Most of my WIAW posts are based on the previous day’s eats but this week, I’m going to post my planned meals and snacks for today.
I’m extra excited for today’s breakfast because strawberries are finally in season, meaning one of my go-to breakfasts – strawberries and almond butter on a P28 bagel – will taste that much more delicious.
For lunch, I’ll be eating leftovers from Tuesday night – paprika-rubbed chicken breasts with carrots, fennel, dried apricots and couscous.
Today, I’m not bringing any snacks to work. When I was following a fat loss diet, I absolutely had to have a snack between meals or else I would be starving by the time lunch or dinner rolled around.
Now that I’m eating more in general, I find I don’t need to snack as much or as often as I used to, yet I still end up snacking out of habit. The whole “eat six times a day or your metabolism will shut down and die” mantra has been ingrained in my head and I’m trying to move away from that mentality.
Since this month’s theme is sensible snacking, one of my goals is to only snack when I’m genuinely hungry. I keep a can of tuna and crackers in my desk in case I do get hungry at work. Since I don’t love this snack combo, I know I won’t just eat it to alleviate stress or boredom (or to procrastinate – when faced with an unpleasant task, I always seem to hit up the kitchen).
For dinner, I’m going to re-visit an improvised salad I threw together on Monday night. Basically, I added two slices of toasted rye bread to my usual chicken, spinach, avocado and grape tomato salad. The bread really soaked up the dressing (a mix of lemon juice and olive oil) and it was so flavourful, plus it added a nice crunch to my salad.
I’m planning to go to BodyPump in the evening, so my post-Pump snack will be a high protein one: 3/4 cup of Greek yogurt with a scoop of chocolate Sun Warrior protein powder.
Do you eat six times a day? If so, is it out of habit or because you actually get hungry six times a day?