If you’ve read my previous post (Almond Hemp Seed Butter with Anti-Inflamm Jam (First Breakfast), you may have picked up on the fact that I eat more than once before lunch. As previously suggested, I think it’s best to eat as soon as possible upon waking. This gets your metabolism running and let’s your body know it’s done fasting/ hibernating for the night- it no longer needs to conserve energy.
I know there have been a million studies on the topic of whether or not meal timing matters, and I think there are supporting conclusions either way (see links below that I did not read, nor did I take more than 30 seconds to find. These are just examples of how much is out there). However, I am here to tell you that I maintain a much leaner figure by keeping my blood sugar steady and avoiding the type of hunger that makes me say, “fuck it”! Therefore, I eat approximately every 3- 4 hours.
Now, that is not to say, it’s a free for all (“Hey look! Someone brought donuts… and it’s been a couple hours…I need to eat!”)! No. No. No. Although, I don’t typically count calories, I am VERY aware that they ALL count…and honestly, you should MAKE them count. “Spend” them on something delicious that makes you feel great. Don’t accidentally overdo it by grabbing a few tootsie rolls at the bank and a couple of day old cookie samples at the coffee bar- things that you don’t even remember eating. Be aware of what you’re stuffing in your gub!
OK, now for a(nother) short lecture: Added Sugar- it is NOT your friend. Seriously, you might as well smoke cigarettes. Want proof? https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/carbohydrates/added-sugar-in-the-diet/ . That’s just Harvard 😉 ,but do your own research on insulin resistance or just take a look around. Obesity and diabetes are at an all time high and and an over abundance of sugar is a major contributor. It makes you fat and sick.
To avoid it, check labels. Anything with over 6 grams added sugar is kind of a lot. How do you know if it’s added? Read the ingredients list. If the sugar comes naturally, from dates or other whole fruit, I give it a little leeway (those things have fiber, which help with the digestion of sugars).
Speaking of checking labels, just stop putting any product in your body that contains high fructose corn syrup. It’s a fucking cheap chemical that is pretending to be sugar (seriously, food manufacturers use it because it is cheaper than sugar). Have you ever checked out the price of sugar? It’s not expensive, so you know you are getting some really high quality shit when you reach for the high fructose. Also, it’s a big weird secret as to how it’s made and what
chemicals ingredients it contains. The government doesn’t even know what’s in it, and your pancreas certainly does not know how to deal with it. So… just don’t consume it…EVER. If you are PMS’ing, depressed, or just ran a marathon and need something sweet, eat something with a bunch of real sugar in it. Don’t do it every day, but you know…no one is perfect. So here’s your cue to ask me how I really feel about it…
OK- now for the FUN part- delicious, healthy, FOOD (that you get to eat twice before noon)! Let’s talk about seven days worth of SUPER EASY ideas for Second Breakfast. These snacks assume that you already had the Almond Hemp Seed Butter with Anti-Inflamm Jam on some sort of toast. That is, I am assuming your first breakfast was not only awesome but around 400- 450 calories.
Your Second “B” should be 200- 250 cals (or vise versa). For example, on early exercise days, I get a 200+/- calorie quick start (usually from a bar of some sort- see below), and I follow up with a more substantial (400-450 kcal) meal later. That’s cool too. Just eat something right when you get up and aim for around 600 -650 kcal before lunch (not that anyone’s counting).
Here we go…
Vegan Protein Bar
Yes, this is processed food. Yes, this is what I eat most days- so sue me. Right now I am digging on Nugo Slim Crunchy Peanut Butter (not to worry- I keep them at work so as to avoid the possible life or death situations revealed in an earlier post). It’s low in sugar, high in protein and fiber, and it tastes great! I also eat Lara Bars , but I usually only eat those before (or during) exercise (so on early exercise mornings) because they are high in sugar (from dates…but still). I’ll do a whole post sometime on the best vegan protein bars, and maybe you’ll all make some suggestions for me to try before then? I hear No Cow Bars are super awesome, but I’ve yet to try them out.
Banana with a Couple of Pieces of Raw Dark Chocolate
Could this get easier? Just pick chocolate with at least 70% cacao and very little sugar added. I like Go Raw . You can melt it and dip your nana in it, or just nibble a bite of each for the perfect combo. Mmmmm…
- 1 banana
- 2-3 pieces of low sugar, dark chocoolate
Pumkin Pie Smoothie
- 1/2 cup pumpkin
- 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
- a couple packets stevia
- 1/2 large frozen banana (or 1 small frozen banana)- if it’s not frozen, just add a few ice cubes
- 3/4 cup unsweetened non dairy milk (I like unsweetened vanilla almond milk)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract (optional)
- Optional: toss in a few greens, but beware- it will turn a baby poop color
Apple with Almond Hemp Seed Butter
- 1 apple (I like honey-crisp), cut into slices
- 1- 2 Tbl Almond Hemp Seed Butter
Fruit and Non Dairy Yogurt
- 1 piece of whole fruit, cut into slices (or a half a melon used like a bowl)
- 1 serving unsweetened non dairy yogurt (I like Kite Hill Almond Milk Yogurt)
- Add to yogurt: a couple packets stevia, 1/2 tsp cinnamon, 1 tsp vanilla extract
Non Dairy Yogurt with Anti-Inflamm Jam and granola (or sub nuts, seeds, coconut flakes, etc)
- 1 serving unsweetened non dairy yogurt (again Kite Hill Almond Milk Yogurt is the bomb)
- 1/3 cup Anti-Inflamm Jam
- A sprinkle of lower sugar granola (this is tough, you’re going to have to look around to find a GOOD one). I like Purely Elizabeth.
Overnight Chia Seed Pudding
There are a million chia seed pudding recipes out there, so go ahead and look around for more ideas. However, this one is simple and doesn’t have a million calories. Put the ingredients in a Tupperware before bed, and grab it on your way to work in the morning (or eat first thing, depending on your day).
- 3/4 cup unsweetened non- dairy milk (I like unsweetened vanilla almond milk)
- 2 TBL chia seeds
- 1/4 cup frozen fruit or Anti-Inflamm Jam
- Cinnamon and/ or Stevia to taste (add vanilla if you used plain milk)
- Sprinkle low sugar granola or a few pumpkin seeds if you like
OK. There’s a full week for you. If you’re trying to lose weight, I can hear you going, “No way this skinny bitch is going to get me to eat TWO breakfasts. I am skipping breakfast. I want to lose weight FAST…” Please just trust me… I have been there. Maybe I will tell you all about it one day.
Let me know if you give it a shot, and what your thoughts are about eating twice before lunchtime.