August 21st, 2009 Jamie
As I was rummaging through our surprisingly full fridge today trying to think of what to eat my brain kept coming back to cereal. I can’t tell you how many bowls of Waffle Crisp I downed during my freshman year (but my roommate probably could…) but I know it was probably 75% more than it should have been. Well, okay, I am no longer a freshman, so why am I still thinking of cereal as a viable lunch (or dinner) option?
If you’re still finding yourself craving Coco Puffs at two in the afternoon, here are a couple ideas for beefing up your “fast food” options the healthy way.
Wrap it Up
I kept reading about wraps, but I wasn’t convinced until I gave them a try–now I’m an honest convert from sandwiches and bagels. In fact, I eat a wrap almost every day. Not only are they cheap and easy to make, they are also perfect to eat one-handed while you’re driving to work, texting your bff, or whatever.
How: Grab a whole wheat tortilla (you can get them in several sizes) and pile on your toppings of choice. Wrap it up burrito style: fold the top and bottom over your filling, then roll from one side to the other. Nice and neat and ready to eat!
- Caesar Wrap: Lettuce, chicken, Caesar dressing
- Apple Wrap: Apple slices, shredded cheese, chicken
- Thanksgiving Wrap: Cream cheese, cranberries, turkey
- Fruit Salad: Cream cheese, peaches, strawberries
- Leftovers from last night (ground hamburger, fajita stuff, salad, whatever you want)
Slice and Dice
One of my New Year’s resolutions this year was to eat less sugar–I cut back to just one dessert per day, which with my chocoholic ways was pretty tricky! One of the easiest ways to beat those mid-afternoon sugar cravings is to have other (healthier) stuff on hand and ready to go. For example, I buy carrots and celery to snack on and cut them all up and bag them on the weekend so they’re ready to grab and go during the week.
- Baby carrots (+ dressing)
- Celery (+ peanut butter)
- Trail mix (raisins, nuts, maybe a little chocolate!)
- Granola/granola bar (+ yogurt)
- Pita bread (+ hummus or a fruity salsa)
Plus, did you know that having sugar in the afternoon can actually make you feel more tired? The initial kick of eating a sweet will give you energy for a while, but afterwards your body will experience a sugar crash, making you crave even more. So opt for something flavorful but healthy so you can get your studying done and get on with your life.
photo by lhunt
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