Quoted from GoldieI have come to the conclusion that maybe I (O'diabetic) should not even try to eat a snack but maybe the equivilant of 5 small but complete meals.
Quoted from ruthiegirlTo me, "snack" means a small amount of food when it's not mealtime. I don't think of "junk food" as being "snack food" at all. I also think of "snack" rather than "meal" when it's not eaten at the table with proper tableware. For example, if my son eats a "snack" of carrot sticks, cheese slices, and rice cakes (often while playing on the computer or watching TV) then I really don't care if he's too full for dinner, since he's consumed a balance of nutrients, even if it was in "snack" format.
I typically eat breakfast, lunch, mid-afternoon snack, then dinner. I've dropped the bedtime snack and the mid-morning snack. Occasionally, I'll have snack before lunch rather than after (snack at lunchtime then lunch at snacktime) but that's not my typical routine, and generally happens if I'm out and about when I get hungry and eat trail mix from my purse rather than a proper meal.
If the word "snack" makes you think of less healthy food choices, then perhaps you'd do better thinking of it as 4 or 5 small meals per day, rather than 3 meals plus a snack or two. Just make sure your daily portions total what you should be eating (even if you end up having smaller portions of protein more often than SWAMI recomends- just look at total amounts.)