I say, SNACK!! As long as you are eating healthy foods and they are properly portioned, snacking can help keep your metabolism consistent. Snacking every 2-4 hours lets your body know that it is not going into starvation mode and that it is OK to burn fat. More often than not, you'll find that healthy, fit, happy people are snacking on healthy foods throughout the day. Yes, people are different and people's bodies are different - you totally have to do what works for you and your body, but for those of us who are ready to eat, here is a super simple* list of foods to snack on:
broccoli and hummus
apple with tablespoon of nut butter
rice cake with nut butter
avocado with salsa poured in seedless side
hard-boiled eggs (with mustard or cholula for more flavor!)
low fat cottage cheese with a few berries
small plain greek yogurt with a few berries
Handful of Trail Mix (keep a mason jar handy)
Banana with nut butter
Ants on a log
Whole wheat toast with organic (no sugar added!) jam or nut butter
Smoothie - stay tuned for some quick and easy recipes!
Glass of water! (throw in some REAL lemon juice or other fruit to make it tasty!)
*keeping it simple means you will actually be able to keep this up. For people who work in an office and have access to a fridge, I recommend keeping some of these items at the office for easy access. That way you don't have to take a large supply of snacks with you to the office EVERY day; you can just re-up your supply once a week or so.
Find more of my favorite snacks here
Do you have any favorite go-to snacks? How often do you snack? Share with the class - we are always looking for healthy snacking options!