And eat in general. That’s why working out is so awesome, because it definitely justifies the unreal amount of food I eat every day.
When I’m at drawing class, we get there around 9am and immediately start drawing. This is fine, because it’s messy and I love having graphite all over my face for the rest of the day. But I have this thing where I can’t focus for more than say…. 30 minutes without having to pee. That’s just how it is. What can I say, I like water and coffee. Since I have a metabolism that doesn’t really make sense, I have breakfast before I go to class and then end up hungry around 10:30 or 11 am. Class ends at noon. I’m hungry. Give me food now.
Because I have this serious issue with not being able to go hungry for more than five seconds, I pack snacks. Snacks on snacks on snacks. Think: Portable, healthy, and simple. KISS: Keep It Simple, Stupid. (I know stupid’s a bad word, but we’ll keep it for now)
Right now I’m drinking green juice. Not simple or fast, depending on your attention span, but hits the spot. For about an hour. Now I’m having tilapia with a tomato and avocado. Sea salt on top because it makes everything better. Notice there’s no ketchup? Look at me nowwww. I also eat too fast. Avocado just makes everything a thousand times better and irresistible. Truth.
Let’s get back to what this is all about. Snacks. I like to snack. Snacking is an awesome thing because hey, small amount of food = I have food in my mouth and it will keep me full for a bit longer. That’s what really matters here. The three basic components of a snack = carbohydrate, protein, and plant fats. Basic stuff. Carbs can be from vegetables or fruit, depending on what you’re into, and protein should definitely be hefty. Heavy on the protein, please. While fats taste yummy and are good for you, I’ve found that it’s not so good if you’re eating nuts by the handful. I mean, that’s fine and everything, I just want to have room for dinner.
So snacks = mostly protein. I like using leftover fish, chicken/turkey, eggs, or protein powder. Healthy plant fats = cold-pressed or coconut oils, avocado, nuts, seeds. If you’re using eggs for your protein, use the yolks. I promise they’re good for you. (everything in moderation) Carbs for me usually are taken care of with a green juice. If you’re going to get your veggies in, might as well use a straw.
So, here are some of my favorite snacks. Some are healthy, some are kind of healthy but are pushing it, and some are just straight up easy. Do what you gotta do, but always follow the three-component rule and you won’t be chewing anyone’s arms off.
- Egg scramble with sauteed spinach and avocado. Fruit optional. (I recommend berries)
- Fish or chicken with veggies, nut butter with chocolate chips for dessert.
- Banana with shaken-up protein powder (see above).
- Paleo cookies with almond butter (see above…. times a thousand).
- Smoothies: Almond-Coconut milk with protein powder, chia seeds, and almond butter.
Time for some more coffee shop blog work!
CrossFit at 4:30. Good thing I like to get my ass kicked, because it’s Dave’s birthday and we’re doing a nine-move ladder up to 33 reps. Um, hi. Won’t be able to walk tomorrow.
Do you like to snack? Give me your faves!