Friday! Woohoo! I'm in my total happy place right now. This afternoon is full of party prep as one of my dearest friends Michelle and I are hosting a baby shower for our close friend and mama-to-be, Abby, tomorrow afternoon in Philadelphia. M and I have had more fun planning this shindig than ever and we cannot WAIT to shower A with lots of love and let baby H know he or she has a world of really cool people waiting for their arrival. What a Saturday we have in store(!!!) So...before tmrw's indulgance in all things cocktail and party appetizers and cupcakes galore gets underway, I thought this week's favorites could be of the healthy variety and how I choose to snack during the week in prep for a weekend of sugary immoderation that is 100% going to occur.
Zico Coconut Water. Instant hydration with a side of feeling like you're in tropical paradice on the beach with a pina colada (just for a second). OK...now I know this stuff gets mixed (read: nasty) reviews from those who think the taste is funny and odd and slimey but hear me out. This liquid is packed with potassium (prevents cramping during workouts), packed with the 5 essential electrolytes, is 0 fat, 0 cholesterol and 0 added sugar....AND....it rehydrates faster than water. A 1 cup serving is 45 calories and when I say the rehydration I feel is instant(the only natural substance that can---ready for it---be INJECTED into your blood stream intravenously), I am not kidding. Perfect for mid-yoga, perfect for the Sunday morning hangover. Get used to it, it is awesome. Chill for better taste.
Almond Butter & Celery Sticks. Such a childhood favorite of mine reinvented with a different nut spread. Packed with Vitamin E much more(40% vs 3%) than it's rival peanut butter, almond butter is also less in saturated fat. My tastebuds for sure favor peanut butter but I dont really like almonds (a "superfood") so I do my part and am getting used to this one. Great midday snack and the healthy fat/oil keeps me satiated til my next meal.
Dried Fruit. A perfect alternative when you need something sweet in a pinch. I prefer mango/cranberry/bluberry packs. Dried pineapple is a yummy option too!
Granny Smith Apples with Brie. Not the whole wedge, friends. It's delicious though! Slice up some apples with some thin cuts of brie and it is a wonderful and biting + smooth taste for your mouth. The cheese helps curb hunger and an apple a day....(you know the rest).
Vanilla Meringues. If you ever were the kid like I was and ate all the marshmellos out of the Lucky Charms cereal instead of eating it with breakfast and the toasted oats like a normal person, than these are for you. Fat free. One 1/4 bite of these cookies and it gives you an instant memory of being 8 years old for 5 calories. Yes.
Sarah: one part of a family of THREE with my husband Lee and sweet girl Morgan, simply wanting to chronicle the path I'm on and the path that will come to be. For now it's NYC urban mamaville where everyday is a new adventure! (Actually, just getting to the post office is an adventure.)
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