Its 10a.m and you are a bit peckish, what does someone snack on that is vegan and gluten-free (vgf) and doesn't taste like cardboard? Can’t head over to McDonalds for an Egg McMuffin or go across the street and get a donut or bagel at Dunkin Donuts. Nope. What to eat?
When hunger strikes I find it’s not the time to think about what to eat, but to have necessary nutrition available ASAP. If I am not prepared that 360 calorie vanilla donut becomes an option (yes, its vgf) or that bag of chips looks tempting.
I’ve decided for the sake of my waist-line to have a list of items to choose and from that list, prepared and ready to be devoured. Here goes:
A spoonful of peanut butter
Half an avocado (I tend to eat the whole avocado)
Rice cakes with hummus, peanut butter or vegan cream cheese
Smoothies (I buy bags of frozen berries and keep a container of vegan protein powder around.)
One tsp. of chia seeds and a large glass of water will bloat the stomach and keep you full unless you choke on the chia seeds (they clump up) and drop dead; if that is the case you won’t have to worry about getting hungry again.
I make falafels (Nature’s Earthly Choice makes a vgf version) and keep them in the freezer for an emergency hunger session and that piled with hummus or salsa will satisfy you.
Frozen meals tend to be high in calories and salt, therefore use them sparingly.
Cut up fruit and veggies.
Bagel and vegan cream cheese or vegan cheese grilled (much like a beloved grilled cheese sandwich) is quite satisfying.
If all else fails and you can’t satisfy your hunger go and get on the scale and that should do it. Whenever that has become my option it works (sometimes), however I then get into the worst mood and destroy any self-control I have and eat the freakin vgf donut.
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