‘3’ vs. ‘6’

My alarm clock seemed extra loud this morning.  Loud and extra, extra, extra obnoxious.

It woke me with a jolt, as I literally made a flying leap through the air in order to shut the alarm off.  Somehow I even managed to hit the off button while air-borne.  I thought this was pretty cool until I realized that I had flung myself further than I actually needed to, resulting in a loud thud as my head hit the wall.  Whomp.

Apparently, it’s Thursday, because after my initial daze, I simply laughed.  :mrgreen:  If it was Monday, there may have been (very) different consequences. 😉

Thursdays are usually my strength training slash yoga day.  But a walk sounded so appealing, that I just ate my breakfast and went.  I think it’s the unusual warm weather that’s making me want to spend extra time outdoors.  It is the official first full day of fall, after all.  The chilly weather will be permanently here before we know it.

Breakfast: whole wheat bagel with almond butter and a banana

A big ol’ fresh salad for lunch!  Complete with all my favorite mix-ins…

  • mesculin greens
  • cucumbers
  • tomatoes
  • garbanzo beans (aka chickpeas)
  • black olives, sliced
  • olive oil
  • feta cheese

Yogurt In A Jar!

I layered some orange slices on the bottom, plopped on some plain yogurt, and sandwiched the yogurt in with a sliced kiwi.  The fruit juices dispersed throughout the yogurt, creating a naturally sweetened morning snack.

There was also an apple and some whole wheat bunny crackers to accompany the salad. 😀

There was a recent research article done, looking at whether “grazing” throughout the day (in this case, referring to 6 mini meals) or eating 3 square meals a day was more beneficial in controlling appetite.  The study revealed that the 3 square meals was actually more beneficial in the long run than the grazing method. 

However, that being said, I would have to look at more of the details in the study.  Personally, I find that having a morning and an afternoon snack keeps hunger at bay and prevents any gorging at the next meal.  Especially when the snacks involve a good source of protein and some fiber.  And flavor.  Which is equally important. 😉

But really, keeping blood sugar levels stable can make all the difference in how you feel by the end of the day.  Eating every 3-4 hrs. is an important aspect of any healthy diet.  

Afternoon Snack: Raisin bran with milk

I’ve been making a lot of appetizers these past few days.

There’s something about having a lil’ something to tease the palate before the main meal.

Tonight I had a ramekin filled with homemade Onion Soup (recipe to follow.)  The onions cook down, down, down.  Into a state of absolute, caramelized bliss.  It’s a beautiful thing.  It also makes the perfect appetizer soup.

But before you think I’m getting too snooty or that I might possibly have too much time on my hands, you should know that Onion Soup is possibly the easiest soup you will ever make.  You should also know that my main entree did not revolve around filet mignon or leg of lamb. 😉

Yes.  It is totally okay to precede your dinner with a bowl of Onion Soup, winning you looks of admiration across the table.  (Nobody has to know that it took you a mere 30 minutes from start to finish.)

And it’s totally okay to call a bowl of “un”overnight oats your dinner.   Absolutely a-okay.

“Un”overnight Oats:

  • 1/2 c. uncooked oatmeal
  • 1 banana, sliced
  • 6-oz. plain yogurt
  • cinnamon, nutmeg
  • mixed, lightly salted nuts

I added in a side of steamed broccoli to squeak in some greens as well. 😉

I can’t believe that I actually have a day off tomorrow!  It’s been go, go, go lately.  Constantly.  I am so looking forward to having a day to just catch up.  Especially since I have a busy (but fun!) weekend planned.

Question: Do you tend to eat 3 square meals a day or do you aim for more of a 6 meal a day approach?  What works better for you and why?

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Onion Soup
taken from Mollie Katzen’s Moosewood Cookbok (and tweaked just a lil’)

  • 2 T. butter
  • 4 large onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp dry mustard
  • 1/8 tsp thyme
  • 4 c. hot water
  • 2 T. soy sauce
  • black pepper
  1. Melt butter in a kettle or Dutch oven.  Add onions and salt and cook over medium heat about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. Add mustard and thyme; stir and cover.  Cook on low for about 15 more minutes.
  3. Add hot water, soy sauce and pepper.  Simmer at least 10 more minutes.
  4. ENJOY! 😀
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13 thoughts on “‘3’ vs. ‘6’

  1. I have the three main meals plus two snacks. My tummy would eat itself if I didn’t eat every three or three and half hours. lol

  2. I usually have 2 big meals and 4 smaller ones throughout the day. I had to gain quite a bit of weight awhile ago, so doing that on three strict meals a day would have been pretty tough 😉 I do prefer to ‘graze’ though. It feels a lot more freeing.. but that’s coming from the perspective of someone who has struggled with restrictive dieting in the past.

    Onion soup and broccoli to accompany dinner sound great… although they don’t exactly mesh with oats if you ask me 🙂 Hehe!
    ❤ Tat

  3. I tend to eat six little meals during the week, because I get so tired at work that I need something to keep me going… and to look forward to. 😉 But on the weekends, I tend to eat just three meals because I’m on the go and just having fun. 🙂

  4. I usually graze all day, but that article intrigues me. Sometimes I think I’d be better off eating 3 larger meals instead of 6 smaller. When I graze I never really feel “satisfied” only “not hungry” but in an hour I’m hungry again.

  5. I guess I would classify myself as a multi-meal kinda’ girl. I have the normal 4 meals of breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert (yes, dessert is a meal!), but I also have snacks in between. I prefer the “smaller” meal approach because then I don’t feel bloated and stuffed after each meal! Plus, the multi-meal approach means you get to eat more often 🙂

  6. I eat 6 – I’m a total grazer.

    I love the bunnies in the jar!

    Was looking for an onion soup recipe, will definetly have to give this one a shot – wonder if I could throw it in the crockpot?

    • I think the crockpot would work great for this soup! The longer (and slower) the onions cook, the more flavor they impart to the broth.

      If you try it, let me know how it turns out! 😀

  7. I definitely have a defined breakfast, lunch, and dinner, but a I also have a snack mid-morning or mid-afternoon snack if I need something to keep me going at work.

    PS–Great soup recipe–I love Molly Katzen and Moosewood cookbooks! They’re definitely some of my favorites 🙂

  8. I’m definitely a 6 small meals person. I try to eat 3 meals and 2 snacks but not really big meals.

    Definitely a-oh-kay to eat overnight oats for dinner!

  9. I’m the textbook version of grazing. I have to in order to keep my blood sugar stable and give my pancreas a rest. If I ate bigger meals, my sugar would spike then bottom out. I’ll always vote in favor of grazing.

    How do you like the Moosewood cookbook? I’m looking for something new to experiment with.

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