Time-savers for eating healthy . . .
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Ok, here goes . . . my first blog entry using a prompt!
My grocery list has a new category . . . "Snackums" . . . by which I mean things that are prepackaged, or easy to subdivide, are healthful, and can be grabbed in moments as I hurry out the door. As I'm now packing my lunch with me to work every day, some mornings I have time to make a sandwich, and some I don't. "Snackums" make sure that even on the really REALLY fast mornings, I still have time to pack some sort of lunch.
So, here's my list of things that qualify as Snackums:
1. Yogurt. usually the prepackaged kind, and sometimes the plain yogurt with a spoonful of jelly in the middle.
2. String cheese, and squares of cheese, individually wrapped. These are my standby.
3. Tiny Luna bars. I find these in a big box with the "energy bars." They're about the size of a mini-snickers and provide just enough chocolate taste and treat sensation, while still being a Luna bar and fairly good for you!
4. 100 calorie pack of sourcream and chives Pringles. Yes, I know, it's not healthy, but it makes me feel that packing a lunch is something fun rather than a chore. I only go through a package of these perhaps once every other month or so. It's not excessive, but it's a nice treat!
5. Almonds and raisins. This one I do nearly EVERY day. I have a small mustard jar that I'm using as a container for half a serving of almonds and the contents of a tiny box of raisins. Sometimes I'll vary by changing the raisins for a dried tropical fruit mix, but the size of the mustard jar ensures that I don't take too much with me. It's a nice combination of protein and quick fructose. And, it's yummy!
6. Honest Kids fruit juice bags. They're only 40 calories, have minimal sugar, and are really yummy. These are like the pringles in that I don't get them all the time, but they're still a nice occasional treat.
7. With the purchase of smaller plastic containers (Lock and Lock's 1.4 cup size) I can now pack veggies with me more easily. It's so nice to microwave some steam-in-the-bag veggies and then toss a serving into a container for lunch the next day. Happy Brussle Sprouts to me!! Carrots of course work too!
And so, yeah, that's my secret to success. You've got to have things that are quick and easy to grab!
Also, having one or two lunchboxes makes it easier as well. Mine are from sub-Zero and have the "keep things cold" stuff in the lining on all sides, so you just throw the entire bag into the freezer. It really keeps things colder than invidual ice packs.
Hmmm, I like this prompt thingy!
Let me know what you think!