Nutrition Basics

How you define nutrition is very important.  What I have recently learned is how important it is to get a filling meal so I am not tempted to snack.  The basics are to eat every three hours or so.  In order to do that you need to eat a meal that is filling but not too calorie rich.  A slow burning protein source is a must but you also need to eat plenty of fruits and vegetables so you are getting proper nutrition.  Does that sound difficult?  Well it is really simple actually.  You should try and eat around 300 calories per meal or snack consisting of at least least one form of produce and one serving of protein.  Some examples are:

An apple with a serving of nuts
Blueberry walnut yogurt
Green smoothie
Spinach salad
Carrots, cucumbers, and hummus

You get the idea.  I usually stick to this way of eating the whole day and it is very filling.  My favorite “to go” snack is apples and walnuts.  For breakfast I make this simple breakfast cookie adapted from a recipe from The Fitnessista.  I make mine with a small mashed banana, dash of cinnamon, a tablespoon of natural peanut butter, and 1/4 cup of oats.  The Fitnessista lets her breakfast cookie sit up all night but I make and eat mine right away.  The oats are not cooked but they do soften from the other ingredients.

I am trying to incorporate a salad with most of our dinners so I can fill up on them instead of starchy foods.  I am in no way perfect with my food choices but I try to eat clean and healthy 90% of the time.

Do you struggle with your food choices during a certain time of the day?  Personally I struggle during the afternoon the most.  It is when I have the most downtime since my boys are napping.