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Healthy Eating Tip: Set Up Daily Snack Times

Snacks are an important part of a healthy diet. If you only eat three meals a day, you'll be starving by mealtimes, which most likely will result in overeating. Plus living with hunger pangs is a surefire way to become tired and moody, and you may not end up making it to your next meal before devouring the first unhealthy snack you set your eyes on. So while snacking is healthy, mindlessly snacking all day long isn't good either, since you'll end up consuming tons of extra calories and we all know what that means.

The best way to handle snacking is to set up a snack time (yes, just like when you were in preschool). Plan a morning snack for around 10:30 and an afternoon pick-me-up around 3:00. This way you will eat a little something in between meals without ruining your appetite. You also need to plan what you're going to eat during your snack time. Choose something that contains fiber and protein to fill you up and give you energy.

Don't know what to snack on? Here are some suggestions for the next time you have a Snack Attack.

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Greentea1203 Greentea1203 8 years
@fizzymartini --I'm the same way. I'm ALWAYS hungry. Even if I gorge and eat a ton at a meal (which is rare of course) I can be hungry in an hour again. I'm a size 0 and 27...but afraid it'll eventually catch up with me. Luckily I restrain myself most of the time and exercise a lot.
Vanonymous Vanonymous 8 years
I almost always snack at 10am and 3pm. This allows me to eat smaller meals. i usually eat cereal or yogurt at 7am, fruit at 10am, salad or sandwich at 12:30pm, handful of almonds at 3pm and then dinner around 7pm. If I miss a snack, I find myself so hungry by the next meal time. And if I overeat at one of my meals, I skip the next snack. (This happened today. I could not resist that second bowl of cereal, so no morning snack for me!)
Yogaforlife Yogaforlife 8 years
Some people remark that I barely eat at meals and others remark that I always seem to be eating and I never gain weight. (I'm approaching 30 and still a size 2). The truth is I'm a "grazer". I eat 3 meals and two snacks but it takes me all day long to eat them. I start with my breakfast spanned over an hour with a bite every five or ten minutes, then I snack on a Laughing Cow mini gouda by mid-morning. I start to eat lunch around 11:30 and I usually finish that around 2, and then I have a snack at about 3. As soon as I get home from work, I cook dinner and that takes me about an hour to hour and a half to eat. I'm just a slow eater and I'm used to eating all my food cold. I couldn't eat fast if I tried.
lydialee_home lydialee_home 8 years
I do not eat a lot in one setting, but I am constantly eating. People always amazed on how much I eat during the day but still not gaining weight. Well, I munch on healthy snacks most of the time, I only drink coffee/tea/water, and I exercise a lot.
cg130 cg130 8 years
In the summer, when I work as a counsellor (or something equally active), I have a snack at 10:30 and then again at 3:00. During the normal year (I'm a uni student) I have 1 snack a day, usually in the afternoon, depending on when I'm hungry. My favourite snacks are apples, string cheese, or a tablespoon of peanut butter.
fizzymartini fizzymartini 8 years
Dana - Yum, snake. Slithery :P I wish I were more like some of youse. I am perpetually hungry - I have to force myself to limit snacktimes to 11am and 4pm everyday (thus giving roughly 3hrs between each meal). But I'll still be hungry all the time... it's maddening. So yes, I overeat a lot, and get teased for it (I'm a petite UK8 and my friends joke that I'm an obese woman trapped inside a smaller body), but I'm worried what will happen when my metabolism inevitably slows...
Dana18 Dana18 8 years
I only need a snake at 10:30am or 11:00am. I make sure that I have a healthy filling lunch so that I am good until dinner at 6:30.
Wild-Magelet Wild-Magelet 8 years
For the past few years, I haven't been a snacker at all; I've been a solid three meals a day girl. But just in the past few months, I've been adding in an afternoon snack, if I'm hungry and really want it - usually a piece of fruit or a few crackers or something. And it's made a HUGE difference to my moods. I think my blood sugar really was plummeting when I was going too long without eating. I don't snack every day, but if I'm hungry now - I eat something. I know it sounds silly, but when you've suffered from an eating disorder, it's very liberating to just eat when you need to. It helps you to be less focused on food as well, and I only eat 150 calories or so at most for a snack, so I'm still hungry for dinner.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
I don't get hungry between meals. I get hungry right before I'm going to eat my meals...I eat at around the same time every day, so maybe my body's just accustomed to eating that way. And since I eat a certain amount at each meal, I don't really overeat. I guess if you're a snacker, this would be pretty useful though. Better to snack on fruits, veggies, etc., than chips and cookies and stuff.
runningesq runningesq 8 years
I'm ALWAYS hungry ! I usually eat breakfast at 7:00, have a snack of string cheese + granola bar at 10:00, lunch at noon, snack of oatmeal at 3:00, dinner depending.. and a snack before bed.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 8 years
I don't snack. I eat three square meals a day. Yes, I am hungry by my meal times, and ummm, that's WHY I eat. It's hard for me to eat when I'm not hungry (as I would have no appetite). And no, I do not overeat. I'm petite size 4, which I've been maintaining for over 10 years. In my past, I've actually been a smaller size.
thenekoling thenekoling 8 years
I have snack time at 4:00 everyday! I've done this for a few years already, so I guess my body got used to it. It's almost like I can tell what time it is in the afternoon depending on how hungry I am, because with out a doubt I'm always hungry at 4:00!
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