I found an article in a fitness magazine about a "Protein Diet." While I wan't interested in going on a complete "diet," I thought the diet was based on a good principle: Eating protein rich foods keeps you fuller, longer. So, you end up eating less in the long run. So what I decided to do was cut out all snacks in my diet, except protein snacks. It was really hard to give up some of my favorite snacks, like pretzels and pizza gold fish, but I realized I would eat these snacks and still be hungry, so I would eat more and more. I am happy to say that I lost 11 pounds with this change in my diet. Additionally, I only drink coffee and water (no soda, no juice) and no snacks after dinner.
Some of my favorite protein snacks include:
Non-fat chocolate pudding cup with 1/3 cup of mixed berries
2 cups of microwave popcorn (no butter) sprinkled with 1 Tablespoon of Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup black bean (warmed) with 1/4 avocado wrapped in a whole wheat tortilla
1 ounce of reduced fat cheddar cheese with 4 whole wheat crackers
2 Tablespoons nonfat peanut butter with 4 whole wheat crackers
Hard Boiled Egg