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Small Changes with Low Carb Beer, Natural Zero Calorie Sweetener, & More!
I’ve learned that making drastic changes to my diet doesn’t equal long-term success for me. I do much better with small changes and making swaps. This year I’m working on making some better choices when it comes to my snacking and what I drink. These are two areas where I don’t always make the best choices! By focusing on these areas and making some small changes, I’ll be able to reach small goals and feel the success that will help keep me focused.
Big goals and resolutions are amazing. But sometimes it can feel challenging when you’re not sticking with them. So I set smaller goals, like stepping stones, to the bigger things I’m working on. That way I feel small successes that keep me going.
They help me keep my eye on the prize.
This year the prize is another step towards living a balanced life in terms of my diet, my activity level, and taking care of myself!
If you’re looking to make some changes this year, be sure to check out the bottom of this post for the Resolutions at Walmart Sweepstakes! You have a chance to win a gym membership!
SMALL CHANGES THAT ARE EASY TO MAKE
I’ve got a nice list of small changes I’m making this year. Here are a few of them:
- Making my bed each morning. (I started this in 2018 and it’s been amazing for my mental health! So simple but so good!)
- Take a walk every day.
- Drink more water.
- Reduce soda intake.
- Eat more protein and fewer carbs.
These are five simple things I’ve started doing. Making my bed is wonderful because I love crawling into it at night. Taking a walk is easy to make happen. It doesn’t have to be a marathon walk. It can be a mellow walk to get outside and get moving.
I challenge myself to drink more water by using a water tracker. I like to have a goal to meet or beat! Reducing the amount of soda I drink while also eating more protein and fewer carbs are changes that I’m getting some help with!
NATURAL ZERO CALORIE SWEETENER
Working to cut down the amount of soda I drink is one of the main things I’m working on this year. In addition to water, tea has become a staple for me! Iced tea and hot tea are on the menu for me every single day.
But I don’t like unsweet tea. So one of the small changes I’m making is to find a sweetener swap.
Splenda Naturals Stevia has been a great option for me. It’s 100% natural and has a great taste! It’s zero calories (perfect!) and has nothing artificial! It’s a 100& natural stevia product with no original SPLENDA® (sucralose) in it.
I’ve been using it as a sugar substitute for a few weeks now and it’s definitely helping me take care of that sweet craving I have from time to time. I’ve tried a few different options and Splenda Naturals is the one that I’ve stuck with! It doesn’t have an aftertaste so I can enjoy the flavor of my tea!
My current favorite hot tea is peppermint and I’m not sure what I’ll do once winter is over! Can you drink peppermint tea all year long?
LOW CARB BEER SWAP
Justin is making small changes with me this year too and for him, finding a low carb beer swap has been a great way to make a big change in his life without it feeling like a big change!
He likes to enjoy a cold drink on the weekends, especially when we’re watching football! Michelob ULTRA Pure Gold is a light lager with a superior golden taste. He’s no stranger to drinking light beer so discovering the refreshing taste of Michelob ULTRA Pure Gold has been great!
It’s made with organic grains, is triple filtered, and brewed without artificial colors or flavors. Our favorite thing about it is that it only has 85 calories and 2.5 carbs per bottle!
Justin can enjoy his usual cold drink while making a better choice. I can indulge a bit when I feel like it and not feel any guilt about it! (Please be sure to always enjoy responsibly.)
If you’re looking for a great low carb beer with refreshing flavor, we definitely recommend trying it!
AFTERNOON SNACK OPTIONS MADE EASY
I’m a snacker. I always have been and have accepted that I probably always will be. So instead of cutting out snacks from my day, I’ve been on the hunt for better snack options. For me, I often reach for a snack to give myself a pick me up mid-afternoon. So I’m focusing on protein this year.
Last year, we tried some of the Optimum Nutrition products available at Walmart and found that we all loved the Protein Crisp bars! So these have been a staple in our pantry for a few months now instead of some of the other bars I’d been buying.
Each Protein Crisp bar has 20 grams of protein which keeps me going, no matter how busy the day is. I love the crispy texture and the convenience of tossing one in my purse on my way out the door! I’m never caught without one. They’re perfect for on the go and that’s the way our lives are, especially once the kids’ activities all start up again!
When I’m at home, I’ve been trying some of the other Optimum Nutrition products including AMino Energy and Gold Standard Whey. So far they’d both been great as snacking options!
In my quest to drink less soda, Amino Energy has been a huge help in the afternoon. It has caffeine from natural sources which has been great for energy and helping me stay focused. It only has 5 calories and 0 grams of sugar. I just mix it with water and enjoy a great afternoon pick me up!
It’s helping me work on the goal of kicking the soda from my days!
Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard Whey has become part of my afternoon snack on the days I whip up a smoothie. Smoothies are one of the ways I’m trying to fulfill the sweet cravings I have in a better way. Adding Gold Standard Whey to my smoothie adds 24 grams of protein! It only has 120 calories, 1.5 grams of fat or less, and 2 grams of sugar or less!
Optimum Nutrition products are great for offering me snacking variety and helping me avoid some of the things I used to reach for. Small changes!
RESOLUTIONS AT WALMART SWEEPSTAKES
The great thing about all of these products is that they’re all available at Walmart. That makes it so convenient when I’m out doing my weekly shopping! So next time you’re at your local Walmart, check the out Splenda Naturals, Michelob ULTRA Pure Gold, and Optimum Nutrition products!
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Enter for your chance to win and kick off your small changes this year!