“To be prepared is half the victory,” wrote Miguel de Cervantes (1447-1616), who is regarded as one of the world’s pre-eminent novelists. Baden Powell, founder of the Boy Scouts of America, also had a lot to say about being prepared.  It’s a great thing to remember in the realm of LIVING YOUNGER!  Can you identify with this problem?  It’s not, “if I get hungry;” it’s “when I get hungry!”  And when I get hungry, I could almost eat the wallpaper off the wall!  This is dangerous since we live in the land of plenty!  As part of my START SOMEWHERE RESET, I’ve decided to be more  intentional about being prepared with a satisfying snack handy.  The pre-planning has paid off.  In Friday Food For Thought, I’ll be sharing with you some of the positive changes in my life.  Here are some of my current favorite strategic snacks:

  • Apples:  I can wash an organic apple, wrap it in a paper towel and put it in my backpack.   The only risk here is forgetting about it and ending up with a backpack full of apple sauce!
  • Nuts:  There is a quart-sized fruit jar rolling around the floorboard of my car full of raw cashews and pecans.  I likely failed to include these on my food log everyday but it was great to have a handful of warm nuts on the way home from work.
  • Dark Chocolate:  If it’s at least 70 percent cacao, it doesn’t take much to be satisfying.  The key for me is to eat it slow and enjoy tasting it melt.  We keep it at the office for our end-of-day snack and four ounces usually does the trick! It’s best when combined with nut protein.
  • Kombucha:  What in the heck is kombucha?  Read my post from last week on this delicious, fizzy drink.  I’m a huge advocate of water but once in awhile my taste buds want something different and kombucha is an excellent probiotic-rich alternative.
  • Hard-boiled eggs:  We try to buy them at the local Farmer’s Market if possible!
  • Pre-washed, pre-cut veggies:  Not everyone has a bag of carrots and celery in their backpack, but it works for me.
  • Nut butter packets:  Artisana makes nice, individual packets.
  • Raw food protein bars:  Raw Revolution are my favorites
  • Wild salmon jerky:  Vital Choice and Patagonia both have tasty versions.

None of us do our best thinking or decision making with low blood sugar.  The easiest snacks to grab are typically the very worst things for blood glucose stability in the long run.  Sugary snacks make you feel good briefly by sending the blood sugar skyrocketing.  But remember, what goes up must come down. High blood sugar is the major cause of damage to the internal organs.  If sugary carbohydrates are not combined with protein, blood sugar can plummet, leaving you feeling more depleted than before.

Avoid a food emergency.  When blood sugar levels dropped, we are hardwired to eat anything and everything in sight. The tasty and good-for-you foods on the run typically require some planning.  START SOMEWHERE thinking about strategic snacks.  You can do it.  I will help you!

Strategic Snacks

Strategic Snacks