Many dieters attempt to eat skimpy breakfast and lunch meals, and then ruin their plan by indulging at dinner time. Smart for Life offers a variety of meal replacement choices in addition to their cookies. Knowing which food combinations to choose for their dinner, as well as proportion size, is key to staying full throughout the night while sitting in front of the television. Since dinner is the only meal a dieter on the Smart for Life plan will actually prepare, it is important to choose healthy foods that will satisfy.
Carbohydrates can be a dieter’s friend or foe. Simple carbs contain naturally occurring sugars, and are found in foods such as candy, white breads, and sugary beverages. Complex carbs are those that are more slowly digested, and are found in fruits and vegetables. Decreasing simple carbs while increasing complex carbs will help ingest fewer calories. Eating foods high in fiber will also keep dieters feeling full longer which will help them steer clear of fattening snacks. Fruits and vegetables are great food choices. They are high in fiber and nutrients the body needs to maintain its energy.
While eating a diet that includes complex carbohydrates is better than filling up on processed foods, the key to a healthy meal is combining a small portion of the carbs with an adequate amount of protein. Carb counting is usually reserved for diabetics when maintaining their blood glucose levels. However, a dieter can be rewarded by making a small change to how they plan their meals.
After using the meal replacement cookies and Smart for Life products, dieters will need to plan their dinner. The 9” plate method is a great way to ensure dieters are receiving the proper nutrients. Filling half of the dinner plate with vegetables such as green beans, eggplant, carrots, and broccoli will help fill the stomach. Lettuce and cucumbers can also be added to this half of the plate. A small healthy meal including 60 grams of carbohydrates combined with 3 oz of protein will not only keep proportions low, but will complete a balanced meal. One quarter of the plate will then be filled with carbohydrates, and the other quarter will be filled with protein. Those who love pasta can still enjoy it although in much smaller proportions than they are probably accustomed to. 1/3 cup of cooked pasta contains 15 grams of carbohydrates. A small apple or half of a banana also contains 15 grams of carbs. Dieters will have to choose whether they wish to use the pasta to fulfill their 60 grams of carb choices, or include another choice such as a piece of fruit. Rice is always a great accompaniment to chicken. 1/3 cup of rice also contains 15 grams of carbohydrates. There are many possible combinations.
Sandwiches are not out of the question for dinner. Those who love white bread will be pleased to know that they can enjoy the white whole wheat version. Registered dietician and television chef Ellie Krieger was asked about whole grain white bread in the Food Network’s October 2011 issue. According to Ellie, this bread does contain the nutritional benefits, but also stresses consumers read the package label. She advises the first ingredient must be white whole wheat in order to contain the full nutrients. Dieters can enjoy a chicken salad sandwich with a teaspoon of mayonnaise.
Small healthy meals may not be a dieter’s ideal dinner when starting their plan. However, they will quickly realize they truly have plenty of food on their plates even if they do not realize it right away. Smart dinners combined with the Smart for Life meal replacement choices are a great way for dieters to reach their weight goals.