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Is an Afternoon Snack Part of Your Daily Eating Plan?

I definitely believe in the positive power of a healthy mid-morning or afternoon snack. It is important to keep your blood sugar and metabolism fired up during long stretches between meals. Plus, a little something-something with protein and carbs in the mid afternoon can keep you from over indulging at cocktail hour or dinner. Going without a little pick me up between lunch and dinner is just impossible for me.

I am by no means saying that I reach for Doritos around 3:30. Nope. I have a healthy snack of an apple and some string cheese, or nonfat yogurt and a banana. Also if you need some snacking ideas check out these snack attack posts.

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AucuneRancune AucuneRancune 9 years
Just ate some baby carrots and yogurt, myself.
tashspice tashspice 9 years
i eat like 8 times a day, i'd die without a snack
rubialala rubialala 9 years
I bring enough food every day (well, almost every day) for breakfast, lunch, and at least one snack, sometimes two. I don't always eat all of it.
AMP AMP 9 years
Absolutely! I couldn't make it through the afternoon without one. Or the morning either. I always plan ahead and bring two pieces of fruit to work with me, one for a mid-morning snack and one for a mid-afternoon snack.
kiwitwist kiwitwist 9 years
I have a snack at 10am and usually 3pm.. I try to keep it healthy but sometimes I don't.
Ms-Meyer Ms-Meyer 9 years
A good snack around 4:00 with protein and carb (peanut butter and apple, carrots and hummous, Pria bar, etc.) keeps from pigging out at dinner time. I also find that I eat a more sensible lunch when I know I'll get a snack before dinner. I try to eat every 3 hours: 400 calorie meals with 100-150 calorie snacks in between. It's a super-easy way to keep your nutrition in check and it's been proven that the 3 hr interval boosts metabolism.
hansman17 hansman17 9 years
I feel yeah ElectroPopTart my huge problem is overeating as well. I drink alot of water and snack regularly but tend to eat alot at dinner still....any suggestions anyone?
kelsee kelsee 9 years
usually an apple, but have recently found those curve bars...they are only 1 pt (Weight Watchers). I work out around 4:15 so I need something to hold me over until dinner or the fridge is emptied when I get home.
ElectroPopTart ElectroPopTart 9 years
My sister and I work at the same place, so she cuts me fruit in the morning, every morning. I eat that...but I don't feel satisfied from it since everyone else around me is eating chips and candy. I have a Rice cake with some peanut and honey on it as well on my desk at work. Although I continue to overeat at dinner cuz I just have an overeating problem.
tigra tigra 9 years
i plan my meals/snacks for the week on sunday when i do my grocery shopping. this week my snack has been braeburn apple with a little natural peanut butter.
ayanaphil ayanaphil 9 years
I just started packing my lunch and for class and work, so I've definitely been packing lots of fruits to eat as snacks.
blackjade blackjade 9 years
Today a few whole rye crackers & cheese, tomorrow probably hummus with a few pita chips and baby carrots.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
Usually, I eat my sndwich or soup at noon, my yogurt at 1, and then something else at 2. I need to eat spead out liek that in the afternoon because I hit the gym around 4:45...
smart-blonde smart-blonde 9 years
It's either string cheese and a few cashews or hummus with baby carrots.
DesignRchic DesignRchic 9 years
Yes ma'am! I bring one to work everyday.
Tutta Tutta 9 years
I have a snack in the morning between breakfast and lunch and one between lunch and dinner. I try to pack for the week so I have no excuses. It's usually cottage cheese or fruit.
geohiker geohiker 9 years
I definitely feel better when I have my day's meals and snacks planned out - and an afternoon snack helps me avoid those afternoon blahs where I'm too tired to get anything done!
aanyanka aanyanka 9 years
My snack is usually a pink lady apple, or a banana and a kiwi, or a chopped gala apple with 1tbsp chopped walnuts.
laurini laurini 9 years
I always have a snack ready to eat at the end of the day, so that way I can digest on my way to the gym and have a great workout with the extra energy boost. Normally I go for an apple or a bananna.
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