To boost a sluggish metabolism, eating smaller meals throughout the day might just do the trick.
The following is a sample of smaller meals menu for dieters on a 1,350 calorie daily diet.
Any beverages that are 10 calories or less may be enjoyed up to 50 calories. Opt for water, green tea and decaf coffee which are all diet-friendly choices minus the cream and sugar.
Breakfast - about 8 am
1/2 cup frozen strawberries, 1 cup of skim milk, Splenda - blend.
Mid-Morning Brunch - about 10:30 am
1serving of jerky (80 calories), 1 small plum
Lunch - about 12:30 pm
1 serving of lean thin-sliced deli meat (30 calories) plus 1/2 cup of baby spinach plus 1 slice of mozzarella cheese between 2 slices of whole grain bread (60 calories or less). Opt for light Mayo or mustard as a spread.
1 small plate of assorted raw veggies: 1/2 small cucumber, 3 radishes, 1/2 cup of broccoli florets. 1 serving of 50 calorie or less salad dressing OR yogurt for dipping.
Mid-Afternoon High Tea - about 3:00 pm
1 small plate of assorted cheese and fruit: 1/2 cup of strawberries, 1/2 cup of pineapple, 1/2 small apple cubed PLUS 1 ounce of 60 calorie or less assorted skim cheeses, cubed.
Lunch - about 5:30 pm
3 ounces of grilled fish with 1 teaspoon of tartar sauce if desired, 1/2 cup of steamed asparagus, 1 slice of whole grain bread (60 calories or less).
After 8 Dinner - about 8:00 pm
4 saltines filled with 1 Tablespoon of peanut butter; 3 cups of air popped popcorn with no calorie butter sprayed on.
1/2 cup frozen blueberries, 1 cup of skim milk, Splenda - blend.