As I might have mentioned here once or twice (okay… a dozen times) before, I have been following Dr Ian Smith's “Shred” diet since returning home from a very decadent spring break week with my family in Florida. Some weeks I have been more dedicated to following the details of the diet and exercise plan than others…. but one of the things that I have learned from this process is that I really need to re-think the way that I “snack”…. both in terms of how often to eat as well as what constitutes a good snack that will both satisfy my need to eat as well as hold me over until the next meal/snack time comes along!
Key to Success: 4 Small Meals and 3 Snacks a Day!
I know that I have heard this recommendation before, but this is the first time that I ever actually tried it. My meal/snack schedule looks like this:
8:30am- Breakfast (and this is my most substantial meal of the day)
10:00am- Snack 1
1:00pm- Snack 2
3:00pm- Mid-Day Meal
8:00pm- Snack 3
Of course the best part is that it does feel as if you are either eating or approaching a time to eat all day long. The tough part is that each individual meal or snack is meant to be small- so you are never filling your tummy- it's more like you are eating just to keep hunger at bay. And for me, that's a whole new way of eating.
Snacks Should be 100-150 calories in Size!
And let me tell you…. that's not a lot of calories to work with if you like donuts, cupcakes, and cookies! So I made it my mission to “stretch” those calories- and get the most taste, and most tummy-filling quantity for the lowest number of calories. The Shred book is packed with lots of ideas for 100- calorie and 150-calorie snacks, and I've rounded up a dozen of my favorite low calorie snacks here for you:
#1: 15 Kashi Wheat Thin crackers and a wedge of Laughing Cow cheese (approx. 150 calories)
#2: 3/4 cup of sliced strawberries and 2 Tablespoons fat-free Cool Whip (approx. 150 calories)
#3: 5 Turkey rollups and 2 teaspoons honey-mustard sauce (approx. 100 calories)
#4: 2 Graham crackers squares with a thin smear of peanut butter topped with a generous sprinkle of cinnamon (approx. 100 calories)
#5: 35 Whole Wheat Cheddar Goldfish crackers (approx. 100 calories)
#6: 1 cup of Cheerios (approx., 150 calories)
#7: 4 Nabisco Ginger Snap cookies (approx. 150 calories)
#8: 30 thin pretzel sticks and 2 teaspoons of fat-free cream cheese (approx. 100 calories)
#9: 2 tablespoons dry roasted peanuts mixed with 1 Tablespoon dried cranberries (approx. 100 calories)
#10: 1 small apple and 1 fat free string cheese stick (approx. 100 calories)
#11: Whole Wheat English Muffin Pizza- made with 1 tablespoon of sauce and 2 teaspoons of shredded mozzarella (approx 150 calories)
#12: 1 cup raspberries and 2 teaspoons fat-free yogurt (approx. 100 calories)
I asked Momof6 Facebook fans to share some of their favorite low-calories snacks today, and received these ideas: