Fitness Friday with Larisa

The past few weeks we have been focusing on the exercise element of fitness. Today we will take a closer look at nutrition.  Larisa offers up her top 3 tips to keep you on track:

  • Try to eliminate ALL processed foods.  If you can’t give up ALL…some processed foods are okay, just be sure to limit yourself to 3 ingredients you can pronounce or less.
  • Water, Water, Water.  Start your day out with a tall glass of water before eating your breakfast.  A good goal is to drink a glass of water with any and all solid foods.  If you don’t have to pee every hour you’re not drinking enough.
  • Always prepare your snacks. Package them by serving size and make sure you always have them accessible.  Most of my clients have their office prepped with a desk drawer stocked as well as their car center console to ensure that they are prepared when hunger strikes.  Here are some of Larisa’s favorite snacks for both the car and office:

healthy snacks

The car can be a little tricky when trying to figure out what would be okay to store for a few days, but these picks will last for a while with no worries PLUS they are 100 calories or less.  Apples (1), almonds (2), and air popped popcorn (3) are perfect for an on the go car snack.  Just make sure the almonds and popcorn are premeasured, so that your portions don’t get out of control.  Some of my personal favorites that come conveniently premeasured for you (I can be lazy about doing this, so when it’s done for me it works better :) are Blue Diamond 100 calorie packs of Low Sodium almonds and Skinny Pop Popcorn 100 calorie packs.  Both delicious & nutritious!

The office is a little easier because most of the time you will have access to a break room refrigerator.  Larisa’s favorite office snacks include jicama and hummus (4).  Jicama is a lesser known super veggie.  It is excellent source of fiber and vitamin C – 44% of the daily value per serving.  If you are hesitant to try it celery is a good alternative.  Another yummy snack, 1/2 of a banana and almond or peanut butter (5).  Bananas are one of our best sources of potassium, an essential mineral for maintaining normal blood pressure and heart function.  Last but not least greek yogurt (6) makes the cut as one of Larisa’s top 3 office snacks…the protein and calcium 1-2 punch is a perfect fit for a healthy lifestyle.  Just be cautious of the amount of sugar and try to go with something with 6g of sugar or less.

If you want to know more or need any help developing a daily meal plan reach out to Larisa directly at (443)250-5245 or

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