The 6 Right Snacks to Eat at 11 a.m.
Oh no, another hour or more to go before lunch? Relax, there's an easy food fix for every midmorning mood.
When You Want an Easy (and Healthy) Measure...
Limit your morning snack to 100 calories or less—the amount in a large apple, says Anne McTiernan, MD, PhD, a professor at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and the University of Washington, whose (aforementioned headline-garnering
) study found a connection between midmorning snacking and slower weight loss. While her advice for dieters is to avoid the 11 a.m. snack unless they're genuinely hungry, the single-piece-of-fruit suggestion is a good rule of thumb for anyone else. Keeping it under 100 calories is easy: one banana, pear or small mango (100 calories each), orange (60 calories), nectarine (65 calories) or peach (40 calories).
A single piece of fresh fruit. (Alternatively, measure and bag 100 calories worth of the following dried fruits: 3 prunes, dates or fresh/dried figs, 1 tablespoon of raisins, 2 tablespoons of dried cherries or 8 dried apricot halves.)
Extra perk: Fruit is rich in dietary fiber