Ask anyone who knows me: I eat *continuously*. I graze, nonstop, all day, from waking until (preferably early) dinner. I find that my energy level and blood sugar stay optimally even by eating this way, and I avert suffering the painful urgency of a hunger headache. Some studies say that by the time you experience a stomach growl you are already releasing cortisol and adrenaline and that’s not good. So I just don’t get hungry! Besides a standard breakfast of green smoothie (fruit and greens), a lunch of yogurt and Manor Seed Mix, and a varying healthy dinner, I rely on SNACKS.
The trick is to BE PREPARED.
Keeping fresh fruit at hand, front and center, is key. Our kitchen island is always set with the essentials of a day of fruit grazing. I slice strawberries, or set out raspberries, blueberries or blackberries (preferably from the freezer’s offerings of last summer’s organic local fruit), slice wedges of citrus, sometimes ripe pears or mango, or feature a melon of some kind. Kiwi and apples are always in the fridge. Almond butter and crackers are Robert’s favorite nosh. Hummus is always in the fridge too, for stuffing a pita pocket along with sprouts.
I keep a ready supply of dun pea sprouts, mixed color lentil sprouts, and a salad sprout mix of alfalfa, radish, clover and fenegreek seeds. Easy to sprout, serious nutrition and fiber, absolutely delicious. (I will blog that process soon.)
Here’s my other concoction, a trail mix that travels with me everywhere. The base is a wonderful organic gluten free cereal flake called Mesa Sunrise, I like to get the variety with the organic raisins. It’s made from corn, buckwheat, flax, quinoa and amaranth. It is SO delicious! Then I mix in more goodness: goji berries, dried mulberries, golden raisins, dried cherries, dried cranberries, almonds, prunes, dried mango slices, whatever I’m in the mood for. Handfuls or small bowls of this mix are my mainstay.
Sometimes the bulk bins at Whole Foods or other health food stores will have varieties of locally made alternative cereals too. This week I found a chocolate flavored healthy nosh and added it to my mix. Having bars of 80%+ dark chocolate handy is always a healthy snack too. In moderation, of course.
By making all this yummy snack food accessible every day I can rest assured that I am getting my share of the greens, fruits, fibers, protein, and super foods that are so important for optimum health. I carry the Ziplock bag with me on any overnight trips too.
SNACKS! Make them!
PS: Stay hydrated too! I purposefully make sure that I drink 60 oz of water every day. The conventional wisdom is that you can calculate the water you need daily simply by dividing your weight by 2. The resulting number is the amount, in ounces, of water you need every day. I like to spruce up my H2O by treating myself to bubbly, fizzy mineral water (i.e., Pellegrino) for promoting bone density. I add freshly squeezed lime, lemon or grapefruit juice for alkalizing my system. I hydrate, all day, every day.