Night shift sucks. Sometimes. A lot of the time.
We’re bored, we’re tired, we’re sick of cleaning up after day shift. The vending machine lights shine bright like a diamond in that darkly lit hallway. It’s 2am and you’ve eaten all the food you’ve brought, you’re grouchy and want to sleep so you’re pretty much out of options right?
I get it. Sometimes you just need a candy bar. But for the times when you want to stay awake and away from the vending machine, here are three great (healthy) snack ideas.
Greek Yogurt Parfait
Don’t feel like you have to eat boring yogurt. Remember dirt cups as a kid? The chocolate pudding, the crushed cookies, the random gummy worms. This is your adult version (I won’t tell if you decide to add gummy worms, promise.) Greek yogurt has almost twice as much protein as normal yogurt making it a great choice for keeping you awake and full all night. Add in dark chocolate for caffeine, berries for fiber and chia seeds to keep you full. Using a mason jar makes these portable and convenient to pack.
Easy Fruit Salad
Fructose excites the neurotransmitters responsible for keeping you awake in your brain. Eating fruit while on nights can help you perk up without the crash of sugar laden treats. Add in the fiber to keep you full and the citrus to also perk you up and this makes for a great snack. This should last several days.
2 Cups Watermelon
2 Cups Grapes
1 Cup Strawberries
1 Cup Apples
2–3 Tbsp honey
juice and zest of of 1 lime
Mix all ingredients in a bowl and stir gently to coat. The longer this sits, the juicer this will be. Make sure you pack it in a container with a tight lid!
Hard Boiled Eggs
Eggs are one of the best, complete foods we can eat. Plenty of balanced protein to fat ratio to keep us satisfied and full. Want perfectly peelable eggs every time? Here’s my not so secret method:
1. Bring eggs to room temperature. This is important, otherwise they will crack and make a mess in the pot.
2. Bring large pot of water to boil
3. Add eggs to boiling water, reduce to simmer for 13 minutes.
4. Immediately remove eggs and place in ice bath for 5 minutes.
5. Peel right away and enjoy or store in the fridge for up to 5 days. If you want to keep them in the shell and peel later, that also works!
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