to snack or not not snack - that is the question

I say, SNACK!!  As long as you are eating healthy foods and they are properly portioned, snacking can help keep your metabolism consistent.  Snacking every 2-4 hours lets your body know that it is not going into starvation mode and that it is OK to burn fat.  More often than not, you'll find that healthy, fit, happy people are snacking on healthy foods throughout the day.  Yes, people are different and people's bodies are different - you totally have to do what works for you and your body, but for those of us who are ready to eat, here is a super simple* list of foods to snack on:

broccoli and hummus

apple with tablespoon of nut butter

rice cake with nut butter

avocado with salsa poured in seedless side

cucumber sliders (turkey meat in between cucumber slices)

hard-boiled eggs (with mustard or cholula for more flavor!)

rice cake with avocado + salsa

seeds (small handful) and some fruit (apple, orange, berries, etc)

low fat cottage cheese with a few berries

small plain greek yogurt with a few berries

Handful of Trail Mix (keep a mason jar handy)

Banana with nut butter

Edamame

Ants on a log

Egg-white bites (you'll have to make these in advance, but SUPER easy)

Kind Bars

Avocado and tomato (alone or with a rice cake)

Advo Bars

Whole wheat toast with organic (no sugar added!) jam or nut butter

Smoothie - stay tuned for some quick and easy recipes!

Glass of water! (throw in some REAL lemon juice or other fruit to make it tasty!)

*keeping it simple means you will actually be able to keep this up.  For people who work in an office and have access to a fridge, I recommend keeping some of these items at the office for easy access.  That way you don't have to take a large supply of snacks with you to the office EVERY day; you can just re-up your supply once a week or so.

Find more of my favorite snacks here

Do you have any favorite go-to snacks? How often do you snack?  Share with the class - we are always looking for healthy snacking options!

Snack Smart!!

xo

EL Taylor

"Money looks better in the bank than on your feet" - Sophia Amoruso

Another year has come and gone and how much money did I save?  Definitely not as much as I spent... I will justify it with starting my own business in 2014 which I actually USED some of my savings for, but NO MORE!  

We are moving on to bigger and better things in 2015 and I am looking to save as much money as I can.

I will, of course, start with Dad's old school advice of saving 10% of everything I make, but I want to go beyond that and actually COMMIT to the 52-Week-Money-Challenge.. however, I am totally going to do it backwards... 

I found this article on WHY you should start with $52 in the first week and then save in decreasing amounts.  

1) its easier to save money in January than in December with crazy holiday spending and

2) quicker rewards!!  money looks GOOD in your account and $202 after the first month gives you a MUCH better feeling than $10.

3) more money equals more chance of earning interest...  IF you can actually get a decent savings account (do your research!) you're going to earn more, faster, if you deposit more earlier on.

I recommend reading the article... it really has some great insight to saving money, in general.

I printed out this handy dandy chart and will hang it by my home-office desk to keep me motivated.  I'm also putting a reminder in my phone to transfer the money every Sunday evening -- seems like a great way to start the upcoming week!  Eventually, I'll have the money transfer scheduled, but for now, I want to have the pleasure of moving the money over myself.  Plus, after all the spending I've done lately, I think thats the safest way to go, lol!

Do you have any tips and tricks on saving that you have found helpful??  Is saving more money one of your goals or resolutions for 2015?  Let us know in the comments below!

May the force be with you and save on!

xo

EL Taylor