Stay Energized With 5-7 Mini Meals and Not the Typical 3!January 9, 2013
Emily’s Go-To Snack
You wake up. You fire up the coffee maker (or head over to the nearest Starbucks-yum!) and finally eat breakfast. Less than 2 hours later, you find your stomach growling. What if I told you that you don’t have to wait until noon to eat your next meal? That’s right, Skinny readers; you do not have to hold off until the typical lunch hour to begin your next healthy snack. The whole “3 meals a day” rule is totally old school and in fact, we should not be consuming big meals but rather 5-7 smaller meals throughout the day. This not only stabilizes blood sugar, but you don’t have to deal with that obnoxious growling belly.
We have all been “full” (think Thanksgiving dinner). It is not a pleasant feeling. The small (and nutritious) meals you should be consuming should make you feel satisfied, not stuffed. You should be able to comfortably go for a walk after each mini meal.
My favorite go-to snack is not only nutritious, but absolutely delicious. It keeps me feeling satisfied and only includes whole foods.
Emily’s favorite snack:
– 1 serving of plain 0% fat Greek yogurt (make sure the yogurt is plain. Flavored yogurts are loaded with sugar).
– ½ teaspoon all natural vanilla extract (this will give the yogurt a nice vanilla flavor without the added calories)
– Cinnamon (I love cinnamon. I love it so much that I actually take the little cap with all the holes in it off and just dump a pile right over the yogurt and vanilla).
– ½ – 1 cup of Blueberries (I buy them frozen in the winter time and just run them under hot water in a colander to thaw)
– 2 tbsp all natural nut butter of choice (I usually use peanut butter, but any nut butter will work. Make sure there are no added ingredients! For example, if you use peanut butter, you want the only ingredient to be peanuts).
There you have it, folks! My favorite snack is posted for all to see. It is super easy to make and travels well. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.