Poor Jessica Simpson. She never had a chance. Baby Maxwell is 10 weeks old, which means the world has continued to call her fat for 70 days. Despite her reported $4 million-deal with Weight Watchers, it appears the baby weight isn’t melting off the way she… or I…or probably YOU… thought it would.
I’ve been told that women should aim to eat 30 grams of protein for breakfast every day. That’s a lot. Like, five eggs. Gross. Who could do that? So here are five quick and easy snacks that helped get me back on track*.
*But I’m no Jessica Alba. Sigh.
1. Nature Valley Protein Bars
Since Posey naps around 10 and around 3, I find that a lot of days we’re out and about during lunchtime. These bars– which Costco sells in a giant 24 pack– are the perfect snack to keep in your diaper bag. Self-contained, you can eat while driving (just the peanut butter dark chocolate ones– the almond ones are way messier for some reason) and 10 grams of protein.
2. Light String Cheese
Again, easy to take on the road, portion-controlled and only 50 calories with 6 grams of protein. I’m a Sargento girl.
3. Stretch Island Fruit Leather
These were an impulse buy at Costco a few months ago, and I’ve never looked back. 45 calories, all-natural ingredients, no added sugar. I keep them in the diaper bag with the protein bars. You can’t get enough fiber, you know what I’m saying? Which reminds me, the gummy fiber supplement inventor deserves an award.
4. Kashi 7 Grain Waffles
I usually have one of these for breakfast, along with two slices of turkey sausage or nitrate-free turkey bacon from Trader Joe’s, but they make a great snack, too. Remember: no white flour!
5. Protein Smoothie (approx. 220 calories, 16 grams protein)
I started replacing cow milk with almond milk a few months ago. Some people argue that dairy causes an excess of mucus in the gut– causing belly fat, but science has proven that’s pretty much bunk. However, I do sort of subscribe to the thinking that lady-cow milk is for hungry baby cows who need to gain 2000 pounds, so I try to limit my intake to the bare necessities: cheese and Skinny Cow ice creams cones. Therefore, I use almond milk in coffee and smoothies, like this one:
- 3/4 c. unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- 2 scoops vanilla Aria protein powder (I get it at Trader Joe’s)
- 1 banana (or peach, or whatever fruit you have on hand)
- 3 ice cubes
- a pinch of cinnamon
Blend all ingredients in a blender and enjoy for breakfast or as an afternoon pick-me-up!
Jess, we’re rooting for you.