It is a known fact that everyone needs to eat. Our bodies require ample nutrition to function properly.
We all have to do it, it might as well taste good. I do my best to pick food that not only tastes good but can be fun and has diversity.
Part of my meal plan, and deal with my dietician, entails that I switch up my food choices every now and then to incorporate a variety of meal and snack options into my daily routine.
Sure, if you enjoy eating cereal for breakfast every day go ahead. But when you run out of cereal, will you be okay with choosing something else?
I think it is important to offer your body a variety of foods in many ways, not just in a meal containing carbs, protein, fat, and vegetables. I’m talking about changing your lunches out every few days or so.
I tend to get stuck and get in the habit of having a “safe” meal. This is why it is crucial that I change up what I’m eating every day.
With snacks, I tend to keep them on some sort of two or three-day rotation. Eating three snacks a day, it is hard to include a wide variety especially if you’re not super creative.
Through much trial and error, I’ve slowly learned what works best for me and my taste buds.
I go through slight obsessions with certain foods and incorporate them into my day as much as I can.
I wanted to share some of these with you, in hopes to increase your food variety or simply give you ideas for meals and/or snacks. These are some of my favorite foods that I’m eating right now!
In my exchange system, we count Nutella as an added fat. I am obsessed with it. Seriously, ask anyone who knows me.
Part of the reason why I love this product so much is that of the delicious flavor, especially if you have a sweet tooth like mine.
It is also extremely versatile. Nutella goes great on toast, waffles, fruit, and even Oreos. You can practically put it on anything.
1 TBSP. = 1 ADDED FAT EXCHANGE
Peanut Butter and Jelly
These are currently my favorite lunches. Not only are they easy to make but they are fantastic if you’re on the go.
I also love food that is somewhat customizable to your current taste preferences. With peanut butter and jelly you can choose the type of bread, jelly flavor, and if you’re getting really fancy, replace the peanut butter with a nut butter of your choosing.
This easy sandwich also gets me nearly have my lunch exchanges. If I am not interested in having a different added fat, I will include some peanut butter on the side for my fruit or throw in another scoop straight on the sandwich.
Sometimes I skip the jelly and do half peanut butter and half Nutella, with a sliced banana in between so a perfect mid-day treat.
2 PIECES OF TOAST = 2 STARCH EXCHANGES
3 TSBP NUT BUTTER = 3 PROTEIN EXCHANGES OR 3 ADDED FAT EXCHANGES
1 BANANA = 1 FRUIT EXCHANGE
One of my favorite morning snacks is a Clif bar. They have such a variety of interesting flavors that will satisfy the particular taste you’re looking for.
I recently tried the nut butter filled bar and am in love. They’re slightly smaller than the average Clif bar, but if you’re big on texture variation, then I have no doubt you’ll love these as well.
I highly recommend the white chocolate macadamia nut or oatmeal raisin walnut, my two favorites.
1 BAR = 3 EXCHANGES
The fruity yogurt from Fage is unbelievable.
Personally, I’m not a huge fan of sour tasting yogurt and theirs has the perfect balance of just that. There are also endless fruit variations so it is hard to get bored, as I eat at least one of these a day.
They work well as a dairy option for my breakfasts, a protein option if I’m in a bind at lunch, or a snack to hold me over until my next meal.
I also highly recommend sprinkled some granola or nuts on top for a crunchier texture.
1 YOGURT = 1 DAIRY OR 2 PROTEIN EXCHANGES
Where do I even get started with muffins? My all-time favorite food for breakfast. They work well for a snack too.
Chocolate chip, banana nut, blueberry, there are so many options to choose from.They’re even better with a little sugar sprinkled on top.
Muffins are excellent if you’re craving something sweet in the morning and are excellent on the go.
1 TWO-INCH MUFFIN = 2 STARCH EXCHANGES
I love my fruit, don’t get me wrong, but sometimes I get bored of the repetitive textures. When this happens, I pop some berries in the freezer overnight.
Frozen, it gives the fruit a harder texture (no duh) but retains the same fruity flavor. They go great with ice cream, dipped in chocolate, or standing alone.
1 CUP = 1 FRUIT EXCHANGE
Let me know what your current favorites are in the comments below.