Ever since I started back on Weight Watchers, one thing that’s plagued me is the late afternoon Snack Monster. Just like the Cookie Monster, the Snack Monster rears his ugly head at the worst times. When I need to be chowin’ down on carrots or an apple, he wants a cookie or chips. In the beginning, he was especially hard to fight, but I think I’ve finally got him beat!
One thing I’ve realized is when I eat a more filling breakfast, and then wait until later to eat lunch, say at least 12:00 or 1:00, then I stay more full throughout the afternoon longer. This allows me to eat veggies and fruit for snacks and not crave carbs as much. I also know that a few Hershey Kisses will satisfy a chocolate craving (most times!) and I don’t need a giant cookie or cupcake.
Here’s some snack staples that I’ve tried to have at work lately:
pineapple (one of my favorite fruits!)
apples (I’ve been bored with apples lately, but I’m trying!)
yogurt with a small serving of granola
Usually these snacks will take me through until dinnertime, where I’ve been trying to eat a smaller meal and follow that with a Weight Watchers ice cream treat of some sort. While the weekends are still difficult for me — I tend to indulge in too many Flex Points on the weekends — I’ve got the weekdays down pretty well right now. I just need to spread that willpower around to a full seven days a week!
What do you bring to work for a snack? Do you eat bigger meals earlier in the day?