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It’s 4PM on Anyday. It’s “crazy time” for me, especially because I work from home. I’m on my computer in my kitchen, and it’s getting dark, and I’m getting a bit tired. To get some energy, I reach for sugar. First, I reach for a gigantic Tootsie Roll that I break off piece by piece until it is gone. Then, I devour some jellybeans that I find in the way back of the cabinet. Still not satisfied, I find some chocolate chip biscotti that will really go well when dunked in my afternoon coffee… Sometimes, I just can’t get satisfied.
When I snack, I usually go big. I actually don’t call my 4PM delights a “snack”—I call them my “first dinner” (the second dinner begins around 7PM) because with the calories I consume in the late afternoon, that’s exactly what it ends up being. And I always end up unsatisfied and unhappy. Inevitably, a few weeks later… the jeans start to feel tight.
One of my resolutions for 2017 was to find a satisfying and healthy substitute for my sugar binge snacks in the late afternoon. I wanted to find something that could smack that unhealthy 4:00 PM snack habit across the backside. I wanted to find something that could give me the strength to say no to caloric– mostly unhealthy snacking—something that could curb my food cravings.
When I heard that Meta Appetite Control partnered with registered dietitian nutritionist Jessica Fishman Levinson MS, RDN, CDN, to create six Snack ID profiles and to provide healthy snacking tips, customized for each profile, I decided to check out what kind of snacker I am.
So, I took the online “What Kind Of Snacker Are You Quiz?” (give it a try—it will only take you a few seconds…and it’s fun!)
It turns out, as I suspected, I’m an “All-Or-Nothing Nosher”—I might not always snack, but when I do…I go “big.” I’m the kind of snacker that never orders a size small. The kind of snacker that doesn’t believe in small popcorns at the movies, or small ice creams at the ice cream parlor, or bite size anything (bite size of anything is annoying, am I right?) They got me pegged!
So what can I do so that my 4PM snack is actually big and satisfying and healthy…and not another sugar dinner? In order to beat my cravings and not go crazy with sugar, I really need to feel full and satisfied quickly, and whatever I am snacking on has to be good—really good. My solution—and it is one that has worked in the past for me, is to make an awesomely thick and yummy smoothie.
There are so many smoothie recipes out there, but I have found that one with almond milk, half a frozen banana, a handful of frozen berries, and 1 scoop of vanilla protein powder (which adds some sweetness) is perfect for me. And to give me an extra boost, and extra control, I have also started adding Meta Appetite Control, a fiber supplement from the makers of Metamucil, to my smoothies to help me feel less hungry between meals*. I call it my “Take Control” Smoothie.
How does it help me Take Control? Meta Appetite Control contains 100% natural psyllium, clinically proven to help you feel less hungry between meals*—it helps you “break up” with those snack cravings. I think that the best one for smoothies is the Meta Appetite Control that is unflavored (it’s called a Smoothie Enhancer) but it also comes in Orange Zest and Pink Lemonade if you want to just add it to water or any other cold beverage—any time of day.
For the last few years, I’ve trusted Metamucil (the fiber supplement, which also contains natural psyllium) in order to get a dose of the soluble fiber I need in my diet so I can stay regular.* I’m now a huge fan of my Take Control Smoothie, with Meta Appetite Control. Click here for some awesome coupons and see how you like it! In 2017, it’s all about taking control of your snacks!
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