Some days the quickest start to your day is in the form of an icy, blended concoction.
- Frozen Strawberries
- 1 c Almond Milk
- 1 scoop Trader Joe’s Whey Protein
Yesterday was definitely one of those days! I ate this pink baby while we headed to Matt’s sister’s Pharmacy School graduation.
After the ceremony (and sharing a 100 calorie pack of Cocoa Roasted Almonds) we broke for some light refreshments, also known as mini desserts.
I had a bite of everything and then handed over the rest to Matt.
After the ceremony we headed to Red Lobster for a family lunch. There was a bit of a wait so of course we popped into Pier 1 and I found some pretty bowls to be debuted later this weekend.
I enjoyed a side salad + a biscuit.
And for my main meal I ordered the Wood-Grilled Maui Salmon + Shrimp.
Yes I am from New England, so no I don’t quite consider Red Lobster to be the answer to seafood, but when you live in Iowa you gotta make do. My meal was pretty good. But the highlights of the meal were the grilled pineapple + the biscuit. Plus the company!
I headed to work right after the celebration lunch and I toted my leftovers with me. I worked all night + Tiny Tot Soccer was cancelled so I ended up eating the rest for dinner. Easy, peasy!
You guys had some great suggestions for keeping the hunger-ridden snacking at bay. Here are some of my tips + some of the comments that I think were great suggestions:
- Snack while you cook – Often times I am so hungry while I cook dinner that I find myself eating as I cook. Things that are supposed to go into dinner end up in my mouth or I fill up on something while I’m preparing dinner because I can’t wait. Sometimes I’ll grab a piece of fruit or a veggie to keep my mouth occupied to starve off the hunger.
- Keep veggies + fruit accessible + chopped – Many of you swear by this tip and I think it’s genius. Having healthy, whole food readily available makes it easy to make the right choice.
- Limit non-healthy ‘convenience’ foods – Since I know that I often let myself get too hungry, I try to limit the non-healthy grab + go type foods we have around. Sometimes M&M’s + Sunchips seem like perfect solutions to a growling stomach and it’s easy for me to overdue it on both, so I try to be mindful of what is nearby for snacks.
- Have a mini snack – I have tons of bars lying around and even a few in my bag but I’ll be honest in saying that most of the time I don’t want all the calories from them for a small ‘snack’. Luna bars + Larabars both make mini bars that are around 100 calories, which I think is the perfect pre-meal sized snack.
- Get to the store – The longer I go in between trips to the grocery store usually means the less produce I have. In order to keep my fridge stocked with healthy snacks I usually need to make at least weekly trips to the market.
Thanks to all the awesome comments. Did I miss any?
I’m not a huge fan of chain restaurants but I do often find myself at a few. Chili’s is by far my favorite chain. Do you have a favorite?