There’s no such thing as “on a schedule” in my line of work, so there’s no such thing as “regular meals.” I could be on the beach for a photo shoot at 5 in the morning or on set filming a scene at 2 a.m., with no opportunity for a real meal. It’s been this way for a long time, and if I have my choice, it’ll be this way for a long time to come.
Which is exactly how I became the Queen of Snacks.
If I had it my way, I would snack all day, every day. I really do feel like my body functions better when I eat 6 small meals a day (which seriously distresses my overly caring husband). I also find that I need snacks most in the afternoon. Even on the days I skip breakfast, once 1 o’clock rolls around, it’s snack time. So, in addition to remembering my lines or my steps, I have to remember to bring food or make sure the venue I’m working at provides some. Otherwise, my brain and body just give up.
So here are some of my favorite quick, healthy and energy-packed snacks (I can hear my stomach rumbling already)!
Babybel Gouda – Not only are these delicious, but because they’re individually wrapped, they’re SO convenient, too.
Kombucha – This fermented tea drink is kind of an acquired taste, but I love it. Not only does it give me a much-needed shot of caffeine, its probiotics and enzymes keep my digestive system in working order.
Hardboiled Eggs – I may not be a master chef, but I can perfectly boil eggs. I like to cut them up and put them in a container with some salt and pepper for a great protein-packed snack.
Berries – I like all berries. Blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, give me all the berries. They’re great as is, or mixed with some Greek yoghurt for a little extra protein.
Dried Fruit – This is a great snack in moderation. Because the water has been removed, all of the sugars have been concentrated. So, like, a half a cup of fresh cranberries contains about 2g of sugar while a half a cup of dried cranberries contains 37g, or about 9 teaspoons, of sugar! I love dried mangoes, but I try to limit myself to a handful because I can (and have) eaten a whole package in one sitting. Whoops!
Smoothies – As far as I’m concerned, anything goes when it comes to smoothies. I try to include both fruits (watermelon, apple, peach, pear, grapefruit, banana) and veggies (kale, spinach, cucumber, carrot, beets). Sometimes I’ll throw in some protein powder to give it a little more punch, and add some almond milk or coconut water for a little extra, well, smoothness. Such an amazing snack.
Tuna/Salmon – Packed with protein and omega 3 fats, this is the perfect, easy-to-open snack. They come in a variety of flavors and can be spooned onto a cracker or piece of sourdough bread. Pro Tip: If you don’t usually travel with a toothbrush, you probably should after this snack. 😉
Avocado Toast – Avocado is an amazing source of the good fats your brain needs anyway, but put it on a slice of sourdough, add some sliced eggs and seasoning and you’ve got a fast, filling snack.
Quick Salad – This is ridiculously easy and packed with the stuff your body needs. Just cut up tomatoes, cucumbers, a red onion and dill, then drizzle it with flaxseed oil and some salt and pepper to taste. Replace the flaxseed oil with sour cream for a delicious creamy version.
Photo Credit: Shane Russeck