As I’ve discussed occasionally in this blog, I try to eat healthily if I can. This can be really tricky considering that I am constantly hungry. I don’t eat a whole lot in one sitting, but throughout the day I probably have at least ten sittings. I’ve learned that my body needs to be constantly refueled. In addition to having a persistent hunger, I also love food. Because I know that there is nothing that can be done about the snacking, I’ve had to train myself into snacking on the right things. Today I made myself two healthy snacks to keep around for the next few days, so that when a snack attack comes along, I know that I’ve got something prepared that I won’t feel guilty about later.
First, I ran out to the Martin’s in Carytown. I only had a ten spot so I bought some slivered almonds, ground turkey, and fresh spinach. When I got back, I rummaged around deep into the freezer until I found a bag of frozen shelled edamame. I love edamame. It’s full of protein and fiber and is an excellent addition to salads. I cooked the edamame (I did it in the microwave but stovetop would probably be better). When it was ready I mixed in a bunch of slivered almonds, sesame seeds, and soy sauce. I ate a bunch of it right away and put the rest of it in the fridge to chill. It was deliciously fresh and crunchy and I even felt full when I was done. It also totally satiated the constant salt tooth I have.
I can definitely see myself waking up at three in the morning to hog out on this.
With the ground turkey and spinach I bought, I made a kind of taco salad with taco seasoning mix and a can of black beans. I browned the turkey in a skillet and then drained it. After it was dry, I added 2/3 cup of water and the taco mix. As the water came to a boil and the liquid thickened into a sauce, I added the drained and rinsed black beans and shredded spinach. I cooked it until the beans heated thoroughly and the spinach wilted. I’ve actually made this a bunch of times before. Usually I’ll buy some whole wheat tortillas or blue corn chips and will make myself mini turkey tacos. Occasionally I’ll also buy romaine and mix it all up with a little salsa. It’s also satisfying all by itself. The combo of the protein of the turkey and the fiber of the beans and the spinach also gives you what you need to build muscle and speed up your metabolism.