Happy Monday! I had a cancellation late last night for this morning’s 1st appointment so I don’t have to be at work until later. But, I made sure NOT to stall and went for my 5 mile run as per my schedule
It was okay. I always take the runs after a long run easy so check in with my body
I didn’t stall my run, but I did stall stretching to check in with twitter and drink iced coffee. Busted.
We are getting close to the holiday season and it’s super important to stay on the healthy train NOW! Monday Mini-Goals are back and will be here through the end of the year. Want to join me?
Monday Mini-Goals for 9/19/2011:
1. Plan out meals and snacks for the week to prevent snacking disasters. Then, stick to it.
2. Clean out inbox and stay on top of it.
3. Strength train 4 days. Stretch after runs. Get to Zumba and/or KB once this week.
The Sargento Company recently contacted me about their “Mini-Meal” campaign. They are emphasizing healthy snacking with their cheese products. I had the opportunity to ask R.D. Liz Ward a few questions about it and thought I’d share…
Monica: What are the Benefits of Mini-Meals?
Ward: Nutritious mini-meals can help balance daily food intake, incorporate essential nutrients and stabilize energy levels. Mini-meal snacking can also help to reduce binges and cravings.
For a protein-filled bite, try pairing Sargento Reduced Fat Colby Jack Sticks with carrots or celery sticks.
Monica: How do you make sure not to eat more calories with mini-meals (over 3 meals) since you’re eating more frequently?
Ward: Good question. With mini-meals, it’s important to be intuitive and wait until your body tells you it’s time to eat. If you feel hungry after a meal, drink a glass of ice water first to make sure it’s not a false alarm. If
you’re still hungry 20 minutes later, it’s truly time for a mini-meal.
Also, make them count and choose snacks that fit into your daily calorie allowance. Include calcium,vitamin D, potassium and dietary fiber, nutrients that are lacking in our diets, according to 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
Monica: Does eating more often benefit your metabolism? If so, how?
Eating larger meals, which typically consist of unhealthy convenience foods can sap your energy levels. Incorporating nutritious mini-meals multiple times a day helps to rev up your metabolism,and may even help with weight control, as long as you keep calories within your “calorie budget” to
maintain your weight or lose weight.
Monica: What should the ratio of protein-carbs-fats be in mini-meals or snacks?
Ward: Carbohydrates and protein are equally important, but there is no set ratio. Always include protein- rich foods, such as milk, yogurt, nuts, nut butter, hummus, cottage cheese and eggs.
Monica: Should people eat at specific time intervals (every 3 hours)? Why?
Ward: It’s important to eat on a regular basis, but it’s even more important to eat only when you are hungry. I eat about every three to four hours, but people need to find what works for them. Eating on a regular basis prevents hunger, but so does including fiber and protein in each mini-meal.
If you want to win free Sargento Coupons – Leave a Comment with One Mini-Goal you have this week. I will pick a winner tonight at 10 PST and announce tomorrow morning.