I don't snack in the mornings - my breakfast and lunch are close enough together I don't need anything in between.
Afternoons are a different story: I figured out pretty quickly that if I eat a snack right before leaving work, I am way more patient with picking up my kids, running any necessary errands, and I don't snack while making dinner.
My go-to snacks: - a whole avocado - tons of fat and fiber, this one really fills me up and is good for Fridays when I'm going to be making pizza, which takes more time than our other dinners. - A small apple paired with 1T of almond butter - An Aldi flatbread spread with 2T of PB2 prepared with water and a small drizzle of honey, then rolled up - 1/2 c. plain non-fat Greek yogurt with berries and 0.5oz of almonds - a Zone bar. This is not my preferred snack, but they sell them in the vending machine at work for 80 cents, so in a pinch, it's better than candy or a bag of chips.
When I'm at home on the weekends, sometimes I'll take a bit more time and effort with my snacks, like making "nachos" with some diced grilled chicken, and Aldi flatbread, and a little low-fat sharp cheddar.
I usually try to plan a snack that's high in fiber and also high in either fat or protein. Carb-y snacks don't work - I'm pre-diabetic, and they just make me even more hungry an hour later. I also drink at least 24oz of water about 10 minutes before finally deciding to eat my snack, since sometimes I'm not actually hungry, but thirsty.
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I like: (1) A nice, crisp apple with 2 tsp. of almond butter to dip the apples in (2) blueberry smoothie with almond milk, almonds, blueberries, cinnamon, and homemade vanilla extract (vanilla beans in vodka, pickled for at least 6 months) (3) 15 g of matjas herring and a rice cake
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I love trailmix, nut/seed butters with carrots or celery, or a low-cal protein bar with fruit, or even chia pudding. A general a guideline for snacks is mixing a complex carb (think fruit, veg or even whole grain) with a protein (nuts, hummus, jerky etc).
Some other things to consider if you find yourself snacking a ton: 1) You might want to take a look if you're eating enough at your main meals. A meal of 400 cal for example should last you about 4 hours. 2) Check if you're eating enough fiber and protein at main meals. These release energy slowly so you feel fuller longer. 3) Are you drinking enough water or bored? Often times these make you feel hungry when you're not actually.
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Goals: Bring my blood sugar below 6.5; make it a habit to exercise/move/play at least 15 minutes per day working up to 45 minutes; increase my strength, flexibility and mobility to AVOID back surgery & again ENJOY life; learn to love my body as it is, kick the old baggage out the door, and LIVE while I still can!
Have you tried yogurt? Some people who have lactose intolerance find they still can have yogurt with no discomfort. You could take a little plain and mix it with fruit, or stir in some seasonings and use it as a veggie dip.
Other than that, besides the great suggestions below I would add: tuna or salmon snack packets, oatmeal, a hard boiled egg halved and each half wrapped in deli ham, half a sandwich on whole grain bread, celery with nut butter, hummus, tabbouleh, leftovers, a little bowl of turkey meatballs...anything can really be a snack!
Apples, lactofree cottage cheese, mature chedder, raw veggies with peanut butter or hummus, plain yogurt with fresh fruit, nuts, seeds or other fruit (fresh or dried), healthy 100 calorie or less snack bags, healthy snack bars (150 calorie or less), oat cakes (sweet or savoury), flavoured rice cakes (paprika, marmite), a small piece of 70%+ dark chocolate. Individual flavoured soya milk or kefir.
My evening snack is usually a mini meal around 9pm and I like variety.
I'm wheat and lactose intolerant. Can eat cows milk lactofree soft cheeses plus mature hard cheeses and some blue cheese, plus goat & sheep cheeses, yogurt & kefir from live cultures without incident (all naturally lower lactose - strict portion control applies). Can also eat gluten free breads, rye, barley, oats, spelt(ancient wheat strain) - basically anything that doesn't contain modern strains of wheat and I generally avoid highly processed foods or eating out unless it's vegan and gluten free.
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nut snack mix (hard to find without peanuts - allergy) sun butter kale chips (yum!) seaweed chips bell peppers salsa marinated olives and peppers from salad bar dates (1 per day) an artichoke an avocado (for guacamole) popcorn deli turkey
That ought to keep me a couple weeks. I also got a veggie and hummus snack while I was there because I got hungry. LOL!
nuts (i would portion them out ahead of time!), trail mix (easy to make and pre-portion too), guac or hummus with veg, meat and veg roll-ups (like turkey/tomato/cucumber in a lettuce wrap), jerky if you're into that sort of thing, eggs (hard boiled), energy balls with nut butter/oats/seeds, roasted chickepeas or edamame (they come in tons of fun flavors!), apples and nut butter, protein shake (or 'nice' cream), air popped popcorn- you can season it however you like!
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Raw veggies such as baby carrots, sliced sweet peppers, cherry tomatoes, broccoli and cauliflower, with guacamole, salsa or healthy dip if you like. Unsalted almonds or other nuts are easy to portion and grab to eat on the run.
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1/15/19 12:23 P
Snacking is killing me right now. I am trying to cut back as part of my weight loss plan, but still need something now and then. Yesterday snacking accounted for ~1/3 of my eating. Looking for interesting and tasty low carb or low cal ideas.
Our general eating plan is lower carb: lots of vegs, meat, very little bread, rice, pasta, cookies, etc. I am lactose intolerant so I can't fill up on cheese and cream like DH does. And usually fatty, oily foods make me feel ill.
What do you reach for when you need to munch on something or fill that late afternoon gap?