Best Times in a Day to Eat Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Snacks

To keep your weight in control, you need to keep track of "what and when" you are supposed to eat; which means Mom was right: You should eat breakfast. Studies reveal that taking meal in the morning helps our body to prepare for our upcoming hectic day. Timely meals reduce the risk of diabetes, obesity and heart diseases.

Let's have a look on what and when to eat for being healthy and getting a perfect metabolism.

Breakfast time is around 6 a.m. to 7 a.m. so do not confuse breakfast with morning snack. Nutritionists recommend that one should start the day with protein-rich foods to stay satisfied longer. Whole grains are also beneficial for proper functioning.

Best Times in a Day to Eat Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Food to eat in Breakfast:
Oatmeal: Rich in fiber.
Greek Yogurt: Rich in protein. 100 calories provide 18 grams of protein.

It starts at 10 a.m. if you have taken your breakfast around 7 a.m. There is no need to eat same thing daily, so make changes in your morning snacks. You can full your stomach by having fruit salad.

Food to eat in Morning Snack:
Carrots: Rich in vitamin A.
Broccoli: Rich in vitamin C.

Be prepared for your lunch at 12:30 p.m. Try not to delay your lunch timings because when one meal gets delayed you will feel lousy and all your timings will be disturbed. Try to have some healthy fat in lunch like olive oil. It will help you absorb fat soluble vitamins which are vitamin A, D, E and K found in fruits and vegetables. Avoid deep fried food. I admit it tastes delicious but it is bad for our health.

Food to eat for Lunch:
Chicken or Salmon Sandwich: Rich in carbohydrates and protein.

The 4 p.m. snacks are afternoon snack also known as supper. By this time we get tired working and our blood sugar starts to drop and eventually we stress out ourselves. Facing these difficulties we go for chocolate bars, fries and high calorie foods which do not have nutrients for us. Avoid high calorie snack pack and rich mugs of coffee.

Food to eat for Afternoon Snack:
Cottage Cheese with Crisp Bread: To fulfill your carbohydrates and calcium requirements.
Dry fruits: Energizes you and keep your stomach full.
Low-fat Yogurt: Fulfill calcium requirements.

A balanced diet dinner plate holds one quarter of salad or vegies; one quarter of grains and other half or quarter of proteins. Dinner time should be 7 p.m. eat your dinner slowly, do not rush.

Food to eat for Dinner:
Chicken/ Turkey/ Beef: You should use chicken, turkey or beef steak in your dinner. It should be steamed or baked with one teaspoon of fat used.

Dinner should be the end of meals in your schedule, and you really don't need to have a snack after dinner, but if you stay awake late and there are more than four to five hours between your bedtime and dinner then you can have something light.

Food to eat for Bedtime Snack:
Arrowroot cookie with a warm glass of milk: A satisfying meal with lots of calcium.

Enjoy your day! Keep smiling!
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