Now, when you think about five meals a day, you’re probably not thinking about five full meals that you sit down to enjoy. You may have breakfast on the run, lunch at your desk, and dinner in front of the TV. Add in two large snacks, and you might lose track of how many calories you’ve consumed in a day’s time. If you want to take more control of what you eat and when you eat it, balancing five meals throughout the day can be a great approach. With online meal plans from New Vision Nutrition, you can know exactly how many calories you’ve eaten and what kind of food you’ve put into your body.
If your daily goal is approximately 1600 to 2000 calories per day, it’s important to space out your caloric intake evenly across all meals and snacks. This can help you from feeling hungry an hour after you’ve eaten, and with breakfast being the most important meal of the day, it can be okay to tip the calories a bit in the favor of your first meal. Our Spanish Scrambler includes egg whites, cheddar cheese, turkey bacon, and vegetables, and comes in at 200 calories. Pair that with a cup of fruit or yogurt and granola, and you’ll have your 400 to 500 calories for this meal.
It happens to all of us – you’re sitting at work, it’s 10:00am, and your stomach starts rumbling. Instead of leaving for an early lunch or sneaking that last donut from the break room, satiate your hunger with a mid-morning snack. Vegetables such as carrots or radishes with healthy hummus can help you get through the morning without feeling hungry until lunchtime. If you’d rather have something easy, vegetable chips or a serving of healthy popcorn can be good options. All in all, you’ll want to keep this snack to 200 to 300 calories.
You’ve had your mid-morning snack, you’ve been productive, and now it’s 12:30 or 1:00pm. You’re ready for lunch and you can tell your body needs a bit of protein to keep going. Our BBQ Grilled Steak or BBQ Grilled Chicken are quick and easy to prepare, and come with healthy sides. These dishes will provide 500 to 600 calories, so you shouldn’t have to worry about feeling hungry in the middle of the afternoon.
You’ve finished work for the day, perhaps gone to the gym, ran some errands, and now you’re finally back home. You can tell you’re hungry, but not quite ready for dinner. A healthy after-work snack can be an avocado or another vegetable with healthy fats, and should suffice to keep you satisfied until dinner. A good range for this snack is 100 to 200 calories (you don’t want to ruin your dinner).
Now that you’ve settled in for the night, you’re ready to eat dinner and watch your favorite show. Depending on what you had for lunch and snack, you might be looking for something a bit heartier, and our Sizzlin Steak can be a perfect choice. At 800 calories, it might put your daily total over by a bit, but if you worked out or were active during the day, it can be okay to indulge. If you’re worried about your daily calories, a lighter options such as our Blackened Tilapia (at 490 calories) might be a better choice.
If you’re trying to change your daily caloric intake and make your menu match your goals, look through our online meal plans today. We have options for breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert, and more, and know that you’ll find options that meet your tastes.