Healthy Snack Ideas For Your Small Meal Eating Plan

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It is no secret now that eating 5-6 small meals per day is a much better strategy for getting lean and slim compared to the traditional “3 squares” a day (which for most people, turns into only 2 big meals/day as many skip breakfast).

Skipping meals may seem like a logical way to cut calories and lose pounds, yet it is one of the worst things you can do. It generally leads to deprivation and overindulgence. It may sound counterintuitive, but it is best to eat more regularly and frequently (within reason, of course) to achieve an optimal weight.

Missed meals and/or snacks may cause blood sugar levels to decrease, setting us up for a potential pattern of eating as the body attempts to correct the dip in blood sugar. For instance, skipping breakfast has proven to cause fatigue, hamper metabolic rate and increase food cravings elsewhere during the day. The combined effect can contribute to more food intake with resultant weight gain.

If you have been doing much better at choosing healthy breakfasts, lunches, and dinners, but are still struggling to find good ideas for “mid-meals” or snacks here are some simple, easy quick and healthy ideas

Apple wedges or banana with 1 tablespoon almond or cashew butter
1 cup cottage cheese mixed with yogurt, berries, and walnuts or pecans
A couple hard boiled eggs with carrot and celery sticks and hummus
A piece of whole grain or sprouted grain toast with nut butter and berries
Fresh sliced pineapple with a handful of macadamia nuts
1 cup cottage cheese with cinnamon, apple slices, and walnuts
Protein shot – serving of whey protein powder with ice and water
Small salad (1 cup) with 1 oz chicken
Peanuts (1 oz) with 1 med orange
½ cup low fat yogurt mixed with ½ cup cottage cheese
1 tablespoon peanut butter with celery or carrot sticks
1 cup milk with 1 serving whey protein powder and ice
Celery with any nut butter

It is important that you are prepared enough so you bring mid-meals and snacks to work for the day. If you don’t plan ahead, and bring something healthy and balanced with you when you are out and about for the day, or at work, you are going to end up choosing something junky that will not help you build a strong, healthy and lean body.

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