No writer I know can eat everything in sight and still keep up a girlish (boyish?) figure. Heck, it’s a rare day when I can find pants that fit, I’d hate to “grow” out of them. The sad fact is that writing is a sedentary profession by nature. That doesn’t mean we are condemned to an ever-expanding southern hemisphere. That said, sometimes things go better if we can snack. So here it goes, some great snacking ideas for while we are plugging away at the next bestseller.
The snack criteria are as follows: it can’t be crumbly, gooey, or terribly caloric. It can’t be able to get stuck in my keyboard either. I paid good money for my ergonomic beauty, I plan on it lasting for a long time. Having nutritional value is a perk. Here’s what I came up with:
- Seedless Grapes – sweet, small, and very clean, unless you drop one and then step on it.
- Apple slices – Yes, these might leave a little juice on your fingers, but not enough to get them disqualified.
- Dry Cereal – Terrific to munch on and a huge selection. They are enriched with all sorts of vitamins, minerals, and often a bit of fiber. Avoid the kind where you can see the sugar on the outside, they tend to leave fingers sticky.
- Dried Fruit – Raisins, apricots, cherries, and cranberries pack a lot of nutrition and flavor in little packages. They can be a bit caloric so be aware of portion sizes.
- Pretzels – Crunchy, salty, and surprisingly low in calories per serving. Avoid flavored varieties, they leave powder on the hands.
- String cheese – It’s not just for kids! Plus, it’s very therapeutic to pull it apart into tiny strands.
- Cheese cubes – For those with more refined taste, cut tiny cubes of your preferred hard cheese and use a toothpick.
- Dark chocolate chips – You can nibble on around 30 small chips for 100 calories. Think of the isoflavenoids!
- Veggie sticks – Branch out from carrot and celery sticks. Try yellow squash, bell pepper, sweet pepper, jicama, sweet potato, and baby tomatoes.
- Popcorn – Stick with air pop and you can have 3 cups for 100 calories. Sinless snacking with a fiber punch.
- Nuts and Seeds – Although these break the low-calorie rule, they are packed proteins and fiber. I have to include them. Plus, they are super yummy.
Just because these treats are healthy doesn’t mean you are allowed to eat with reckless abandon. Plan them into your overall diet as a great way to boost your count of fruits and veggies. There are times where you need to spend hours on end in front of the computer. Plan in advance to have some of these tasty treats on hand to keep you going without damaging your bottom line.
Happy Eating Writing!