Healthy Snacking on the Go

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I began a new job last month and between breakfast and lunch I have short breaks that are perfect for snacking, but are not long enough to eat a meal. Accordingly I have changed my eating schedule so that I eat breakfast as usual, eat a couple of snacks on breaks, eat meal 2 at 3pm and meal 3 in the evening. I do not snack between meal 2 and 3, but I may have a small snack in the evening sometime before bed.

I do not have a refrigerator, so after my first snack, I have to eat snacks that do not require low temps. Accordingly, I have found snacks that are healthy, some packaged and some not. I try to keep a mix of fruits, dried veggies and snack bars. Today I purchased these goodies for this weeks snacking:

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1. Fall fruit salad: The jars contain one fruit salad for each work day. This week I mixed fuji apples, green grapes, hot house cucumbers, pineapple, and tangerine’s in a honey and lime dressing.

2. Apple Sauce: I make sure to purchase unsweetened apple sauce, usually I also check the ingredients to make sure that I am only eating blended apples!

3. Kind Bars: These are my favorite kind of snack bars. They are filling, simple, fairly cheap, healthy, and tasty. I usually eat just half a bar on a 5 minute break.

4. Trader Joe’s Fuji Apple Slices: These are so very very divine! They are simply freeze dried slices of apple. They are not a bunch of preservatives, no sweeteners, just apple. They are a perfect way to satisfy the need for crunch.

5. Saffron Road Wasabi Crunch Chickpeas: I like to have some kind of baked or freeze dried veggie or bean as another crunchy satisfying option.

I always make a fruit salad and take a snack bar, all the other snacks change each time I go to the grocery store. I love to try out a new dried veggie, roasted veggie, or dried fruit. I always take a $20 bill to ensure I never spend more than that on snacks because I want to be sure to eat healthy without breaking the budget.

Half Marathon Recap | Running for the Bay 2014

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A couple of weeks ago I ran the Running for the Bay half marathon in Apalachicola, Fl.

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The race was very scenic for the most part and I really felt good about my preparation overall. Naturally, the video below goes into more detail concerning my experience:

Would I do the race again? Definitely not, but as a result I feel really good about my Marathon training. Next Up, Turkey Trot 5k!

Dinner Index

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The meal I ponder the most each week is dinner. I have no issues with breakfast, I eat pretty much the same thing a week at a time and never get tired of it. Lunch has its limitations due to the fact that I am at work and have very little time to eat, so I take things that are easy and very portable. Snacks are the same. That leaves dinner to wonder over.

I enjoy cooking, but not every night. Plus I eat dinner out every weekend as my SO and I enjoy doing so. This means that I just need to make two dinner options with left overs each week. I have been able to come up with several options that I enjoy. Regardless, I often struggle over what to purchase for dinner each week, so I decided to create my own dinner index.

Maybe something like this?

What is a dinner index? It is simply a list of meal options and recipes that I enjoy for dinner. I am currently keeping a running list in my planner, have recipes pinned, bookmarked or favorited on Youtube. My goal is 30 dinner options that I enjoy and will satisfy my random cravings, I am currently at 22.

I currently like this option best right now.

I have yet to decide how I will take these meals from various places and compile them in to one. I have a recipe book where I keep family recipes, so I could create a section within that, or some kind of laminated page for easy access.

I will update this project each month, so feel free to throw suggestions my way.