3 Healthy Tips {to stay on track!}

I posted last week about getting back on track and being down 10 pounds! {If you didn’t get a chance to check it out, just click HERE.} I’ve been really motivated to treat my body right and it’s amazing how much more upbeat and energetic I felt even during a busy week! {Imagine that! Treating your body well actually has a positive impact on your energy & mood.}

I’m still exercising regularly and trying to drink lots of water, but here are 3 other extremely simple things that have really made getting back on track, and most importantly STAYING on track, easy! {Well…easier!} Let’s be honest with ourselves, nothing feels better than working hard at something and actually seeing results. Any hard work, in any scenario, is never easy.

If you are like me and are always trying to find time on Sundays to meal plan for the week, I hope these 3 items help give you a few ideas! Just like I said in my last post, please feel free to comment below! I’d love to hear your “back on track, stay on track” ideas that work best for you.

#1 – Green Tea

I don’t mind drinking lots of water all day long. But let’s be serious, when I get home from a long day at work and get my baby to sleep, curling up on the couch with a comfy blanket and huge glass of ice water just doesn’t cut it. Don’t get me wrong, I drink water in the evening and always try to finish a full bottle right before I go to sleep! When you sleep, your body goes into recovery mode from the day. When it’s well-hydrated, it’s even better! But in that time between dinner and bed {The trashy TV catch-up time of the day!} I have been making a mug or two of hot green tea. It helps hydrate my body but also adds some flavor without the calories! And as an added perk, it’s packed with antioxidants. (I should note, I also love it iced during the day! It’s a great substitution for just plain water every once in awhile.) It’s helped me cut down on my late night snacking and wake up feeling refreshed. Cheers!

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Favorites: Bigelow and Tazo are both ones you can find at any local grocery store or Target.

If you’re hitting a drive-thru, Starbucks Teavana Shaken Unsweetened Iced Green Tea is the definite way to go. (Go for the Trenta. It’s 31 oz. and it’s still 0 calories!}

Image directly from Starbucks website. Click for nutritional info!

#2 – Eggs

Ok, there is nothing mind-blowing about the fact that eggs are overall healthy and a great source of protein. Whether it’s prepping them for breakfast or to take as a snack during the day, they are the perfect addition to any daily meal plan. To get your metabolism going for the day, breakfast is super important! If you’re like me, I am NOT a breakfast person most days. {Just give me some coffee & all is good with the world!} What I have been doing is keeping hard boiled eggs in the refrigerator and will have 1 with my cup of coffee in the morning (usually around 7am). Then, once it get’s to be a little later in the morning (around 9 or 10am), I will eat another “mini-breakfast” (examples: another hard boiled egg, protein bar or shake, greek yogurt, etc). The initial egg in the early morning helps boost my metabolism for the day. And eating small meals every couple of hours helps you maintain a higher metabolic rate throughout the day. It also stabilizes your blood sugar which is key to feeling good and having energy! One large egg is around 70 calories and 6 grams of protein.

As an added bonus: If you are wondering how to prep a perfect hard-boiled or hard-baked egg in just minutes, tomorrow’s #mondaymotivation post will share how to prep both ways!

UPDATE: On the blog NOW! Just click HERE and get ready to bake or boil, ice, and enjoy!

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#3 – Food Scale

When I say “This is the BEST $15 purchase we’ve ever made!” I promise I am not exaggerating. This is a game-changer with portion control. Does anyone else use a food scale to prep their meals? It takes all of the guessing out of portion sizes which is exactly what I needed!

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Image is linked to this exact one we purchased! If you are an Amazon Prime member, you can get yours in just 2 days! {Click now}

When a box of something says a “2 oz serving” is X amount of calories my first thought is “How do they expect me to know exactly what 2 oz looks like?!” And let me use wine as another example. My idea of a single glass of wine {5 oz} and an ACTUAL 5 oz glass of wine was COMPLETELY off. {News flash, Krista! Half the bottle of wine is actually NOT a single serving of wine.} I was pretty devastated when I found out what 5 oz really looks like BUT it’s exactly why this food scale is a NEED in my book. Understanding portion size is KEY to weight loss and weight control. My husband and I have started using our food scale for EVERYTHING. Pasta, meat, vegetables, wine, and the list goes on. It is the most simple yet effective tool that I’ve added to my daily lifestyle and let me reiterate this again, it’s a true game-changer for your healthy lifestyle goals!

Do something nice for yourself and your loved ones today! Good luck with your meal prep and here’s to STAYING on the healthy track!

xokrista

 

 

2 comments

  1. Cristina

    My food scale is my favorite kitchen item (besides my coffee maker ;))!! It is helpful and easy to use.

    I agree 1,000% on the eggs…now I must try green tea! 🙂

    1. Krista {Spread the Yay}

      Cristina, I am so with you! Coffee maker will always be #1! 🙂 🙂

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