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THE PERFECT PM SNACK… POPSICLES (WHY I’M OBSESSED)

Click bait? Nope. The reality is that I have popsicles regularly and I’m actually encouraging it if you’re an evening snacker. If you’re thinking, “oh that is me” then this post is for you! 

This tip sounds silly but I wanted to share it because it’s truly helped me curtail my evening snacking. I am all about practical tips like this. So often I read the same generic nutrition tips like: meal prep, drink lots of water, watch your portions. ZzZzZz…. lol. I hope to always provide you with quality, creative ideas to help you get to your goals!

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STEP 1: ADMIT YOU’RE A SNACKER

I am an evening snacker. I can eat healthy all day long but then 7 PM rolls around and I could nibble on this, take a bit of that and have a handful of just about anything.

Knowing yourself – your strengths and your weaknesses – is an essential part of being successful at anything. I find this very true when it comes to health and fitness.

For example… after work, after dinner and after I put my baby to bed, I have zero energy. I used to be able to hit the gym at 7 PM. Now, I know the evenings are my “weakness” for getting anything done so I strategically structure my day to prioritize my most important tasks (including a workout) first.

With nutrition, I know that my weakness is in the evenings. I have a few things that I do to help with this but the biggest one and one I want to share today… healthy popsicles!

 

THE ULTIMATE HEALTHY EVENING SNACK: POPSICLES

What the what?! I know this sounds bizarre coming from me but yeah I think popsicles are the ultimate evening stack to help you stick to your eating routine and your goals.

Tell me if you can relate….

I eat dinner. Healthy – check.

About an hour or two later, I start thinking “hmmm, what snack could I have?!”

I’ll choose a healthy snack and just a little bite of it. Maybe a handful of popcorn. Maybe a hard boiled egg. Lately, I love some red bell pepper slices. Okay, cool.

About 30 minutes later, I’m thinking, “well, that didn’t really satisfy me. What else can I have?” …this never ends well for me haha.

Now, most of the time, this is just mind over matter and I can just tell myself no snack. Eat a healthy little meal and go relax before bed.

BUT, then I discovered healthy popsicles and my evening snacks have never been the same.

 

WHY POPSICLES ARE ACTUALLY A HEALTHIER SNACK

If my above snacking scenario sounded like you then the problem you (and SO many of us) run into is that evening snacking is not the actual issue… overconsumption is. If you decided to have 1 chocolate chip cookie for a snack, it really wouldn’t be the worst thing.

BUT, it’s the fact that again for so many of us one cookie leads to two or twelve haha.

The handful of popcorn turns into walking back into the pantry 10x getting a handful of other things.

Because we are truly never “satisfied” with the snack, we continue to snack and snack, eat and eat.

A lot of the times what it actually the road block in getting to our goals is not that we are eating bad stuff but that we are just eating too much overall. This is especially true when it comes to evening snacking.

Now popsicles… they’re so stinkin’ satisfying. 

Sometimes I crave something smooth and creamy and I’ll have a froyo pop. Sometimes I’m in the mood for something refreshing and I’ll have a fruit pop. 

I eat 1 popsicle and it’s like okay, yum that’s all I need… onto something else.

If you’re a PM snacker and snacking can get the best of you, you really need to try my popsicle trick! It feels like an indulgence but it’s so not.

 

MY FAVORITE POPS

Now, here is the thing… I am not recommending you go to your grocery store and pick out any kind of popsicle and enjoy. Well, I am not not recommending that because you know I am all about balance but I think the best decision here is to look for all natural, low carb popsicles!

First off, I flip over and look at the ingredient list – I just look for the most natural, whole ingredients possible. Secondly, I look at carbs. I try to pick a popsicle with no more than 15 carbs. The majority that I like fall right around there

I have 2 favorite brands as well as some really good homemade options!

GOOD POP – this brand is my favorite for a classic, refreshing popsicle taste. I get mine at my local HEB grocery store. I’ve also seen them in Whole Foods. I linked their website. This isn’t sponsored. Do I still have to always say that or can you just believe in me when I swear I will only share products I’m in love with myself hehe. These are AMAZING! I even give them to my son.

Favorite flavors in case you’re wondering: watermelon agave, strawberry, strawberry lemonade, cherry + lemonade, and banana cinnamon. I’m not a chocolate person but my mom LOVES the chocolate ones!

 

YASSO – now this brand you’ve heard me talk about A LOT. If you’re more into an ice cream treat, these are the better pick.

Favorite flavors: pistachio brittle, mint chocolate chip, cookie dough. Again, chocolate isn’t my thing but my mom and husband rave about the chocolate fudge ones.

 

HOMEMADE – this is the other, amazing option. First things first, I’ve tried a lot of homemade popsicle molds and it can be a nightmare. THIS one is by far the best brand I’ve tried! I’ve had mine for 4 years and still use the same one.

I will make anything in these. Fresh juice is always a good option like orange juice. Trader Joe’s makes an all natural lemonade my family loves that I’ll turn into pops. I’ll blend fruit and put them in these. I’ll make my own FroYo pops by using store bought yogurt. I even put Diet Coke in these as a joke for a Diet Coke obsessed friend. The options are endless!

 

There ya have it… my popsicle trick that has totally changed my evening snacking. I hope it helps you as much as it has helped me!

HEALTHY CREAMY SALSA DIP RECIPE

I’m seriously kicking myself for not thinking of this guilt-free, delicious snack sooner. At only 5 ingredients and all of 3 minutes to prep, it’s something everyone can make!

So, I love the football/fall season we are in but not because of the sport or cooler weather haha. I enjoy the atmosphere it creates in the home on Sunday.

I’s relaxed. There’s chili cooking on the stove. I’m cuddled under a blanket surrounded by my family. Football is on the television. I’m not watching but likely perusing Instagram or filling my online shopping cart with items I’ll probably never purchase haha. And, there are delicious snack sprawled across the table.

I’m all about eating treats on occasion and enjoying that healthy balance. BUT, I’ve also found there are a lot of ways I can enjoy snacks that are still healthy. This is one of them! Seriously, I think I’m making this for every party I host. I hope you and all your guests enjoy it as much as my friends and family have!

INGREDIENTS:

1 cup salsa

1 cup plain, nonfat Greek yogurt

1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped

1 tsp chili powder

1 tsp ground cumin

INSTRUCTIONS:

1. In a medium bowl, combine all of the ingredients

2. Refrigerate for 1 hour so the flavors blend. Serve with tortilla chips or vegetables.

 

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  2. Refrigerate for 1 hour so the flavors blend. Serve with tortilla chips or vegetables.
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Recipe yields ~2 cups & makes 4 servings (1 serving = ~ 1/2 cup)

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HEALTHY YOGURT TOAST RECIPE

If you haven’t had yogurt toast before, you’re in for a real treat with this one! PB Toast has been one of my breakfast staples for as long as I can remember… I’ve been eating it for so long that I can recall my mom making it for me day after day before I headed off to school as a youngster lol. Anyways, I’ve always been a toast in the AM type of gal.

 I’m also sure to include protein with my toast. To share another something about my mom… she was huge on us having protein for “brain power” before school haha. I guess that stuck with me. I’ll do a protein shake, eggs or greek yogurt with my toast, which is what made me think to top my toast with… yogurt!

It then evolved into adding chopped fruit, shredded coconut and chocolate because why the heck not haha.

This is just a personal little goal of mine… I’ve also been trying to add in extra beneficial foods like flax to my smoothies or in this recipe, I added acai powder. If you want to stretch yourself to try it too, go ahead! But, this recipe is still great without it!

INGREDIENTS

1/2 cup blueberry or flavored Greek yogurt

2 tsp acai powder

2 slices Ezekiel bread (or bread of choice)

1/2 cup chopped strawberries

2 tbsp dark chocolate chips

1 tbsp shredded, unsweetened coconut

INSTRUCTIONS

 

In a small bowl, whisk together the yogurt and acai powder

Toast bread lightly. Spread yogurt mixture between slices.

Top with strawberries, chocolate and coconut.

 

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  2. Toast bread lightly. Spread yogurt mixture between slices.
  3. Top with strawberries, chocolate and coconut.

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THE BEST DARN HEALTHY BROWNIE RECIPE

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Every once and awhile you discover a healthy recipe that feels like winning the jackpot. You know…. those ones ((like LG Cookie Dough)) that are just so stinking good you 1) find yourself making it over and over and 2) you just have to share it. Well, thanks to Megan aka @megan_lg.fit we now have another one of those to add to our recipe box.

Introducing….. the best darn healthy brownie recipe that’s ever existed!

Megan emailed me this recipe last week and I knew it would be one that this entire community would go crazy for! My tummy and tastebuds are screaming, “thank you, Megan!”

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup plain nonfat Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup oats (optional – gluten free oats)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup cashew or unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 cup truvia or natural, sugar-free sweetener
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • Pinch sea salt
  • Optional: 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips

*Recipe makes 9 brownies (1 serving = 2 brownies)

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Instructions:

Mix all ingredients in a blender or in a bowl with a hand blender.

Pour batter into a baking dish & sprinkle chocolate chips on top.

Bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes. Then, let cool for 10 minutes before cutting.

In case you needed another reason to make a batch of these brownies… not only can this recipe tantalize your tastebuds but it may just help you see results like Megan! Check out that abdominal definition! 

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  2. Pour batter into a baking dish & sprinkle chocolate chips on top.
  3. Bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes. Then, let cool for 10 minutes before cutting.
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Recipe makes 9 brownies (1 serving = 2 brownies)

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