The 700-Calorie 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.
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.
By the way, I’m not eating a Paleo diet. I’m just eating a whole bunch of what I’m craving right now.