The skinny girl's secrets: what's in the refrigerator?

Source: Whole Living

People often ask me how I stay thin at my, ahem, advanced age.  Yes, it involves a lot of exercise, but it also involves a well planned eating strategy.

Open the refrigerator door, and the strategy becomes clear.  Here's what you'll find:

  1. A pitcher of filtered water and a bottle of Pellegrino.  Proper hydration is an important component of a successful diet.  Why?  When we are dehydrated we often mistake thirst cues for hunger cues.  I make it a point to drink water all day long.  When I get bored of the plain stuff I add fresh mint, orange slices, lime wedges, or lemon.  I also mix things up with a bubbly glass of Pellegrino from time to time.
  2. A large tub of nonfat Greek yogurt.    Greek yogurt is high in protein and low in sugar.  Mix it with your favorite flavored yogurt for a healthy snack.  Use it instead of sour cream.  Cut your mayonnaise use by combining the two to make egg, tuna, or chicken salads.  (I use a 1:1 ratio).
  3. A bowl of washed, fresh fruit.  Every night, while making my kids' lunches, I prepare fruit for snacking the next day.  I strive to make snacking on whole foods convenient, and this works well.
  4. A bowl of "ready to go" vegetables.  I use the same strategy with vegetables as I do with fruit.  Each day you'll find a different vegetable to snack on.  Some of my favorites: grape tomatoes, sugar snap peas, red peppers, carrots, mushrooms.
  5. Hard boiled eggs.  Hard boiled eggs are the ultimate, healthy grab and go snack.  High in protein, they keep you satiated for hours.  Every refrigerator ought to have a few.
  6. Avocados.  Avocados are so creamy you can use them instead of a spread on sandwiches.  Load your next turkey sandwich with tomato and avocado.  You'll never go back to mayo.
What's in your refrigerator?

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