This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Kashi.
2014 is the year of changes for me. I’ve already shared what I’m doing differently in my parenting. I’ve also said that I need to eat better and exercise more, since this is the most I’ve weighed aside from pregnancies. While I think that exercise and diet are both factors that contribute to weight loss, I’m first going to share with you the changes I’m making to my diet to get healthier this year.
Drink More Water
I know this sounds super simple. It’s advice I’ve heard over and over again: that often we aren’t even hungry, we’re just thirsty, so we need to try drinking water first. But, aside from the time when I did a detox, I’m terrible at remembering to drink water. But since the new year started, I’ve been drinking a lot of water. I keep this huge cup filled and refill it as soon as it’s empty. It helps that it has a lid, so that I don’t feel like it’s going to spill all over the place. Also, for January, Hubs and I have given up soda and alcohol, just to give us a jumpstart on getting healthier.
I’ve been big on meal planning for the past few years. With three boys, things can get hectic around here. If I don’t plan ahead, it becomes really easy to talk myself into going through a fast food drive-thru on the way home from soccer practice or ordering a pizza for delivery instead of heading to the grocery store. But, I’m being more intentional with my meal planning, with the dinners being around 500 calories each per serving.
I tend to get caught up in my family’s busy schedule and not make time to stop and allow myself to snack. So, when it comes to meal time, it’s been a while since I ate, making me feel like I’m STARVING and causing me to overeat. I make sure to have a mid-morning and mid-afternoon snack, and sometimes a snack after dinner. I’m trying to have some variety but without breaking my grocery budget: a different type of snack for each snack time would add up over the week, but the same over and over would have me wanting to raid my boys’ school snacks and eat something I shouldn’t.
Last week, I alternated my snacks between apple slices, grapes, yogurt with honey, carrots, and Kashi Crunchy Granola & Seed Bars. All simple snacks that filled me up and made me less likely to pig out when mealtime rolled around.
About Kashi Crunchy Granola & Seed Bars
- These new Kashi Crunchy Granola and Seed Bars provide a blend of progressive and unique ingredients(including chia seeds, flax and quinoa).
- The Crunchy Granola and Seed Bars come in two flavors: Honey Oat Flax and Chocolate Chip Chia.
- The Chocolate Chip Chia Crunchy Granola and Seed Bars deliver 320mg of ALA omega 3’s, 3g fiber and 23g whole grains and the Honey Oat Flax Crunchy Granola and Seed Bars deliver 320mg of ALA omega 3’s, 3g fiber and 25g whole grains.