During busy non-stop days you’re spending a lot of your willpower. If you’re too busy to snack on anything of substance, you may be more tempted to just grab anything once your willpower bank account is low. Be prepared.
Whether you are a teacher or a woman with a tight schedule who hits the ground running while at work and then whose tank is low at the end of the day or not, you’ve probably run into a stressful time when cravings hit. This one’s for you. If you negate stress with exercise but feel limited by a joint issue, like the knee pain I target today, you’ll find answers here.
Stock the kitchen with the right stuff and remove processed items and your triggers.
If you bring it into the house, you plan to eat it. That doesn’t mean you never will treat yourself. You’ll just be able to consciously decide to go out and get it and do it. When you do, get a single size serving and enjoy it. That alone may reduce the times you do it, or minimize the damage.
Minute Made Meals (and Snacks):
Have a ready-snack. You could eat a whole bag of Oreos by yourself? Have a creamy chocolate option that won’t kill your goals and give you a sugar hangover. This rich creamy treat is a blood-sugar stabilizer packed with protein to help your goals not sabotage them.
My Chocolate Bliss Smoothie Bowl
- 1 scoop chocolate Plant Powered Girl shake mix
- 1 cup frozen cherries
- ¼ avocado
- ¼ cup gluten-free oats
- 1 T. chia seeds or hemp hearts
- 1 T cacao powder
- 4 ice cubes, optional (I always do)
- Coconut milk, to desired thickness (start with ½ cup and increase as needed)
Pulse the cherries, hemp hearts, and liquid first. Then blend all the ingredients until smooth. Add antioxidants by adding a handful of greens. If you don’t have a NutriBullet in the break room and you do have a refrigerator, why not? [Save $20 AND shipping on a NutriBullet here for watching!]
Top with fresh or slightly thawed berries, sliced almonds (pictured), raw coconut or use your imagination!
This smoothie is loaded with the protein and fiber that kill cravings plus healthy fat to satisfy you for hours. Hemp hearts offer high plant-based protein as well as fiber. In addition to adding fiber the chia seeds and avocado make this good-for-you-treat similar to chocolate mousse.
For an afternoon snack after a busy day and before some calming exercise that will wind you down, this is a sinfully-good smart snack. If you don’t love chocolate as much as I do? You can do a vanilla version. It’s ridiculous to think you’ll never want a treat. Be prepared.
Muscles in Minutes:
- Start your day with higher intensity exercise. Short cardio sessions and heavy weight training in as little as 10-20 minutes will increase your energy during the day as well as your fat burning.
- Keep your late day exercise to your longer (or short) slow walks, yoga, or simple stretches to calm and relax you for a great night’s sleep.
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