EAT ALL THE THINGS ALL DAY
I’m headed into a busy season ahead: full-time work, ramping up my training and long runs for the Colfax Marathon next month, and, starting this week until July, 5 days of Grease rehearsal per week (2 of which are 5-hour choreography sessions).
I’m going to be working like a dog, moving constantly, and in need of delicious and nutritious fuel.
Here’s a day’s timeline of how I’m kicking my meals + snack-attack plan into high gear.
Every single morning, I think to myself, “Take a picture of your breakfast, Vanessa!” And every single morning, I devour it first. It’s probably because I’m ravenous from the minute my alarm goes off, and because of a lack of caffeination. Having conceded that it’ll never happen, I took a photo of the scramble in the pan, instead. You can’t be it all, people.
But here’s what I eat for breakfast:
THE MOST DIVINE BREAKFAST BURRITO:
- sautéed mushrooms, spinach, and minced garlic in olive oil
- one scrambled egg
- wrapped up in a medium flour tortilla
- covered in Cholula
(Of course, this is washed down with steaming black coffee.)
Sometimes, when I’m going to sleep, I decide to have a sweet breakfast in the morning—granola or oatmeal or cereal. But then I walk into the kitchen at 6 am with only one word on my tongue: BURRITO. ‘Tis a theme in my life, as you shall see.
SNACKS TAKE OVER
First, you’ve got to keep snacky-type foods on hand in your fridge and pantry, like:
- fruits (apples, bananas, grapes, or fruit salad in individual tupperware, ready to go)
- tortillas and/or pitas
- sandwich staples
- pre-cut veggies (cucumbers, carrots, bell peppers, etc.)
- protein bars
- re-utilized dinner leftovers
- nuts and/or seeds
- yummy spreads (nut butters, jellies/jams, hummus, etc.)
- the list goes on! anything you fancy!
You also will need to get these logistical materials:
- a fun lunchbox!
- plastic sandwich bags
- lots of different-sized tupperware
- tin foil and/or cling wrap
- tiny tupperware for dressings/dips/hummus
TAKE 5 EXTRA MINUTES AT NIGHT*
*I’m sorry; I’ll wait. I’m sure you’re drooling over the above picture. That’s what I call
“The Banan-Rito” — Justin’s Hazelnut Butter + organic peanut butter spread on a flour tortilla with a sliced banana. Roll it up in tin foil and count the hours until you can indulge!
I find that it makes life so much easier to pack your lunch + snacks the night before. Just do it; it’ll save (and give) you so much time and energy.
After such a divine burrito breakfast, I’m usually full for a good 3 hours. After that, it’s full-on snack time until dinner. I love to eat something substantial every couple hours, instead of a bigger meal for lunch, because it makes focusing at work a lot easier (post-binge lunch comas equal getting nothing done in the afternoon).
A TIMELINE BREAKDOWN
Using today’s busy schedule as an example, here’s how my nom went about.
6:15 am: breakfast burrito for champions + black coffee
9:15 am: James Beard’s zucchini bread muffin
11:30 am: Kasha Fire Roasted Veggie Snack Crackers + cheddar cheese
1:00 pm: cucumber + arugula salad; Siggi’s yogurt (so good)
3:30 pm: the Banan-Rito, Queen of All Deliciousness
5:30 pm: (Dinner) reconstructed Falafel “Burgers” (2 patties + lettuce + aioli + pita)
8:00 pm: grapes
NOW FOR MORE PHOTOS OF FOOD…
Here we have “The Banan-Dilla,” sister to the Banan-Rito. If you have a little butter, a frying pan, and a stove handy, this snack beats every other snack on God’s green earth.
THERE YOU HAVE IT!
WHAT’S YOUR FAVE SNACK?