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Best snack to survive the 4-5pm hunger pangs

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Chestnutx3 Tue 04-Oct-11 19:20:27

I have lunch around 1pm sometimes earlier and then I am starving around 4-5pm, around the kids tea time so I end up scoffing their left overs or snacking while cooking the tea or often both. What is the best snack to eat that will satisfy me and keep me going until I have my dinner around 8pm. Can't eat dinner earlier as DH comes home late from work and I know he likes eating with me in the evening. One banana just doesn't seem to work.

ballstoit Tue 04-Oct-11 21:12:35

Make a large saucepan of vegetable soup...just stock with loads of veg and some herbs etc. Freeze it in sandwich bags (put open bag in a bowl/margarine tub, freeze in it and then take the bag out of the bowl). Defrost one bag each day and sit and eat the soup with the DC when they have their tea. It will be pretty filling, but not much in terms of calories/ww points/is sin free etc.

Otherwise I recomend...snack a jacks, ryvita mini bites, ice poles/lollies, sugar free jelly, pickled onions or gherkins. Depending on whether your fix of choice is sweet or savoury.

Joby1970 Wed 05-Oct-11 12:47:16

protein will help.

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BoopBoopDiddumDaddumWaddumChoo Wed 05-Oct-11 13:49:38

The only way i have managed to lose weight is when we eat separately - which we tend to do in the week. If i cook for all of us i cook more (and also tend to have a drink with DH) - whereas when the Dcs eat one thing and me another then DH gets his own when he comes in i eat less.

I think you will find it hard to lose weight eating at 8pm every night.

BoopBoopDiddumDaddumWaddumChoo Wed 05-Oct-11 13:50:59

Should just add - i'm no expert btw and have only lost a stone so far (1.5 to go) - so not trying to sound preachy at all grin

Chestnutx3 Wed 05-Oct-11 14:01:42

thanks will try the soup idea. My problem boop boop I really don't want my dinner at 5/5.30 with the kids as then I end up snacking later.

alfiemama Wed 05-Oct-11 14:18:38

I have a ryvita with laughing cow light cheese on and wait for it, (some may go bleurghhh) a dollop of chutney. It really keeps me going until Tea time and satifies the sweet tooth.

fluffy123 Wed 05-Oct-11 16:44:20

Slice of ham.

stripeybump Wed 05-Oct-11 16:47:10

I second protein - a good handful of nuts with a banana and you'll be sorted. If I have a carb based snack for my mid-afternoon slump it makes me worse, really lethargic!

QueenStromba Wed 05-Oct-11 19:19:33

I tend to go for a hard boiled egg or two at about that time.

nametapes Wed 05-Oct-11 19:21:50

Hot cup of tea or coffee etc helps me feel a bit fuller. . .and fruit.

privatename Wed 05-Oct-11 20:01:10

i thought banana was a carb based snack?

BagCrazy Fri 07-Oct-11 18:02:34

I was wondering if there is any all proteon snack fix if you are not home ??? I try to avoid carbs in after 4 and find it really hard what to eat if im shopping, etc. Greggs, etc all have rich carbs servings !

QueenStromba Sat 08-Oct-11 13:15:42

I got some ham from one of those tiny Tescos the other day when I was hungry. I actually ate two packets and it was about the same calories as one of those tasteless light sandwiches and kept the hunger away for a lot longer. I think most small shops will have packets of ham, chicken etc.

NotTheBlinkingGruffaloAgain Sat 08-Oct-11 19:12:00

I find dates and nuts are great

mumzy Fri 14-Oct-11 19:38:02

I keep a small zip up bag of almonds and raisins in my bag for snack attacks . Protein and sugar satisfied

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