Shaping Up for the Summer: Easy Healthy Food Hacks to Keep You Going

Shaping Up for the Summer

Hey everyone!

I’ve mentioned this many times before, but I love food. Food is literally life. What makes this relationship between me and food imperfect is my food intolerances. Dairy and gluten. This can be a hassle at times when eating on the go. While it is easy to find things that are gluten and dairy free, they may not be the best choice in terms of price or food option. 

Sure you can bring an apple or banana with you, but fruit can get bruised easily. Plus, you need protein to really keep full. Protein bars are a good option for most, but aren’t always made with good ingredients. Do you really want to eat something that is chock full of chemicals and artificial ingredients you don’t even know of?

I have been trying to fit in more workouts into my daily life, as the summer is quickly approaching us. I definitely slacked off a bit on my workouts during this past winter because of school, work, and an overall busy schedule. While I haven’t neglected my diet, I do want to get back into better shape.

One thing I like to do to maintain a healthy diet easily is to meal prep. It’s the easiest, most convenient thing that saves you so much time. People say it over and over again, and you probably have read or heard about this tip many times before. But, if you aren’t doing it already, clearly you haven’t heard it enough times yet.

One of my favorite breakfasts to make when I got a more relaxed schedule. Poached eggs with mashed avocado on toast. So filling and delicious! It's super easy to make too. I am still learning how to cook (as I really know more about baking), and this isn't too difficult to put together. Yet still tastes AMAZING

I personally like to wake up with enough time in the mornings to eat breakfast before heading off to wherever I have to go, whether that be school or work. One, it saves money to eat at home instead of heading out with a growling stomach. Two, you can guarantee you are eating something that will be good for you, rather than some random breakfast sandwich you bought at a fast-food place. 

Three, it feels so damn good to start your morning this way because then you feel more accomplished. It’s definitely a great way to make you feel like you started your morning on the right foot. (Or the left if you are left dominant. Dumb joke? My apologies)

I love these single serving size packets of Justin's nut butters because they make it way easier to add into oatmeal or as a dip with apples or something. The chocolate one is my favorite!

Every Sunday, I find the time to cook a huge batch of oatmeal that would last me throughout the entire week. I generally like to have oatmeal for breakfasts on weekdays because it is really comforting and filling. It’s so easy to jazz up with fruit, nuts, nut butters, seeds, whatever you so please. I like to top mine with sliced bananas, mixed berries, walnuts, and a splash of almond milk. When I’m feeling fancy I use chocolate almond milk because it adds a touch of sweetness and flavor without being overly so.

I generally cook my oatmeal with water, then add in a dash of almond milk when I heat it up again to make creamier. I find that overnight oats is not my thing because I like my oats when cooked. The texture is way better. Plus, it really absorbs the liquids way better, which means they can actually fill you up without you having to eat a huge portion. 

Adding in chia seeds is another way to really make oatmeal filling, and fiber and omega-3 fatty acid rich, which all helps you overall. As I’ve mentioned in the past, soaking chia seeds beforehand to allow it to absorb the liquids help to make them ten times more filling with a better texture than just eating them sprinkled on top.

As mentioned previously, I have been trying to workout more often in order to get back in shape. I used to workout every other day, with the days between spent doing stretches and core strengthening. Due to my busy schedule these last several months (as you all probably are aware of because of my decreased frequency of posts), I have only managed to squeeze in one workout a week or at most two. 

I like to workout in the afternoons because it helps wake me up a bit more to continue on at night doing homework or studying or working on projects or all of the above. Some people like to workout in the mornings, but for me I need that energy boost more in the afternoon. Or else I probably will collapse on the couch and nap instead.

Working out can definitely leave you incredibly energetic, glowing, and high… and also HUNGRY AF. After chugging water like I just crawled through the Sahara Desert, I like to think about what foods I want to eat. It’s not just important to have a good post-workout meal, but to also keep in mind to fuel your body with good foods as a pre-workout meal too. All of that taken into consideration along with wanting to fill your body up with nutritious, organic, whole foods can be a lot to remember.

Veggies is always a great option for snacks. Plus the complementary colors are so gorgeous. 

Trail mix is something I always like to have on hand to snack on when I need to. But I try to have something with it as well because they are good for a quick pick-me-up but don't necessarily last long.
Prior to workouts, I like to eat a light snack to make sure I actually have energy. I like to have a cup of coffee and some kind of fruit to get me going. 

The coffee gives me a kick of caffeine, which I definitely need because I also workout in the afternoons as that’s the only time I got free. Fruit has the carbs needed to give me a boost of energy as well. I like to add in some protein too because just straight up carbs would not keep me full for long!

Lately been OBSESSED with poke bowls! They are like a deconstructed sushi Hawaiian style. Sooo good and soooo filling. I love raw fish, aside from the whole potential parasite fear.
After I workout, it’s usually around dinner time by then. My pre and post workout meals are not that exciting. They just help to get the job done. Dinner can vary from night to night, but they always are centered around a type of protein, veggies, and a side of rice or other carbs. 

I try to keep my carb intake lighter at night, and to up my intake of veggies and proteins. Carbs are generally best eaten earlier in the day, hence why I focus more on proteins and veggies. Protein helps to build muscle, which I’m sure you guys already know. Muscle equals protein.

When people say things like “Oh I’m so full”, and all they have eaten was like a handful of trail mix, I want to punch them. It’s such an obvious lie! I mean, sure trail mix can be filling, but not THAT filling! You gotta pair it with something! I’m more of someone who needs food that adds volume to bulks things up. Something like a huge pile of carrots and hummus is better than a small little packet of trail mix. 

Don’t get me wrong, I love me some trail mix. That’s one of my go-tos that I always got in my purse or backpack for emergencies. But, I need foods that actually take up space in my stomach to fill me up. Foods of real substance. Which is why, unlike most people’s post-workout meals, I don’t reach for a protein shake. I don’t like to drink my calories because they never really do much for me. I like to chew and eat real food. Like a baby who is teething, I gotta have something to gnaw on. Okay maybe not that extreme.

One thing that has caught my attention as of late are GoMacro protein bars. They are gluten free, organic, and vegan. It’s hard to find foods like that these days. Foods that are fair trade, organic, and good for you. For people who have dietary issues like me, gluten and dairy if you got short-term memory loss and forgot what it was in the span of reading this post, these bars would be a great choice for you. 

Not a lot of companies actually have gluten-free, vegan, and organic protein bars. They usually have some sort of dairy or gluten product in them that makes them not a great match for those who avoid ingredients as such. Protein bars, such as the GoMacro ones, are such a convenient option to throw in your bag before you head out the door. They work as an easy snack to have before your hangry self strikes. Plus, they won’t throw you off track in attaining your beach bod.

I generally like to eat three real meals a day, with a couple snacks when needed. As my mornings start pretty early and my days end quite late, eating every 3-4 hours helps me function and keeps me going. I’m one of those people who likes to eat at specific routine times every day. 

Having that kind of routine down helps me to remember to eat, and not go past the point of hunger where you just become hangry and want to eat everything in site without considering what you are actually eating.

I've recently been getting into drinking kombucha. I'm still trying out different brands, but I really like the light, fizzy flavor of these fermented teas.  

Comment down below if you like drinking kombucha! It's so tasty, and a great way to get in some probiotics. 

This summer one of my goals is to try to go on a sugar detox for a month. I read about that before, how the effects left people feeling way more energized and more aware of the ingredients in their foods.

Obviously I won’t be cutting out natural sugars like apples and oranges, but added sugars even honey would be cut. I am really curious how that would help me. Not just to get in shape, but to feel better in general. I have a MAJOR sweet tooth, so let’s see how this will go. Have you ever tried going on a sugar detox? 

I cannot wait for summer! The weather has warmed up considerably, and I’ve already gotten to wear shorts and sandals several times these past couple weeks. I love when the sun is shining, and the skies above are blue. Granted, I will still be taking summer quarter classes, there is still a completely different feel in the air when it is summer.

Thanks for reading! I hope you all enjoyed my recount of how I eat. It almost ended up being more like a What I Eat in A Day post, except less specific. Lemme know in the comments below some of your tricks to getting in shape for the summer, and to eat healthier! What is your go-to healthy food hack?

I hope you all have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend!

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