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A friend of mine came over yesterday for a training session, and after our awesome sweat attack was over, we sat down to talk nutrition. As we went through her eating regiment, she talked about her snacks that consisted of half a bag of baby carrots, or a piece of fruit or granola bar. These are the types of snacks people who start a new diet or weight loss plan immediately gravitate towards–very low calorie items. And while these are all perfectly fine foods to be eating (depending on the sugar content of that granola bar), there’s one missing link to make these snacks truly effective: protein + a weeeee bit o’ fat.
When I think of snacks, I try to think of them as mini meals. If you’re eating because you’re hungry, then it means your body needs fuel. Just because it’s an off-hour like 10:45am or 2:30pm, doesn’t mean you are relegated to a dry bag of pretzels, swedish fish, half a box of Teddy Grahams (ahh! guilty!!) or some other lame snack food. Whole, well balanced foods will fuel your body much better. What does whole mean? As close to the earth as you can get–think fruits, veggies, legumes, etc. Not only will your body get the benefits of the vitamins and minerals found in those foods, it will also allow you to “float” into your next meal rather than make a running dive for that taco special and scarf it down as fast as possible. Why? Because they will keep you satiated for a much longer period of time, i.e. two hours vs. 30 minutes.
So what types of foods can my friend add into her snacks to make them a little more effective? Here are some options we talked through:
Taking my own advice, I boiled a bunch of eggs last night so that I could grab them for an afternoon snack when I’m having a crazy day (which is pretty much everyday). Did I ever mention how much I love eggs? They are 70 calorie super foods and make amazing snacks all by themselves.
After taking care of my fuel for the week, I then focused on another type of portable fuel:
My Trainer Link team. We worked on the business at a coffee shop until 12:30am talking about how we’re going to setup our first market tests. A new website is in the making, providing a more robust preview of the product as well as an inside look at the team. Who’s pumped up?!
What fuels you throughout the day?