I’ve become about 5x more strict in what (and how) I eat when I’m alone. I eat about five times a day with each “meal” ranging between 200-300 calories. I try to keep my total calorie count around 1300, which means I can eat 1300 calories if I don’t work out at all. If I work out, I can afford to eat more. I usually don’t eat much more, but it’s still important.
I don’t expect a completely different body after one summer; that’s completely unrealistic and I know a bunch of people that think it’s possible. It’s not, but you can eat some pretty good, healthy things in the summer and get a few steps closer.
Here are some of my favorite summer snacks!
One of my favorite breakfasts is poached eggs on toast. It’s been one of my favorite things since I was pretty little actually. My dad always made me poached eggs on toast on Sunday mornings and they were hard to beat. Mine are getting pretty competitive though.
Two Poached Eggs: 140-150 calories
One English muffin (my preference): 120 calories
One Piece of Whole Wheat Toast: About 110 calories
You can also add two slices of tomato (10 calories) and maybe a little bit of avocado (There’s a little over 220 calories in a whole avocado so a slice might be around 50) for some healthy fats!
Orange Protein Shake
Now, I don’t really like protein shakes, but I’ve found I can do this one. It’s not super healthy because it calls for diet soda, but it tastes so delicious and it keeps me full for a while.
1 Scoop of Protein Powder (120-150 calories)
1/2 cup of frozen mango (50 calories)
1/2 cup of frozen peaches (50 calories)
1 can of Diet 7 Up
Now, you can switch around the fruit and type of diet soda for some really good flavors! My mom loves Diet Cherry 7 Up and Diet Sunkist. My dad loves the Diet Mountain Dew. We substitute the fruits all the time for whatever happens to be in our freezer and strawberries and pineapple always go pretty well with everything.
Lastly, my favorite snack lately has been peanut butter and bananas. I’ve found many different ways to eat them together, but generally I go with them on a toasted English muffin.
1 full banana (105 calories)
1 English Muffin (120 calories)
2 Tbsp Extra Chunky Peanut Butter (190 calories)
Sometimes I even add a little bit of honey (no more than 50 calories) for some extra sweetness!
The great thing about all these snacks is they’re pretty filling and they taste great. Almost everything in them is good for you and keep you satisfied!
Don’t beat yourself up if you have a splurge meal now and then! They happen, especially in the summer. Just try to eat healthy when presented with the opportunity and the rest will even itself out.