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      04-18-2011, 01:14 AM   #1
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Healthy snacks/small meals suggestions

I'm still in the middle of cutting, and I have to say it's difficult managing my hunger. My schedule makes it hard for me to eat multiple smaller meals throughout the day, so I'm forced to eat smaller numbers of meals with smaller quick snacks in between.

I'm looking for things that are quick and easy to do. Lately I've been stocking up on low-fat yogurt and buying granola. Fucking pro snack that holds you over and helps you if you're prone to late night hunger pangs.

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      04-18-2011, 08:40 AM   #2
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beef jerky, i cant stand it but if you look at the protein ,sugar,calories,etc.. its hard to beat.
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How many meals are you eating in a day? Reasoning behind it?
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peanuts, almonds..i have about 4 oz in little snack zip loc bags

apples+bananas are good simple carbs too for the afternoon

like 15 pieces of wheat thins work as well

at other times i make a crap load of sandwiches zip loc'd and ready to go at the beginning of each week

for awhile i had a crap load of salads too, just get those salad in a bag - i generally do half a bag each snack
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These are great right out of the pouch - add some low fat chips, crackers or pretzels, and you have a decent lunch, easy. Low calorie - low fat. No draining required. Best flavors are Tomato Pesto and Hickory Smoked.Sunkist Tuna Pouches
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I heard pemmican was pretty badass as well. I need to try this as a snack!

http://www.grasslandbeef.com/Categor...ABeef+Pemmican
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Have you tried these paleo kits, great snacks, I had them with me in Afghanistan and were great snacks and compact to take out on patrols with me

http://www.stevesoriginal.com/
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All great suggestions... one other thing a lot of people skip over is... drink 16oz or more of water if you're getting hungry. It typically does the trick for me and quells the hunger until my meal.
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for mid-meals snacks I grab fruit and/or nut mix. I'm currently hooked on this "Good Health Energy" mix from Wally World. Roasted soybeans, pumpkin seeds, almonds, and dried cranberries. YUM. String cheese does wonders, for me at least. 2 pieces and i'm good to go for a couple hours, til my time to eat comes back around.
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nuts, cottage cheese, protein bars/drinks
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I am surprised nobody has mentioned greek yogurt. Low calories, all natural, tons of protein and does a great job of keeping me feeling full
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I am surprised nobody has mentioned greek yogurt. Low calories, all natural, tons of protein and does a great job of keeping me feeling full
i eat that as a last meal before i sleep. greek yogurt is great as a slow digestive protein
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How many meals are you eating in a day? Reasoning behind it?
It varies, but I'd say about 4-5. I don't really snack that often. Work at a gym. Have a smoothie/wrap shop literally next door. I just get my meals in when I can.
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These are great right out of the pouch - add some low fat chips, crackers or pretzels, and you have a decent lunch, easy. Low calorie - low fat. No draining required. Best flavors are Tomato Pesto and Hickory Smoked.Sunkist Tuna Pouches
Dude, this is exactly what I've been using for the past couple of months. Hickory smoked ftw.
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I heard pemmican was pretty badass as well. I need to try this as a snack!

http://www.grasslandbeef.com/Categor...ABeef+Pemmican
I think Pemmican's a little overpriced for jerky. :/

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Have you tried these paleo kits, great snacks, I had them with me in Afghanistan and were great snacks and compact to take out on patrols with me

http://www.stevesoriginal.com/
Those look a little too extreme for me tbh lol.
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All great suggestions... one other thing a lot of people skip over is... drink 16oz or more of water if you're getting hungry. It typically does the trick for me and quells the hunger until my meal.
This helps a LOT. Good post.
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McD's $3 double cheesburger meal.....

i kid. I know the feeling. I drive most of the day for work. Snacks/meals are rough. Plus I don't really enjoy cold meals.
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beef jerky, i cant stand it but if you look at the protein ,sugar,calories,etc.. its hard to beat.
too high in salt if he's cutting.
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Little chocolate donuts work for me....
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too high in salt if he's cutting.
Not true. He's not in contest prep man. Why would salt be an issue.
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I faced some of the same challenges, OP, as you when I first started working out and my trainer wanted me to shift to six small meals a day. My profession has me in client meetings pretty much all day, so I can't really just break out eating a proper meal, as it were.

After discussing it with him further, however, I found that what he calls a "small meal" is what I would have called a snack. Accordingly, I've found it easy to do the six small meals. My typical day, which starts at 4:30 a.m. consists of:

Breakfast (pre-work out):
Oatmeal and dried fruit with brown sugar and either 2-4 oz of microwaved salmon or a Met-rX protein shake. I may swap out the salmon for leftover shrimp or scallops from the previous night's dinner.

Immediately Post-work out (before showering):
Banana or orange or apple or maybe a Cliff bar

Post work out (after shower and dressing):
Some sort of high protein food. If I'm in a hurry, it's a burrito bowl with black beans, chicken (I used chopped dark meat because it has more flavor and moisture), lots of fresh corn and diced tomato, and lemon juice sprinkled on and mixed in. (I tend to keep this sort of food on hand in the fridge so I can pack it and take it with me. I can heat it in the microwave in the office or eat it cool/room temp.) This is the second largest quantity of food I consume in the day.

Lunch:
Whatever I want so long as it's not laden with fat

Mid Afternoon: (one of the following)
Fresh fruit and some trail mix (about a handful).
PB&J sandwich on whole wheat.
Cliff bar and a piece of fruit or veggies (carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, et al)
Nitro-tech chocolate bar

Whatever it is I eat for this meal, it's almost always something I brought from home and that I can safely nibble on even if I'm in a meeting. If fruit, I have it pre-sliced or pre-peeled and in a baggie. I tend to go with sliced apples or pears that have been sprinkled with lemon juice since that way there's nothing left (peels, seeds, cores, etc.) after I've eaten it.

Dinner:
Whatever I want so long as it's not laden with fat. Poached, steamed, microwaved or grilled fish/shellfish or chicken is most common. If I've got time, I'll make baked crab cakes. Occasionally, I have lamb, buffalo, ostrich, or some other game to up the flavor factor and variety. Very rarely, I have beef or pork, less because of dietary reasons and more because it takes more work to cook them and get great flavor, and when I have that kind of time, I prefer the game options since the more tender cuts can be used and they carry less fat than beef. There's certainly lean cuts of beef and pork that are just fine for a healthy diet, but a flank steak, for example, just isn't as pleasing to eat unless it's brined or braised, and pork is best in all cases if it's brined before cooking. I'm not especially fond of turkey, but around holiday time I'll roast a turkey.

Late night:
Same as mid afternoon, if anything at all.

I have to admit that one thing that makes it easy for me to eat right is that there are very few foods I don't like. When all is said and done, I've consumed about 2700-3000 calories each day. I'm 51, six feet tall, 30" waist and weigh 190 pounds and in good health.

One thing that I do swap into the rotation above is sushi. It's one of the few times I'll have white rice. I tend to go for Maguro or Toro, but if you like other types, go for it. Sashimi and smoked salmon are also great alternatives.
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Not true. He's not in contest prep man. Why would salt be an issue.
Salt is a huge issue when on a diet. Look into water ret.
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I've been sticking to Oatmeal/strawberries/banana's for breakfast and adding egg whites into it. Been adding broccoli to my lunch/dinner and IF i do get anything with rice, small portions and brown rice. Wheat everything and also tuna with yogurt (yogurt replaces mayo)

Any more thoughts?
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