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
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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