Nutrition experts say that spreading out your meals and snacks throughout the day is the best method for keeping your weight loss plan in check. After all it is when we’re starved from either skipping a meal or eating too light in our last major meal that we overindulge in quantity and end up choosing poor quality options. To help foolproof that option, snacks can serve as a great alternative to hold us over to the next meal.
To clear the record it is 100% ok to snack. Let me give you an idea of how I run my daily routine. I target thanks to a fitness app 1600 calories a day (give or take a few extra calories if I’m more active one day than another). I spread that out over the course of the day by: breakfast, mid morning snack, lunch, mid afternoon snack, dinner, and even fit in dessert. I could easily order a big breakfast from McDonalds taking up all the days calories in the am and starve myself for the rest of the day but what good would that do anyone?!?
Here are some ideas for snacks I enjoy for mid morning and mid afternoon under 200 calories that will not only give you energy but help patch the length of time until your next meal:
5 AM snack ideas:
*fruit (apples, grapes, plums/peaches etc)
*hard boiled egg
* High fiber english muffin/1 tbsp of natural peanut butter (Thomas makes a great 100 calories english muffin with 6 grams of fiber)
* 1/2 cup plain greek yogurt/add berries (watch out for the fruit included versions they have a lot of unnecessary sugar 12g-30g!)
* 1 serving of almonds or mixed nuts (Emerald brand sells 100 calorie packs of nuts – perfect portion for filling you so you don’t go overboard with your hand in the nut jar!)
5 PM snack ideas
* plain popcorn (great to munch on since even 1 100 calorie bag gives you a ton!)
* cut veggies (carrots, sugar snap peas, red pepper strips, celery, cucumber) and 1 serving of hummus
* high fiber bar (I’m a fan of a majority of the kashi or fiber one bars)
* plain oatmeal packet (oatmeal for a snack? Yes! Great option when you need to tide yourself over for a late dinner since oatmeal breaks down slowly and keeps you full)
* 1 serving of multigrain crackers/Weight Watchers or Laughing Cow spreadable cheese wedge (check the box and know the count – some brands allow you up to 24 crackers for a mere 120 calories!)
Remember whatever your goal may be you need to remember to feed your body. Regardless of your age the method to the madness doesn’t change. You still need to eat and eat frequently so that your body doesn’t go through spikes (see my previous post on the glycemic index) and so that your brain is fueled and doesn’t work against you.
Have any great ideas for snacks? Let us know, leave a comment!