To go along with you fun workouts, here’s a few foods to help you enjoy the journey of a New You!
1. Personalized Pizzas
You can make the process as easy or as difficult as your cooking skills allow. If you don’t want to make dough or the sauce from scratch, pick up some premade at your local grocery store. Cut up your favorite veggies — bell peppers, olives, broccoli, whatever — into strips and rings. For low-fat protein, buy some turkey pepperoni. Spread the sauce over your dough or crust, leaving room on the edges of the pie. Sprinkle on some cheese. Bake according to the crust’s directions and soon you’ll have your own personal pizza masterpiece.
2. Snacks on a Stick
Kabobs are fun to assemble and very portable. Make some in the morning and then enjoy them throughout the day. They don’t require cooking or grilling. Fun, fast and enjoyable foods! Here are a few ideas for food you can easily skewer:
- Banana Yogurt Bites — sliced banana dipped in low-fat yogurt, rolled in granola
- Italian Hero — cubed foccacia, turkey pepperoni, cherry tomatoes and low-fat mozzarella
- Dessert Kabab — angel food or pound cake cut in fun shapes and strawberries, blueberries and raspberries
3. Smoothie Pops
Freezer popsicles are another snack that’s easy and fun to make. You can put just about anything into a smoothie and make it as healthy as you’d like. Just pour your smoothie mixture into a paper cup or mold, insert the stick in the middle, and freeze until solid.
Try these healthy smoothie combos:
- Orange Banana — Puree one container of Greek yogurt, 2/3 cup orange juice concentrate, two bananas and a tablespoon of lime juice.
- Mango — Puree one cup mango slices, 1/2 cup mango or peach nectar and a container of nonfat yogurt.
- Honey Berry — Puree two cups frozen mixed berries, one tablespoon honey and one cup nonfat vanilla yogurt.
Always be creative — use any fruit and yogurt combo that sounds yummy. To add more fiber without altering the taste, toss in two tablespoons of chickpeas. Fiber keeps you feeling full longer and reduces the risk of heart disease and diabetes.