Thursday, April 1, 2010
Even though I wrote yesterday about inedible rewards, we’ve still gotta eat, right?
I’ve learned that the best way to tame the beast in my belly is to eat every few hours.
I eat breakfast around 8 a.m. (yes, at my desk … probably not the best scenario, but for me, the most realistic).
Somewhere around 10, I snack. Lunch at noon, and another snack between 3 and 4 p.m.
Dinner is a crapshoot for us these days, anywhere from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Our first priority when we get home is feeding our son. Sometimes we eat dinner before he goes to bed, sometimes after.
I’m not saying that’s the best timeline; it’s just mine.
So, about those snacks. They’re a must. Otherwise, I will go whole-hog on lunch and dinner. And I’ve been even more ravenous since I started working out.
The trick, as always, is to be prepared.
I have a mainstay of snacks that I buy/prepare each week to take to work.
Anything with a lot of fiber and/or a lot of protein is key for me. Those snacks keep me more satisfied.
I still cut up my vegetables each week and put them in individual baggies so I can grab and go. My favorites are: yellow, red and orange bell peppers, cucumbers and grape tomatoes.
I also like the BabyBel cheeses, though they’re pricey. String cheese is a more economical option.
I keep a huge bag of unsalted almonds in my office. My husband bought the unsalted, and I was disappointed, but I’ve now gotten to where I actually like those better. They are a little sweet.
My favorite new snack is pictured. It’s called Smart Food, which I was scared would translate into Stupid Cardboard Taste, but I looooove these popcorn clusters.
It’s cranberry almond, and get this … it even has real cranberry and almonds in it!
This snack is 120 calories and 5 grams of fiber. It comes in convenient individual servings (otherwise I’d eat a whole big bag, for sure).
Most importantly, it’s delicious.
What snacks get you through the day?