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Celebrity Trainer Valerie Waters's Tips For Getting Red Carpet Ready, Snacking Healthy

Red Carpet Ready: Valerie Waters on the Power of Snacking

Celeb trainer Valerie Waters has helped many clients prep for roles and the red carpet, including Jennifer Garner and Jessica Biel. With the Oscars just around the corner, I sat down with Val to learn some of her tips on getting ready for a big event.

Funny enough we spent most of our time talking about food — Valerie freely admits she is not a dietitian and calls herself a food coach. And who couldn't use a little coaching when it comes to food? Well-timed snacks are part of her plan to get you ready for your red carpet event. Valerie strongly believes in the power of snacking, mainly to keep your blood sugar levels steady so you don't binge on sugar and low quality carbs in a fit of hunger or panic.

When it comes to snacks, her mantra is "Plan. Prep. Prepare." You need to "pack your snacks the night before," and she advocates keeping an ounce of almonds mixed with two tablespoons of raisins in your purse as an emergency snack for when you're on the go. Valerie explains that a snack "should be a mixture of protein and carbs. The protein is filling and the carbs give you instant energy." Portion control is important for your snacking. A snack "is about 150 calories. It's not a meal . . . it's a bridge to the next meal."

Learn a few of her snack ideas when you


Here area three great snacks Valerie suggests:

  • Hard boiled egg and an orange
  • Veggies and hummus
  • Plain yogurt with berries

Timing your snack is important too. "If you have breakfast at 7 a.m. and you're not going to have lunch until 1 p.m., have a snack around 10." The same goes if you're having a late dinner. Remember to plan ahead! Learn more about how to get Red Carpet Ready directly from Valerie.

What's your favorite healthy snack?

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LaurenRose1 LaurenRose1 5 years
Greek yoghurt if I am at home -- the best snack out! Or a handful of nuts and goji berries stashed in my bag if I am on the run :)
jesssa jesssa 5 years
snacks are my favourite! i love: cheese, hummus + pita, veggies, greek yogurt, hard boiled egg, trail mix, apple + peanut butter! [also, does it bug anyone else that her snack motto is Plan. Prep. Prepare.? Essentially, Plan. Prep. Prep.]
insanitypepper insanitypepper 7 years
String cheese or baby bels with clementines. Cocoa roasted almonds (Emerald Nuts?). Hard boiled eggs. Roasted red pepper hummus with fresh red bell peppers. Yum, snacks.
Spectra Spectra 7 years
Fruit and yogurt is one of my all time favorite snacks. I sometimes add a little bit of Special K cereal on top to add a bit of crunch to it as well. It's REALLY yummy!
staceyny35 staceyny35 7 years
Trader Joes has individualized packs of almonds in a bag with 13 small packs. This is one of my best snack purchases.
mandaleebee mandaleebee 7 years
Celery with just a little bit of peanut butter. I love the crunch and now that I have gotten used to not using spoonfuls of peanut butter, I like it better with less! I also love roasted almonds and hard boiled eggs.
chloe-bella chloe-bella 7 years
I keep a giant bag of Trader Joe's raw almonds in my desk drawer, and I eat a couple throughout the day when I start to get hungry. All the protein and fiber makes them filling!
wiggle wiggle 7 years
Love the idea of a snack as bridge to the next meal. My fave snack is soft low cal bon bel cheese in celery. that's carbs and protein right?
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