Crunches, sit-ups and planks are apart of your daily ritual as you set out on the path of lean abs. Your abs feel strong but you just aren’t seeing any progress! Well perhaps your diet and snacking plays a role in this. Today, we talk about snacking and I have a bunch of snack ideas which will contribute to helping you reach your goal.
April has been all about abs here at Len Brophy Fitness! We’ve been working our abdominals to the max with the 21 Day Ab Challenge. Be sure to join in on the fun or challenge a friend to get those abs sculpted! We have a whole playlist on YouTube ready for you, so no excuses!
If you’re anything like me, you love snacking! And when you’re a busy mom, personal trainer and trying to run a business, snacking keeps me going. The last thing on my mind is snack ideas and having to take an hour to prep something I will eat in 5 minutes.
But mindless unhealthy snack options can hide your abs! That is why I’m giving you some snack ideas to keep your stomach in check and keep you fueled throughout the day.
“You can’t out-train a bad diet”. Ever heard a personal trainer or health guru say that? Yes, because it’s true!
If you are spending enough time training those abdominals (2-3 times per week) and still not getting the results you are looking for, the problem will most likely be found in your diet and eating habits.
Always incorporate the 80/20 rule. Follow any “cheat meal” with at least five healthy meals and snacks. This ensures that you’ll be eating right more than 80% of the time.
Snacks keep the body fueled in between meals. However, in today’s world grabbing a chocolate bar or packet of chips is too easy to reach for instead of a healthier option. And yes, sometimes a piece of fruit gets a bit boring and repititive
Here are some snack ideas which will contribute to those lean killer abs:
1. Mixed Nuts: 28-35 grams.
Why it’s good for you: this is packed full of nutrients and antioxidants. They’re full of fibre and are easily available. I love to keep some nuts with me wherever I go for a kick of energy.
2. 1 Large Red Bell Pepper with 85g Guacamole
Why it’s good for you: the red bell pepper is packed with nutrients and it’s super tasty! Accompanied with some guac, which is high in unsaturated fats, this combo is perfect.
3. 100g plain full fat yogurt with 50g mixed berries
Why it’s good for you: plain full fat yogurt is packed with probiotics and will help get your daily required fat intake up quickly. With the antioxidant-packed berries, this is a winning combo!
4. Medium apple with 1 tablespoon (15g) peanut butter
Why it’s good for you: you know the saying, an apple a day keeps the doctor away! With a tablespoon of peanut butter, this makes for a tasty and satisfying snack. Be sure to get natural peanut butter or make your own.
5. 5 small celery sticks with 60g cheese
Why it’s good for you: the celery is a great detoxifier and is loaded with nutrients, such as vitamin C and K. Celery is known for it’s amazing nutrients which aid the body to detox – feel the need to detox? Try the 7 Day Detox Plan here. Your abs and body will thank you!
6. 1 Cup of Kale Chips
Why it’s good for you: kale is another great detoxifier, as it has one of the highest levels of antioxidants amongst it’s cruciferous friends.
70g kale leaves
15 ml olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
Add all ingredients together and massage oil and salt into leaves. Spread evenly on a lined baking tray and bake for 10-15 minutes on 180 degrees celcius.
7. Cinnamon flax seed pudding
Why it’s good for you: flax is packed with omega 3 fats and lignans. They are also extrememly rich in fibre which will help your digestive system to get moving.
80g cottage cheese
15g flax seeds
Mix well and add stevia or any sweetner of choice to taste. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
Strong abdominals reduce and prevents back pain, improves posture and a strong core stabilises the entire body during exercise. Without a good core the rectus spinae muscles of the back will stabilise and compromise resulting in a sore back after any kind of physical endeavour. Looking after your abdominal and core muscles is totally worth the little bit of effort! With these snack ideas, you will be able to keep your abs in check with healthy, nutrient-dense options which will sustain you until your next meal.
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See you soon!