Well, if you’re looking for sustainable weight loss and healthy habits that last, all it takes is a little extra effort and mindfulness to still bring tasty treats that fuel us with energy instead of pack on the pounds. Chicago’s Health & Fitness Expert Stephanie Mansour is here to show us how:
Remember to bring some spray to stay clean! This hand spray is actually an all-natural hand sanitizer but unlike typical gel hand sanitizers, Touch is designed for use PRIOR to coming in contact with germs and bacteria, not after.
Protect your eyes while you’re outdoors! I’ve got some cool new sunglasses from Under Armour.
Next, make sure you pack some dishes in your picnic basket that will help with portion control! I love this brand called Kangavou. I like the compartments for portion sizing – why eat healthy if you’re going to put it onto plates full of chemicals? These are BPA and led free, and dishwasher safe.
Now, onto the foods to pack. Bring pre-cooked and marinaded meats! Here I have some grilled chicken with Wild Garden’s new Taste of the Mediterranean Quick Marinades:
-In just 10 minutes your proteins can be fully marinaded
-Marinades are all natural, quick and easy to use
– They’re available at Mariano’s and Jewel-Osco
If bringing a can of tuna is more your style, instead of making a sandwich you can put tuna on healthy crackers and add a little bit of mustard. They’re the perfect bite-size protein-packed entree option. I brought Safe Catch Tuna – they’re ELITE Tuna. It can be eaten everyday by pregnant women, kids and babies because it’s 4X lower in mercury than competitors on the market.
For dessert, instead of fattening cookies or candies, let’s make it a little healthier. Here I have these Made In Nature Dried Fruit & Nuts. They’re All organic, non-gmo, the dried fruit is unsulfured, and don’t use any refined sugar. They’re portable, don’t need to be refrigerated, and don’t need to be prepped. I’ve also got chocolates from a local chocolate company in Old Town, Chicago, “”Cocoa and Company.” I’m featuring their Dark Chocolate Turtles (dark salted caramel and toasted pecans drizzled with bittersweet chocolate and sprinkled with sea salt) and Mini Bark Boxes (roasted peanut and toffee milk chocolate bark.)
Finally, let’s talk about the cocktails! Pack smaller wine cups and use half sparkling water, half wine to make a wine spritzer. Also, makes sure to have plenty of bottled water on hand! (The Voss water and Lemonesse are shown.)
Stephanie Mansour is Chicago’s best health & fitness expert and weight loss coach for women in Chicago. She also is weight loss coach for executive women everywhere who are on the go.