My Favorite Snacks

Typically I post a recipe for you guys on Fridays, but I’m just not feeling it today. I’m exhausted and not feeling one bit so creative. So instead, I thought I would talk about one of my favorite things: food. I snack all. the. time. Since I don’t eat meat, I’m hungry a lot of the time, even with the extra protein I try to take it. Hence why I’m always eating. Recently, these are some of my favorite things to eat:

  • Clif bars

  • Apples

  • Hummus and carrots

  • Fruit snacks

  • Protein shakes

  • Popcorn

  • Trail mix

  • Pop chips

  • String cheese

  • Juice

I was honestly trying to sit here and think of other things I eat on a regular basis (not including meals), and that’s pretty much it. Very rarely do I eat snacks other than those things. What’s funny is that popcorn and string cheese were the only things I ate prior to about 2009. My taste buds have really changed in the last couple of years. Want to know how I know I’m getting old? Anything over a little bit of sugar makes me feel sick. Do I still eat it? Of course I do. I also feel old when I drink my large black coffee. And when my knees crack when I go up or down the stairs. And when I go to bed at 8:30. Oh well.


Yesterday was really hard for me. I recently signed up for Chalene Johnson’s 30 Day Push. I would highly recommend it if any of you are interested in figuring out what the hell you want to do with your life; and it’s free! The past few days have been focusing on goals that I want to accomplish in the next year. It makes me really sad to look at my goals list and see all the wonderful things I could do if I just stopped making excuses and did them already. For some weird reason I have been feeling really bad for myself lately and I gotta snap out of that. Why would I sulk around when I could get out there in the world and make shit happen? I’m also trying really hard to stray away from the misconception that I have to do what I feel like I should. Why can’t I do what I want? Tara Stiles says, “Who made the rules?” I support that.

I really believe that things will be easier once I’m out of my parents house. It’s very difficult to do what I want without being judged, because what I want to do with my life is not “typical.” I understand how that can cause some uneasiness with my loved ones, but people have to trust me (and I have to trust myself!) that I can be successful if I really set my mind to it and dedicate some serious time.

Just so you guys kind of understand what I’m talking about, here’s the 10 goals I would most like to accomplish in the next 12 months:

  1. Open my own online health business.
  2. Start writing a health book.
  3. Have 10 steady PT clients.
  4. Meet and/or speak with Ellen DeGeneres and Jillian Michaels.
  5. Stop my crazy eating cycle.
  6. Practice yoga 1 hr./3x/week.
  7. Lose 10 pounds.
  8. *something I can’t say because I would get in trouble!*
  9. Move out of parents house.
  10. Run 1/2 marathon.

Chalene encourages you to “go crazy” on these goals. Put yourself out there and don’t make goals that are “comfortable,” so that’s exactly what I did. My problem is that I tend to forget about what I really want in the moment. My thought process goes something like this:

I want that cookie.

*eats cookie and feels like crap*

10 minutes go by

I should have some ice cream.

*eats ice cream and feels like crap*

later that night listening to a Jillian Michaels podcast…

Why on earth did I eat that stuff? I feel terrible and I don’t even like it!

Everyyyyy day. This happens to me all the time. I think I just get so caught up in what I’m doing for other people, that I forget to think about myself. I’m a personal trainer and a nutritionist; I need to live up to what I am preaching! Hopefully the rest of Chalene’s challenge will help me to get my shit together.


Update on my Tara Stiles obsession: it’s increasing by the minute. I kind of love her.


What is one goal you have for yourself this year?


  1. I’m pretty sure my snack every afternoon for a good two years was an apple and string cheese. Cannot go wrong with either of those!

    Chalene’s challenge looks interesting – I might have to look into it! I’m going to be incredibly jealous if you get the chance to speak to Jillian Michaels, I love her.

    • allison.hayes91 says:

      Please look into it! I think it’s fantastic. And if I get to meet Jillian, I will pass out. Or cry. Or something. I look up to her so much.

  2. I love all of those snacks- we have a lot of favorite foods in common.

    One of my goals is to be more positive– I have a bad habit of stressing out about little things and I should get over that.

  3. Love apples with cheese and or peanut butter! The chalenge sounds interesting, sometimes I have a hard time setting ambitions goals because I fear I will be disappointed if I dont succeed.

  4. mm great snacks. I have to say carrots are my go to because they are so cheap but I do love my popcorn and pop chips

  5. Caitlin says:

    Mmm pop chips and string cheese…we know about my love for both :D i’m trying to think of a meaurable goal for the year since mine are more along the lines of loosen up, have faith, let go…but i would like to run at least 4 half marathons before the end of the year

  6. Meagan says:

    Love the new blog design! I haven’t been by in a coupe of days…

    We have some favorite snacks in common. I love apples and we currently have two boxes of the Welch’s fruit snacks in our cupboard becaus they were on sale AND I had a coupon. Score!

    One goal this year- I plan to run my first full marathon in November! I am already signed up :)

    I nominated you for a Liebster award! You seem to have a lot of followers, but I was thinking your blog was relatively new/up and coming, and the award is meant to promote new blogs.

    • allison.hayes91 says:

      Thank you so much! The Welch’s fruit snacks are the best. Costco sells them in bulk :p That is a HUGE goal; I love it! Have you started training yet? Thank you so much for the nomination; you are so sweet :) <3

      • Meagan says:

        My training plan for the full starts in July, but I run regularly and have a bunch of races on the calendar between now and then. So I guess in a way, yes I am training :) but not officially?? lol

  7. These snacks are all amazing! Girl, these are some great goals! I am here to encourage you and to talk anytime you want :) My goals are to not sweat the small stuff and to appreciate each day for what it brings!! I have more goals then this of course, but those are a couple that are high on the list. Happy Weekend!!

    • allison.hayes91 says:

      Thanks love! You are amazing. Those are two wonderful goals you have. Those goals seem to make everything else in life easier.

  8. Picky Nicky says:

    We’re snack soul mates :D And I also feel sick when I eat even a bit of sugar…. but when my boyfriend bakes really sweet banana bread how can I say no? :) <3


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