Caught snacking between meals? That’s a good thing according to a recent study of over 2,500 men and women ages 40 to 59 years across the United States and United Kingdom. Experts found that those who ate six or more small meals in a 24-hour period had lower average BMIs, consumed fewer calories and experienced an increase in energy.
That doesn’t mean you can dive for the doughnuts though. Grocery stores—even those that tout all natural alternatives—are packed with rows and rows of snacks that, if consumed in excess, can contribute to weight gain and a slew of other health issues.
Making the right choice is super important when it comes to snacking. If you have a hankering for something sweet or savory you’re in the right place. Vi offers lots of great tasting, healthy snacking options that are sure to fulfill any type of craving. We’ve created a sample meal plan designed to help you fill up fast with nutrient rich foods to power your day.
Choose from these three popular shake options in the morning and fuel up with 12 grams of protein, a full serving of fiber (5 grams) and loads of vitamins and minerals.
Crunch on these tasty flakes with added Vi Crunch® Fusions for a burst of flavor. You can even swap out the Crunch for a non-fat yogurt topped with Tri-Berry Puffs or Chocolate Macadamia Granola Fusions.
We’re seeing red. Choose red delicious apples, strawberries or raspberries for a mid morning snack. These fruits are high in anthocyanins, which act as powerful antioxidants. Antioxidants are known to soak up harmful free radicals and promote good health.
Vi-Shape Shake & Veggies
Mix three scoops of Vi-Shape with water for fewer calories than skim milk. This would be a good time to add a Shape-Up™ Health Flavor Mix-In for variety and additional nutritional benefits. Pair your shake with a handful of raw carrots and cucumbers to keep hydrated and flush out toxins.
Grab and go with Vi Bites Glorious Greens flavor variety for a low calorie, low-fat, low sugar snacking option at just 65 calories and equal to one serving of vegetables per packet.
Grilled Chicken, Applesauce & Salad
Grilled chicken is as versatile as it is delicious. A chicken breast is the leanest cut you can get, naturally lower in calories and fat than legs and thighs. A three-ounce cooked, skinless chicken breast is about 138 calories and contains approximately 26 grams of protein and three grams of fat. Marinade overnight and grill to your heart’s delight. Serve with a side of unsweetened applesauce and a fresh salad for bonus nutrients.
Yes, you get to indulge a little! Opt for trail mix with chocolate pieces for a decadent treat that won’t send you running to the gym. We like to mix 94% fat-free microwaveable popcorn with sea salt, dark chocolate mini chips and peanuts. Just 3 ½ cups of popcorn is only 100 calories and fulfills one of your three recommended daily servings of whole grains.
Make sure to drink around one ounce of water for every pound you weigh—including the water or milk you use for your Vi-Shape Shake—throughout the day to stay hydrated, maintain energy levels and promote healthy digestion. We hope you’re feeling full, happy and healthy after all these low calorie, nutritious meals brought to you by Vi. It’s so easy to fold Vi-Shape, Vi Crunch and more into your diet. The best part is these meals cost well under $5 a serving. Tasty and affordable? Yes please!