- Frozen edamame (thawed) tossed with a bit of low-sodium soy sauce
- An apple spread with a tablespoon of almond butter
- Nuts! Always nuts! 1 ounce of almonds, walnuts, pistachios, or pecans
- 1/2 an avocado with a scoop of salsa in the middle
- Plain greek yogurt mixed with cinnamon & berries
- A can of tuna tossed with 1 oz sunflower seeds & balsamic vinegar
- Hard boiled eggs (1 yolk, 3 whites) with salt and pepper + sliced cherry tomatoes
- Cottage cheese mixed with cinnamon
- Carrot sticks & hummus
- ANY fruits or veggies. Carrots, cucumber slices, red pepper slices, mango slices, grapefruit, grapes, the list goes on and on... eat up!
- Homemade trail mix (see basic combo below)
Another person requested a sample meal plan. Here's what an average day looks like for me:
- 5-6am (pre-workout): 1/2 cup applesauce (this is all my body can handle that early, but it has enough carbs to give me energy)
- 7am (breakfast): whole grain english muffin with either almond butter, cottage cheese mixed with cinnamon & splenda, or egg whites and cheese. Sometimes berries. Always coffee.
- 10:30am (snack #1): one large banana
- 12pm (lunch): some combination of protein (chicken, steak, fish, shrimp) + carb (sweet potato, brown rice) + veggies
- 3pm (snack #2): simple homemade trail mix (see below for details)
- 6-7pm: dinner! you see many of my dinners with my recipes on the blog. I usually try to create dinners that are YUMMY, healthy, and balanced.
- 8pm: I don't usually have a snack after dinner. Sometimes green tea. If I do get hungry, I try to have some fruit or a few almonds.
Basically... Don't deprive yourself! This meal plan is just a template for me... it doesn't mean I never stray! Sometimes I reach for those cookies in the office even if I DID have a big breakfast. And it is no. big. deal. Don't let yourself get to a point of being starving. If your stomach is growling it wants you to feed it! Listen to your body and find what works for you. Then get in a groove and try to stick with it... most of the time.
So! Nearly every afternoon I eat a simple, healthy trail mix. You certainly don't need a recipe since it only has 2, sometimes 3, ingredients. Just about 1 ounce each of raw almonds and dried fruit (usually raisins or dried cranberries). Sometimes, not always, I'll add a tablespoon of dark chocolate chips as well. The combo is yummy, nutritious, and fills me up until dinner.
To me, these options are so much better than having a pre-packaged granola bar or a 100 calorie pack or crackers or cookies. Make the switch to eating non-processed foods and your body will thank you!
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