This section is all about Ideas to help you stay on track. I have found that little ideas make a BIG difference. Preparation for the whole week can help you stay on track and not sabotage yourself. If you follow some simple tidbits when you come home and are starving (we have all been there) what you grab won’t set you back for the day.
1. Preportion your food: Everything in your pantry should be measured. After a trip to the grocery store take cereals, crackers, chips or any snacks and measure a serving size and put in a zip bag and place back in the original package, write the points on the outside of the bag or box. When you pack a lunch, eat your cereal or grab a snack you already know your points.
2. Take a three drawer plastic file (they are available at any Target type store for around 10.00) put 1 point snacks in the top drawer, 2 point snacks in the second drawer and 3 point snacks at the bottom…at least you have to bend all the way down to get a 3 point snack!
3. Cut all Veggies: Take a gallon zip bag and mix cut up veggies for example broccoli, cauliflower, baby carrots, any color pepper, cucumbers. I even slice Jicama. Take fat free sour cream and Hidden Valley Ranch Dips mix well. They come in four flavors : Original Ranch, Harvest Dill, Garden Green Onion and Fiesta Ranch. The Fiesta Ranch is also awesome on Fish Tacos.
4. Add Vegetables: Simple ideas are… egg white scramble (the sky is the limit), marinara sauce (mushrooms, peppers and onion), Hamburgers (chop fresh mushrooms and fat free feta cheese). stuff mushrooms (fine chop onion, carrots, celery, bread crumbs an egg white for glue), sandwiches (sliced cukes, tomato, lettuce, peppers, onions)
5. If you have problems with eating everything on your plate just because its there, then try ordering a to go box with your meal. This way you are able to box up the portion of the meal that you know you will not be able to eat and put to the side. That will now make a great meal later, while saving yourself from the un-needed calories! Thanks Gail for the tip.