The big three: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Growing up, I thought you only needed big three. Snacking … well, snacking was bad. You didn’t need it.
It made you fat. It’s not to say that I didn’t snack – I did – but it wasn’t something that was encouraged.
Now, I couldn’t make it through a day without snacking. There’s the pre-exercise snack, the mid-morning snack, the 3 kajillion afternoon snacks and an evening snack. All day, I snack, snack, snack.
Mini-meals are often encouraged during weight loss as a way to stabilize blood sugar and prevent that insane hunger that makes you eat a bag of chips with a container of French onion dip and a sleeve of Thin
Mints for dessert. However, I couldn’t help but wonder whether I should be eating more at the big three to keep from snacking so much.
Hear me out. As a nursing mom, I get 43 Points+ a day (with a total of 49 Weekly Points+ to use at my discretion).
Yesterday, my breakfast was this Cauliflower and Feta Omelet.
It clocked in at 4 Points+.
Lunch was a mish mash of leftovers.
Spaghetti squash and salsa chicken, warmed up with two wedges of Chipotle Laughing Cow to make a creamy “pasta” and topped with 2% reduced fat Cheddar cheese. I had this at 8 Points+.
Note: I am not one of those people who think you can just sub out noodles with spaghetti squash. Spaghetti squash is NOT pasta. It’s just not. I just like the taste and texture of spaghetti squash.
For dinner, I made tilapia seasoned with Old Bay, turnip “chips” and lima beans.
My meal came to 8 Points+.
All together, the big three came to 20 Points+ – less than half my daily allowance – giving me room to eat a Pumpkin Banana Muffin, popcorn and … I don’t remember and I’m too lazy to get my tracker.
So what about you? Do you eat big meals and few snacks or smaller meals and lots of snacks?