Many people have scoffed at my Vegetarian diet under the incorrect assumption that I don’t get enough protein. This is simply not true! In fact, I get more than enough. But lately I’ve been on a quest to find the perfect plant-based protein to snack on while I write. I love carrots and hummus, but it’s a snack I always need a napkin for – and at least the full use of one whole hand. Hummus is not conducive to snacking while writing at my desk. I need a better snack. Something that is easy to pop into my mouth (don’t take this somewhere dirty…stay with me now) and what I keep coming back to over and over again as the perfect snack to fill me with energy (and antioxidants, vitamins and minerals galore) is nuts!
If you like the salted kind, be careful and be sure to read the serving size guidelines. Some salted peanuts could contain almost 200 mg of sodium in each serving. Yikes! I prefer nuts in their raw stage (again, stay with me here, I know we are talking about nuts, but you CAN do this). In fact, read the serving size guidelines for any kind of nut, since they are naturally high in fat and calories. Yes, they are the ‘good fat’ kind of snack but a serving size is less than a handful – not an entire bag or can!
Although this article from everydayhealth.com is a bit older, it breaks down a quick bio of nuts like the antioxidant-rich walnut, the brainpower-boosting cashew, and the heart-healthy macadamia. I’ve always known that nuts in moderation are great for you but now I really want to find the perfect little bowl to fill with the perfect nutty mixture to leave beside my laptop for when I’m writing and need not only that extra calorie brain-boost to help keep me awake and focused, but a snack that won’t drip or crumble around my work area. It’s not that I’m a messy eater, I mean, I am a woman so my cleavage occasionally catches some stragglers but if you’ve ever sat at the computer for more than two hours at a time struggling to write on an empty stomach, you know how something like a mess-free snack can make your writing experience so much better.
If you’ve made it this far without giggling each time you read the word ‘nuts’ – give yourself a well-deserved pat on the back. If not, that’s okay…I giggled a bit myself.
So anyway, back on point! Perhaps you could consider nuts as a healthy and relatively ‘clean’ writing snack the next time you make a trip to the grocery store! If you have a nut allergy – well, I suggest the hummus. But with napkins, lots of them.