Oct 19, 2009

vegan mofo: snack time

I snack a lot throughout the day. I have to or I'll freak out. Hunger turns me into the Hulk. I need to keep my blood sugar even and my metabolism going otherwise...RAWR!!!!

Here's what I've been snacking on lately:

1. Tea and Toast

When I'm feeling sluggish or tired, tea and toast is my go to. I have a pretty big assortment of teas to fit any mood. My afternoon tea is usually something green like Jasmine. I drink mostly decaf, but the energy green tea gives me is pretty balanced. I'll make a little pot (or french press, rather) of tea and half a piece of toast with peanut butter. That usually gets me going.

2. Apples

My husband lost 40+ lbs by balancing his meals, minimizing his portions, taking daily walks and eating 2 - 3 carrots a day. Ask him what the most important factor of his weight loss was and he'll say it was the carrots. One between breakfast and lunch and another between lunch and dinner to keep his metabolism up. He's lost his weight, but he still eats two carrots a day. What does this have to do with apples?

I don't need to lose weight, but I like the idea of a high metabolism and not gaining 5lbs every time I eat french fries. I don't like carrots so I went for apples. I snack on apples a lot, but I'm not as vigorous with them as he is with his carrots. The problem is that there was a time in my life where I was eating 3-4 apples a day. After, like, a year of that I got kind of sick of apples. Still, I like them more than any other crunchy fruit and they do the job. If you're feeling stuck in your weight loss, may I suggest carrots or apples?

3. Trader Joe's Seaweed Sesame Rice Balls

Oh my dear God, these things are heavenly. They taste like Funyuns only so much better! I ate half a bag the first time I got them and I could have kept going. I had to stop myself because I knew I would want more later. Get them and let Trader Joe's know that they can NEVER EVER EVER discontinue them. Ever.

4. Daiya Not Cheez Its

I've got to stop buying Daiya Cheez. These crackers are always calling my name. At first I wondered if it was a waste to use Daiya in crackers. It's not exactly cheap, y'know? But after making the Not Cheez Its I feel like it's a waste to use it for anything else.

5. Garlic Teriyaki Noodles

Noodles don't sound like the smartest choice for a snack, but these are so easy. They're great when you're lazy or drunk. And they're perfect late at night. The recipe is only for 1oz of pasta so it's just a small little snack.

Garlic Teriyaki Noodles
  • 1 oz dry udon noodles
  • 1 - 2 tsps olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 tsp. teriyaki sauce (I don't measure, but if you must.)
1. Boil the pasta for 4 minutes. Drain and set aside.
2. In a skillet over medium low heat, heat up the olive oil. Once hot, add the garlic. You're sweating the garlic, not sauteeing. Let sweat for about 2-3 minutes. Until the garlic gets a little golden.
3. Turn the heat up to medium and add the noodles and toss around in the garlicky oil. Let them cook for about 3 minutes, tossing often.
4. Add the teriyaki sauce and toss to coat the noodles. Let them cook for about 2 more minutes. Serve!

Yay eating!