Eat Live Be: I Need a Go-To Snack

Eat Live BeWe’re supposed to be talking about our healthy go-to snack. But… I don’t have one.

With my kidney disorder, I’m supposed to limit salt. Anything I want/crave is salty; even a lot of so-called healthy stuff has too much sodium for me. I have to avoid a lot of processed stuff. To boot, I don’t like sweets. No, really. I don’t. So even the protein bars/etc that are supposedly good for you and may contain less salt that other things simply don’t appeal to me. I love fruit and veggies, but they all taste horrible right now. Minus oranges and grapefruit. So maybe I’ll just stick with those right now.

Snacks make me nervous and stressed out. So I just don’t snack. Which makes me eat too much at meals. Sigh.

Anyway, I wanted to tell you a few things as I purposefully missed last week’s Eat Live Be. (Apologies to other participants.) I needed a week off from talking about all things healthy. Why? I just needed to be doing all things healthy. I really stepped up my workouts last week and logged a total of 25 miles (see me at Daily Mile). I am now into week 3 of my second year of Couch 2 5K. I had to restart this year as I had an injury late last year that ruined all of my training. I’m doing well; my ankle hates the treadmill but I’m working on it.

And tonight I start a new session of classes at the YMCA. I’m not just doing one yoga class per week now. Tonight is Zumba (what? oh no!) followed by Power Yoga. That’s right, two hours in a row. Wednesday will be Hip Hop Cardio (no video, kthx) followed by Yoga. That’s right, two hours in a row. I think I might be slightly insane, but it’s okay. I’ll be keeping up my running and elliptical as well. Thursday will remain my definite day off from the gym with options to go on Sunday if I feel so inclined. Or not if I don’t.

I feel great as of late. Physically. I have more energy. I’m sleeping better. My pants fit! I’m not seeing a huge difference on the scale, but my face lost its post-holidays puff. I know you know what I mean. I am super proud of myself — not for the weight loss aspect but for a photo I shared last week. I pulled the wagon with both boys — both of whom have gained weight — and I was not winded. I was not sore the next day. In fact, I felt amazing afterward. I am getting back to the healthiest version of me.

And it feels great.

Now if only I could figure out my snack issues. Hmm. What do you snack on that is low-or-no sodium?

Don’t forget to visit the Eat Live Be Facebook page and check out the other participants. I’ll be scouring their posts for healthy, sodium-free or sodium-lite snack ideas today!

Sarah at Cucina Bella | Cate at Sweetnicks | Maris at In Good Taste | Chris at Mele Cotte | Faith at Bon Appetit | Kristen at Dine and Dish | Joanne at Eats Well With Others | Casey at The Starnes Family | Patsy at Friends, Family and Food | Claire at Cooking is Medicine | Allison at Sweet Flours| Jen at NJ Epicurean | Jennifer at Lick-a-Plate | Rivki at Healthy Eating for Ordinary People | Sarah at Sarah’s Sweet Creations | Denise and Lenny at Chez Us

 

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9 Replies to “Eat Live Be: I Need a Go-To Snack”

  1. Yay for taking steps toward a healthier you! I’ve had to start snacking a lot more now that I’m pregnant and it IS difficult to find healthy snacks with low sodium! I’m not sure what your sodium limit is, but I make a homemade trail mix with unsalted peanuts and dried fruit that is pretty tasty and not too sweet. Just an idea…

  2. When I worked in an office my go-to snack before hitting the gym was a handful of unsalted almonds (I used to buy them in bulk fairly cheaply) and dried apricots. And I’m sure this won’t surprise you, I snack on cheese a lot.

  3. What about yogurt? It’s not a favorite of mine but Dannon makes a diabetic friendly yogurt in the super small sizes. I’ve only found it in 2 flavors, vanilla and strawberry, and it’s in a 4 pack. I get the vanilla and add some fruit to it from Charlie’s fruit cup stash.

    Lately I’ve been eating apples with peanut butter. The PB might have too much salt for you though. Or Laughing Cow cheese wedges with celery or carrots.

    My normal go to snack is a plain hard boiled egg. I’m supposed to be limiting my carbs and eating more protein overall.

  4. WOW good for you with all of that exercise! I feel tired just reading about it :) I like to snack on hummus or white bean dip with whole wheat pitas. Lightly salted nuts mixed nuts are good too.

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