Personally, I'm a "grazer" - I very much prefer to nibble at little bits instead of sitting down to meals. My tracker shows them as meals and snacks, but (except for dinner) I generally consume them over a period of a couple of hours. This hasn't seemed to have any negative effects at all on my metabolism or weight loss.
As for "what to snack on", my favourites are:
- sliced fruits and veggies, with either a yogurt dip or hummus
- sliced cheese and dill pickles
- slices of steak, chicken, or pork (left-overs from the night before)
- a "breakfast wrap" (veggie omelet with cheese wrapped in a tortilla) cut in to finger sized slices
- baked oats (my current favourite is pumpkin) cut in to bars that can be nibbled at all day
- home-made muffins (I make mine high fibre / high protein) with nut butter
- home-made trail mix (almonds, pistachios, raisins, dried apricots, chocolate chips)
- yogurt with "stuff" (cocoa, nuts, hemp hearts, fruits, berries, oats --- whatever fits in my plan and my appetite for the day)
For me, I need protein in order to be satiated, so that is always my first priority. I also need a lot of fibre, so that's the second thing I look for. As I mentioned, I plan out my day as meals and snacks, so that I know what the overall nutritional profile and calories are. Once they are in the tracker, I just nibble at them in whatever order appeals to me at the time. It all works out by the end of the day, so I figure that the order or time of day doesn't really matter.
Hope this helps!
Start weight: 240 lbs
Goal weight: 155 lbs (reached March 7, 2014)
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