June 16, 2014

How I Snack

how i snack

An important part of my daily diet is snacking. Outside of the bigger meals of my day(breakfast, lunch, dinner), I usually try to eat something between those times. Even though I’m working on the computer most of the day, snacking helps keep me focused and energized – even at the most stressful or busy points of my day.  I also walk to/from work and run a few times a week, so it’s important that I keep some momentum with my food intake if I don’t want to crash.

7:30am

I start myself off with a bowl of cereal almost every day. Usually it’s a mix of Cheerios with something a little more hearty – like almonds, flakes and raisins. Getting a good amount of carbs before I take my walk to work really helps!

11:00am

By this time, I’m at work and usually pretty busy. No matter what’s going on though, I schedule this time to eat a snack – usually a banana and some type of bar that’s relatively high in protein and low on fat. I used to force myself to wait in-between big meals during my work days, and would often feel this huge dip in energy just before I could go on a meal break and towards the end of the day. Taking these little breaks has really helped me get through the day without feeling down.

1:00pm

For lunch, I love going for sushi. There’s a little cheap sushi joint close to where I work, and it’s the perfect blend of protein and carbs for me. Usually I get a bowl with salmon or tuna sashimi and a small salad.

My second favorite lunch meal? Sandwiches. The combinations are pretty much endless, and again – a nice blend of protein, carbs, and vegetables if you put all the right stuff in there.

3:30pm

It’s time for another snack! I go for some lean granola with dried fruit most of the time. Something with carbs to help me later on my walk home, and my runs later in the evening.

7:00pm

Dinner is usually different every day during the week, but one of my favorite all-around meals is my wife’s chicken tacos. We boil the chicken, lightly toast the corn tortillas, and put it on a bed of lettuce – all topped with a spicy green salsa and sprinkling of cheese. Keeping the sodium low in cooking the chicken and heating instead of frying the tortillas helps it become a much healthier meal than the traditional way.

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