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How to Survive a Snack Attack: a Field Guide

Here’s a popular topic for clean eating: “What is the best way to raise, butcher, and cook my own giraffes without my spouse/the police finding out?”

Well, I’ll be honest… that’s a little outside my scope of expertise. I can’t hide anything larger than a zebra without the law dropping by. What I CAN do, however, is answer the question: “I get hungry between meals or after dinner. What are some real food snacks that are pre-packed or super easy?”

1. Trader Joes Plantain Chips – I personally love Trader Joe’s Plantain Chips. They satisfy a tortilla/potato chip craving and only have 3 ingredients: plantain, sunflower oil, and salt. They go well with salsa, fresh avocado, or are even good plain! They cost $1.69/bag regularly. Not bad!

Pay attention to the Nutrition Facts, however. They are NOT low-calorie or low-fat. You cannot eat an entire bag and expect NOT to have “the heavy craps” the next morning. These are just a snack, and should be treated as such. “Honor thy serving size and Nutrition Facts.” (Commandment 5. In the Bible. Look it up.)

2. Nuts – If I’m in-between meals, a small palmful of nuts is the way to go. You can even add some dried fruit, like raisins or cranberries to satisfy a sweet craving. I wanted to show you the proper serving size, but when a Googled “a handful of nuts”, I couldn’t share any of the pictures that came up.

Again, Trader Joes is a great place to find some natural nuts for a reasonable price. (WARNING: Peanuts are NOT nuts… they are legumes and should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.) Walnuts, pecans, almonds, cashews, pistachios, and macadamias are a some examples of tree nuts.

After eating a small palmful, WAIT 20 minutes before going to the fridge again. Your body takes a while before it realizes you had fed it, kind of like a Doberman gnawing the leg of a would-be intruder on the front lawn of a Beverly Hills mansion.

3. Eggs – You can hard-boil a dozen at a time and have them at the ready, or you can fry/scramble a couple in a jiffy. Add some salt and pepper, and you have a snack that can satisfy a savory craving. The eggs have some protein that will tell your body, “I just ate something, so quit bugging me!” (The same goes for a reasonably-sized chunk of cheese made from grass-fed cow’s milk.)

4. Dark Chocolate – The darker, the better. Like, 85%+. Organic fair-trade source preferred. I don’t often have a craving for sweets, but when I do, this hits the spot. Again, keep an eye on the serving size. One or two small squares will do the trick. (“The trick” just so happens to be a modern twist on the old “make the Statue of Liberty disappear”, but without the Copperfield-esque greasy Euro-coif.)

The main idea here is that you will not need (or even feel the urge) to snack if your main meals are balanced. From my own experience, when I eat meals balanced with plenty of vegetables, some protein, healthy fats, and a carb/fruit, I usually don’t crave snacks.

The other question I have been asked: “I’ll be traveling out of state. I usually double-fist gas station Red Bulls and Doritos. What is an easy way to take a healthful snack for the road?”

With very little pre-planning, you can throw some hard-boiled eggs, Applegate lunchmeat, tomatoes, 2-ingredient fruit bars, plantain chips, nuts, and cheese in a cooler.

This should help give you clean energy (if you are also solar powered, try leaning out the window!) that will get you to your destination without unexplained sweating and feeling like there’s a tiny person in your stomach trying punch his way out.

I hope this helps! If you have ready-made or easy real food snack ideas, please share!

Other reference: http://www.thepaleomom.com/2012/05/kid-snacks.html