If you struggle with after-dinner binge eating, which sabotages the great work you do at healthfully eating during the day, try eating a small amount of protein in the late afternoon. My secret: I eat a hard boiled egg or have a small amount of greek yogurt before I leave the office at the end of the day. This keeps me from nibbling during dinner prep, and keeps me fuller overall, which helps me control late night snacking.
Next time you pour a morning cup, add calcium and protein by stirring in a couple of teaspoons of nonfat powdered milk instead of creamer. I love the way it creates a richer cup of coffee, brings out flavored coffee, adds a hint of sweetness, and gives me the nutritional benefits of milk without watering down my drink. At about 5 calories a teaspoon, it's one of my favorite weight loss secrets. It also works great in tea and cocoa!
Wash,dry, and freeze your greens (spinach/kale) in a bag and throw them in the blender with your protein shake. They get so small and don't over power the taste you wont even know they are in there!
I've noticed that after a good workout, when I am suddenly "craving" some junk food like ice cream or something cheese-y etc, if I take a moment to think about what is in the food that might be soothed with a healthier substitute. For ice cream, I usually find a small container of Greek yogurt with fruits or some nuts satisfy my craving and give me good nutrients for my muscles after the workout.
When I have a sweet tooth, and I know that a piece of fruit just won't get it (sometimes it does, sometimes it doesn't), my go-to snack is to melt 1 oz chocolate chips (30 chips) = 70 calories and stir in 1/3 oz (8) raw almonds = 49 calories. A total of 119 sweet, savory calories that always takes care of my sweet tooth or chocolate craving.
These bars come in a variety of yummy flavors and help me get more protein in my diet. They are 240 calories each so they can be a little heavy for a snack, but I do eat one every morning for breakfast. It's fast, convenient, and gives me energy to start my day.
Eating a high protein breakfast keeps me fuller longer than the same number of calories would with a lower calorie meal. I don't have cravings, I am more alert and less likely to snack mindlessly because my blood sugar level is happy.
To keep myself feeling full and satisfied, and the sugar/carb cravings at bay, I make sure I'm getting plenty of lean protein. On days when that seems to be hard, I make myself a small smoothie of only 1/2 cup frozen blueberries, 1/4 of a banana, a handful of salad greens, and one scoop of whey protein powder, and 5 oz. water. Very filling and nutritious without over doing the sugar.
You have got to eat at least the minimum that is set by the Spark guidelines in order to be full. If you eat the calories, but not the protein or carbs you get too hungry too fast and then you eat bad.
Although the amount varies, generally a healthy individual gets around 70g of Protein daily, but we 'tend to eat the majority of it at dinner, and our body can use only 15g to 30g at a time to build and repair tissue' (Roberta Anding).The rest is burned for energy, or too often, stored as fat.
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After Gastric bypass, I had to figure out ways to get protein other than meat, being I really don't like meat. LOL I have tried so many protein powders, its not even funny! Most I can handle, but don't love, this one I LOVE! With only 130 calories, 2 grams of fat, 8 carbs, 3 fiber, only 2 grams of sugar, and 20 grams of protein, its a wonderful way to get that extra protein boost so many need. I love how little sugar it has, and the taste is very good.
The NEW key to my success (66 pounds!) is to wean myself of bad habits. Number one on the list (it really isn't me, but it's important) - smoking and alcohol.Give it two or three weeks, then tackle the next one--candy and gum. This is a complete lifestyle change, so it doesn't happen overnight. Once you think you've got a handle on those, take off carbonated beverages, then sugar, then caffeine, then pasta and bread. Yes, it sounds hard, and for the first months it IS hard.
When I'm having problems balancing my Carbs/Fat/Protein I go to my fave new discovery, Flatout Flat Bread Wraps. 100 Calories for a good sized wrap that tastes sorta neutral so works well for a nut butter, tofu wrap, or any kind of sandwich and can also be used with some ricotta cheese and a nice strawberry topping (homemade from Chef Meg's recipi) to make a kind of crepe/blintz. Buy One Get One=Freeze Well!
If you are going on a trip and need some healthy food to keep you going, sometimes trail mix and fruit won't cut it. I found a company called Go Picnic (they are online too) which makes organic (even vegan) lunchables for adults!
Add a quarter cup of store-bought egg whites to any smoothie. You'll gain extra protein without many calories and it adds a great frothiness to any shake!
Veggie dips are a big calorie bomb, but I found a solution. MIx your dry dip mix with non-fat plain greek yogurt. Not only do you end up with a fat-free dip, but you get extra protein since greek yogurt is high in protein.
Love fruit yogurt (greek natural) but avoid it due to the sugar content? Can't quite hack straight plain yogurt? Blend them together in equal portions! Not only do you reduce your sugar intake, but you now have another serving to enjoy the next day.
I find that I am consistently low in protein, largely because I don't eat much red meat (not vegetarian, just its expensive and tends to be higher in fat). So I started supplementing with whey protein - I love it! I throw a scoop in with a 5 oz. glass of nonfat milk, and with the chocolate brand I bought, its only a 103 calorie snack that provides 11 grams of protein! I've also thrown in a scoop when I make sugar-free pudding.