Eat This, Not That!

Snacking (and snacking the right way!) can be a vital component while in training. Snacking helps to curb your appetite so you don’t overeat at your bigger meals (hence keeping the weight off!) and also helps to stabilize blood sugars leading to more consistent energy levels throughout the day. The key is to keep them low in fat and high in nutrients (about 200-300 calories). If you are looking for weight gain, still try and keep it lean but increase the portions. All snacks should be a combination of lean proteins and a source of carbohydrate.

Eat This!: bagel with 1 tbsp peanut butter and 2 tsp jam or 1 turkey sandwich on wheat

Not That!: High calorie coffee or energy drink

Eat This!: High protein energy bar (Kashi, Luna, Clif bars, Power and Balance bars)

Not That!: High sugar snack food from vending machine (candy bars!)

Eat This!: 1 low fat Greek yogurt with Kashi granola and a small apple

Not That!: Bag of chips

Eat This!: 1 cup frozen yogurt topped with berries and crushed nuts

Not That!: Ice cream or cookies

If you are in a “munchy” sort of mood and are craving some salt or sweet snacks, pick from these options:

  • 3 cups low fat popcorn( top with a little parmasean cheese or garlic for a different twist)
  • 6 Hershey’s dark chocolate kisses
  • 1 low fat pudding topped with Cool Whip
  • 1 servings of muti grain tortilla chips with 1 cup fresh salsa