The 700-Calorie Snack

The 700-Calorie Snack

Hard-boiled egg and sea salt. A very simple (and cheap) snack.

Hard-boiled egg and sea salt. A very simple (and cheap) snack.

I have never, ever, eaten a hard-boiled egg by itself. It’s a behavior I’ve observed of others out of olfactory range in the work kitchen. Then, I joined CrossFit, and suddenly my body is sending desperate messages of protein deprivation. One day, there I was, standing in front of a lone hard-boiled egg. Somehow, it was delicious.

Have you ever passed out in a store because you forgot to eat lunch that day? Those are my circumstances and genetics, and as such, in responsible months, there’s a de-prioritized granola bar at the bottom of my purse getting smashed by the more used items on top. It’s a literal example of taking one for the team: if the stars align, one day it will become the Most Valuable Player. The hard-boiled egg was the telltale; it was time to ditch the granola bar and dust off an old “recipe” for a 500 calorie snack pack. This collection of ingredients thrown into a bag is filled with favorite backpacking snacks that serves me well in urban low-blood sugar life. It started as a 500 calorie concoction, and has since edged into 700-calorie territory. I’m looking at you, CrossFit.

Almonds, Beef Jerky, Chocolate, and Dried Apricots

The Goods

Five years ago, there was no term, (thanks, the Internet) but today, it fights off the hangry like a champ. And, all the ingredients can be purchased at Trader Joe’s, although this collection is not entirely from there. With it, I’m ready for any WOD.


The 700- calorie snack pack

Makes: One serving (But buying the packaged ingredients for it will make about four servings)

Note: Use the serving sizes recommended on the product labeling.

1 serving beef jerky (about 1 ounce)

1 serving chocolate candies (SunDrops or M&Ms, about 1.5 ounces)

1 serving unsulphured apricots (about 1.5 ounces)

2 servings raw almonds (about 3 ounces)

Mix all into a zip-top plastic bag and eat within the week.


Almonds, Chocolate Pieces, Dried Apricots, and Beef Jerky

And, there you go.

By the way, I’m not eating a Paleo diet. I’m just eating a whole bunch of what I’m craving right now.