For The Love of Snacks
I love food. There are no ifs, ands or buts about it. However, I am guilty of forgetting to eat. I know, it’s a sin. I get it. I will, however, grab a snack if I have any in the house. That requires me planning ahead. Good thing I’m a dietitian and meal plan for a living, so there’s always that…
Working from home means that I’m on my own schedule. Most people think it means I eat all day long. The opposite usually happens (unless my friends text me to remind me). I keep telling myself I’ll grab something in a bit, and that bit turns into a bit of HOURS later.
This then goes to the point of needing to rummage through my kitchen like a savage and eating anything in sight. Everything is fair game at that point. I then have immediate regrets. “Should’ve planned ahead” I always tell myself.
Yes, I am a dietitian, and I know better. So, the moral of this story is plan ahead, have snacks on hand, set a meal time and DO BETTER. (Obviously said to myself, I’m not yelling at you, unless of course it applies to you).
Speaking of meal plans, you know I work at Designed to Fit Nutrition building meal plans for clients all over the world. When I add new snacks and meals to their menus, I immediately want them on my plate. I told you on Tuesday, my food jealousy is real. When I see others eating it, I want it.
I also realized how sporadic my meal consumption had become since working from home. So not only did I want all their food, I also wanted all of their meal/snack consistency. When working with InsideTracker, I never gave myself the time to eat. I was also stressed, which caused me to not want to eat. Of course, this is nothing but an excuse but I fell victim to the working from home trap of “i’ll eat later” or “I’ll take a break later”.
I could tell my energy was down and my stomach GROWLING at me constantly was not my favorite. I needed to make a change.
In walked healthy snacks that helped (still do) keep me on track. I have found a lot of fun snacks over the last year, mostly thanks to friends and DTFN coaches & clients. It keeps me more consistent, fuels my workouts, makes me more functional with work and life and SO much happier.
I was never depriving myself for any other reason than just forgetting and being stressed. I now have snacks stocked so I have something to look forward to. Not to mention, my friends text me daily to remind me to take a break and eat so it makes it a little easier to remember.
Rice Cake Snacks
What are some of these snacks you ask? I have currently been obsessed with rice cakes and putting almost anything on them. Sweet, savory, you name it. I usually eat one pre-workout as it’s easy to digest, easy to prepare, on hand AND a good source of carbs to fuel my workout. I’ll also sometimes sneak another in post-dinner if I’m still hungry and want something sweet OR savory OR both.
Not to mention, the ingredient list of my favorite rice cake is #sassyapproved. It is simple and easy to read, see for yourself: Organic Whole Grain Brown Rice, Organic Wild Rice, Sea Salt.
Not too shabby, eh? I’m all for ingredients that I can recognize, this one’s a winner.
Not to mention, these rice cakes are pretty mild in flavor and are pretty much just a vehicle for what you top them with. The possibilities are endless.
Pro tip: have fruits & veggies cut up and ready to go as well as avocados mashed so you don’t have to prep much. Make it easy for yourself!Print
Sassy Snack Time: Rice Cakes
- Prep Time: 2 minutes
- Total Time: 2 minutes
- Yield: 1
Make these rice cake snacks your own and get creative!
– Rice cake topped with chocolate sunflower seed butter + sliced apples
– Rice cake topped with greek yogurt + pomegranate seeds + hemp hearts
– Rice cake topped with mashed avocado + red pepper flakes + salt
- Rice Cakes
- Nut/Seed Butter
- Greek Yogurt
- Fruit (i.e. sliced apples, pomegranate seeds, bananas, etc.)
- Hemp hearts
- Avocado, mashed
- Spices (i.e. red pepper flakes, salt, pepper)
- Spread nut/seed butter, greek yogurt or avocadao on top of rice cake. Add toppings of choice.
- Serving Size: 1 Rice Cake + Toppings
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I top rice cakes with flavored cream cheese and fruit.
Laura Ligos, MBA, RD, CSSD says
sounds delicious! I have not tried cream cheese on a rice cake before, yum!