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Sunday, November 8, 2009
Healthy snacks for the whole week
It takes just a few minutes to make a week's worth of my great tasting, healthy snacks.
1. Cut oneorange or red bell pepper into strips--lay the pepper on its side and slice off the top and bottom; stand it upright, remove the rib and seeds, then slice lengthwise into strips; 2. Open a package of ready-to-eat sugar snap peas; 3. Core and slice one or two large apples, preferably organic--my favorite is honey crisp; 4. Divide the pepper strips and sugar snaps into five even amounts and put each into a zip-lock bag; in five separate baggies, divide up your apple slices. Refrigerate and remove one at a time, as needed.
I separate the apples from the veggies because apples tend to hasten ripening in other fruits and veggies, and after a few days my veggies might not be at their best if in with the apples.
You could substitute grapes for the apples, if you like, and save on baggies. A more eco-friendly way to consume these snacks would be to put the whole bunch into a Tupperware in the fridge, then remove just a day's worth into a smaller vessel to take it with you. But I find the baggies so convenient, it's hard to give them up.
You can take each day's snacks in a briefcase, purse, gym bag or backpack and have fewer reasons to hit the vending machines for unhealthy (sugary, fat-laden, sodium- heavy) alternatives. And you've gotten a couple of fruit/veggie servings in without even trying.
My day job is college professor -- of mass communication and journalism, at the University of Cincinnati. I've probably got a few more years to go, and it's a good gig. Love to travel, cook, dine out, and work out.