The following post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Skinnygirl.
Snacking has always been an area of weakness for me. Over the years I’ve realized that I have two downfalls when it comes to snacking. The first mistake I make is not eating enough at breakfast, lunch, and/or dinner. If I don’t eat enough at breakfast I’m almost always ready for a snack a few hours later. If I don’t include protein and carbohydrates with my lunch, there’s just no way I can wait 6-7 hours for dinner.
Realizing this has made me do two things. First, I try really hard to plan out my meals and to eat enough at breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Simple additions like a pear with breakfast, yogurt at lunch, and side salad with dinner can make the difference between being satisfied for hours and uncontrolled snacking.
The second mistake I make when it comes to snacking is automatically turning to carbohydrates. When I’m super hungry and haven’t planned out my snacks it’s very easy for me to turn to unhealthy carbohydrates. For whatever reason, I think they’re easy and will satisfy my hunger, but really they just leave me feeling gross and unsatisfied. By not having a snack plan in place I sabotage any healthy eating done during the day. Planning out my meals and my snacks is definitely key for me!
Throughout the month of September, Skinnygirl is encouraging us to swap out some of our snacks for more healthful options with the Skinnygirl Snack Swap campaign! The Skinnygirl Snack Swap website is filled with lots of playful tools, which will help us to find our favorite snacks and ways to make them healthier! You’ll also find nutritionist-approved healthy snack recipes, perfect for pre-planned snacks or creating a “go-to snack list” for when you need something healthy to eat in-between meals.
My first healthy recipe swap this month was Cheese Avocado Toast instead of a tortilla filled with cheese. I swapped out a flour tortilla for whole wheat bread, added tomato and avocado to my snack, and cut my cheese portion down to an ounce. It was a perfect swap and left me feeling so satisfied!
- 1 slice whole-grain bread
- 1/2 small tomato, sliced
- 1/2 avocado, sliced
- 1 oz cheddar cheese, grated
- Lightly toast bread, either in a toaster or under a broiler.
- Top the toast with sliced avocado and sliced tomato.
- Sprinkle toast with grated cheese.
- Place under broiler for a few minutes, until the cheese is melted.
As part of the Skinnygirl Snack Swap campaign Skinnygirl is giving away an assortment of Skinnygirl Tasty Nutrition Bars to one Coffee Cake and Cardio reader (US only)!! These bars are MONEY!! All three flavors are 170 calories or less, gluten free, contain zero artificial sweeteners, and contain 6-7 grams of protein and 5 grams of fiber!
To enter you must complete all of the following:
1. Follow Skinnygirl Daily on Facebook
2. Try your own Snack Swap and share your swap on the Skinnygirl Daily Facebook page
3. Leave a comment here on Coffee Cake and Cardio to complete your entry
In addition to the giveaway here on Coffee Cake and Cardio, by sharing your snack swap on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram (#sgsnackswap) you will be entered into a contest for the chance to win a $1,000 Target gift card!! Be sure to visit Skinnygirl Daily for more information!
Skinnygirl Tasty Nutrition Bars can be found at Target, Bed Bath and Beyond, major retailers, as well as online at www.skinnygirldaily.com (where you can also get $1 off any item by using the code SNACKSWAP3)!