I’m At Now:

Between going to the gym AT LEAST 4-5 times a week, and cleaning up my eating TREMENDOUSLY, I have seen SUCH an insane amount of progress.

I think you guys can agree with me that how we perceive ourselves and our bodies can be really iffy sometimes. Sure, you have your days where you’re feeling GREAT and super confident with yourself throughout workouts, after workouts, etc., but there are also those days where you pretty much look exactly the same, but the confidence just isn’t there. You don’t feel yourself which, as a result, causes your confidence to diminish a little.

Well in general, that’s happened to me pretty frequently, especially since, although I know I’ve made a lot of progress, I’m not quite where I want to be yet and some days are harder than others to see the results that a lot of other people see, in yourself.

HOWEVER, I’ve learned that I really need to give myself credit when it’s due, and little by little (with each pound being shed), I have been gaining the confidence back that I used to have a few years ago.

I think my progress actually hit me the most thanks to some pictures that I took last Thursday (on Thanksgiving). I’m not exactly sure what I was doing or why I was doing it, but at some point during the night I was scrolling through old pictures on my phone and came across the ones I took last year for Thanksgiving. It didn’t fully occur to me until I decided to do a side-by-side picture of that and the one(s) I had just taken earlier that day and this is what I saw:

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Last year thanksgiving vs. thanksgiving this year…a 26 pound difference. On the left, I was at about 203lbs and currently, on the right, I’m at 177.

I’m not at all happy and/or proud of the way I look on the left side, in fact, I’m kind of embarrassed to be showing that picture compared to me now, BUT I am SUPER proud to see how much of a difference between the two there really is.

If you know me, and even if you don’t really but follow me on social media and see my posts, you would know in recent months how much work I’ve truly been putting in at the gym, and this is just proof of that. I am super proud of where I currently am at now and can’t wait to see where I’m going to be in a few months with this fitness journey of mine!!

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Where I Want To Be (My Goal):

As I said earlier, I’m not at all where I want to be yet, but I know that slowly but surely, I’m getting to meet that goal.

Ultimately, my main goal is to lose another 10-15 pounds and tone up my body a little more, then just continue to maintain it from there.

If I continue the work-out and eating regimen that I currently have, I really don’t see how or why I wouldn’t achieve these mini goals that I have set for myself (unless of course I just happen to throw it all out the window one day, which I don’t count on doing).

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Overall, it definitely has NOT been an easy fitness journey for me, but looking back at where I once was, and seeing where I am now, is enough motivation for me to keep pushing through. Besides, I’m not looking for easy and never have. And between my own confidence and Diego behind me pushing me to keep going, I know I’m going to end up hitting all of my fitness goals sooner rather than later.

Well guys, that’s it. That is my 1-year fitness update. I hope you guys like this post, and that in some way, shape or form it helped and/or motivated you to keep pushing through your hurdles that may be stopping you from going to the gym or just continuing your own fitness journey. You CAN do it. It’s going to take time and dedication, but it is 100% possible. Keep pushing through and I promise you that you’ll end up seeing results!

Thank you guys so much for reading, please like, follow, comment and share, and I’ll see you guys in my next post! ๐Ÿ™‚

-Xoxo, Leo Girl โค

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What I Eat Throughout My Diet

Hi Guys and Happy Sunday!

For today’s post I thought it would be good to share with you guys what it is I’ve been eating throughout my diet recently (similar to a what I eat in a day type of post).

*I also am going to end up doing a fitness update/progress in my diet type of post in the days to come to show you guys the type of results I’ve been seeing in my body recently, so stay tuned for that as well!*

Something to keep in mind is that, as I’ve mentioned in several other posts of mine, I am an EXTREMELY picky-eater, which definitely has its ups and downs. But because of that, I’ve had to finds ways to work around that with my diet (which I’ll go a little more in depth about later on in the post).

For those of you that don’t know, because I am a picky-eater, I don’t eat any of your usual “healthy foods” like salads, vegetables, fruits, etc.

*Cue the dramatic judgments and criticisms…..I’ll wait……๐Ÿ™„*

Done? Okay let’s move on.

I’ve heard it time and time again๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ. I know that I should and need to be eating these things, but it’s hard when I’m 23 years-old now, have never really eaten any of these things before, and now suddenly just start. It’s a slow and steady process, but trust me when I say I’ve been working on it and little by little I’ve been trying and liking more “healthier” foods.

Although I have been slowly starting to expand my healthier food options, for the sake of this post, I’m just going to be mentioning the things that I eat/drink fairly regularly.

So without further adieu, let’s get started! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Two important things to note about all of the foods, drinks, snacks, etc. that I’m going to mention are that 1. I weigh everything that I eat (unless they’re little snack packets like you’ll see below) and 2. I track everything I eat and drink in my Fitness Pal app which I’ve mentioned in a few different posts now.

For those of you that may be interested, the specific food scale that I got was actually from Amazon, and it was only like $17. I’ll leave that linkedย hereย in case you guys were interested in checking that out.

Weighing my food has really been good at teaching me about portion control and just generally being more knowledgeable about the amounts of carbs, protein, fats, etc. that my body is intaking. It’s something that Diego introduced me to do about a year ago at this point, so if you’ve never done it before, I highly suggest that you do.

But let’s continue….

Breakfast:

Personally. I am SUCH a breakfast person. It’s not something that I feel like I NEED in order for my mornings/days to officially start, but if I do have it, it just makes my morning THAT much better. However, although I may love being able to have breakfast, because I tend to be a procrastinator in the mornings, and just generally really slow, I don’t always get to have it.

In a week, I would say I probably only get to make or get breakfast about 3-4 times throughout the week (including weekends, which isn’t TOO bad).

BUT, if I do end up being able to, chances are I’m going to have 1 of these 3 things:

Egg and cheese omelet

Nothing crazy or special.

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Bacon, egg and cheese

(Egg whites, turkey bacon and cheese, absolutely BOMB from this place called Cafe Basil if you’re in the city!!).

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Reduced Fat Turkey Bacon sandwich

From Starbucks, which just has egg whites, reduced-fat white cheddar cheese, and reduced-fat turkey bacon on an organic wheat English muffin.

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I’m a coffee gal. So every single day religiously, if I don’t have breakfast, I AT LEAST have to have my coffee. My usual Starbucks order is a Grande Caramel Macchiato with an extra shot of espresso (3 instead of 2), instead of vanilla syrup, sugar free vanilla syrup, and skim milk instead of regular.

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Now during the holidays, however, I’m a sucker for the holiday drinks in Starbucks, so I’ll typically treat myself most mornings to the Caramel Brรปlรฉe Latte (shown below).

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After my morning coffee, I’ve gotten into the habit of drinking tea. I used to be one that HATED tea, and never wanted to drink it because of the taste or smell of it, but now I literally LOVE it.

Let’s keep in mind at the moment, it’s only from this specific brand (Yogi), but nonetheless it’s tea and I’ve tried quite a few different flavors and I actually really like them.

The “flavors” from this brand that I’ve tried and like so far are the DeTox one (shown below, and is also my favorite), the Lemon Ginger, the plain Ginger, etc. But I only drink it once a day, after my coffee.

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After my coffee and tea, for the remainder of the day after that, I drink nothing but water. WATER. WATER. WATER!!! This is super important.

I typically try to drink at least 1 gallon of water a day. However, I don’t buy the entire jug of water and drink that. What I do is I have my 16.9 fl. oz bottle of water, and just constantly re-fill and drink that throughout my day.

1 Gallon= 128 fl. oz. Throughout my work day, I can generally drink about 5 bottles of water, which equals to about 84.5 fl. oz. Add in the fact that I go to the gym after work, and throughout my workout I drink another 20 oz from my shaker cup, that’s 104.5 oz. THEN once I get home, I drink one of those Essentia water bottles, which is another 33.8 oz, that’s 138.3 oz at the end of my day.

Keep in mind it doesn’t always work out like that every single day, but most times that’s usually how it goes while I’m at work.

Lunch:

Please don’t judge the type of foods that I tend to eat for lunch. These are things that not only do I actually like, but they’re also pretty good with my diet, and not too high or bad for my macros (carbs, proteins, fats) that I should be intaking.

(Yes, I know I’m a pretty plain eater)

White rice and honey battered chicken.

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Mashed Potatoes with Grilled Chicken Thigh and Grilled Chicken Leg.

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Fettuccine Alfredo Pasta With Cut-up Pieces of Chicken Breast.

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That is obviously not all of the foods that I eat every single day for lunch, but I just figure I mention a few of my favorites for the sake of not making this post super long.

Snacks:

I’m a BIG junk food person, so when I decided that I wanted/need to turn my health around, the hardest thing for me to give up was junk-food. That being said, I knew going into this that I HAD to look for healthier alternatives because I wasn’t going to be able to cut everything out cold turkey.

So these were a few things that I ended up finding:

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I don’t really tend to eat dinner anymore, just because I don’t usually get hungry at that time the way that I used to. But if I did, I’ll either make a little something, eat some leftovers that may be in the house at the time, or just settle on having one of my little snacks.

This is kind of separate, but on weekends (mainly Saturdays, but occasionally Fridays too) is when I’ll usually have my cheat days and won’t count calories or really care about what it is I’m eating. Especially since those days are usually when Diego and I will have our date nights.

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Well that’s it. Those are pretty much the majority of the things I tend to eat throughout my diet. I don’t necessarily know if this will help anyone at all, but I thought it would be nice to share this with you guys.

Hopefully I can do a more updated post about this in a few months when I’ve expanded the type of healthier foods I eat, but for now this is it.

I hope you guys enjoyed this post, thanks so much for reading, and I’ll see you all in the next one! ๐Ÿ™‚

-Xoxo, Leo Girl โค

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