The thing is, either there are so many people crowded around the food that I can’t get to it, or I end up talking so much that I don’t get to eat, or if I do, I end up eating foods that stay with me like a hangover the next day.
Rather than take the chance of going hungry, or of filling up on foods that aren’t my favorites, anyway, I started making a point of eating BEFORE a party.
This can be a challenge, if headed straight from work. What to do? Here are a few snacks that have worked for me.
- Frozen raspberry yogurt sundae. Grab a Glad or Ziploc container (about 1&3/4 cup large, or 14 oz.), add about 1/2 cup of frozen raspberries. Sprinkle with a spoonful of sugar. Add about a 1/2 cup of yogurt (any flavor). Sprinkle with muesli, crumbled walnuts or slivered almonds, and a handful of dried cranberries or raisins. Cover and take to work. The raspberries will thaw slowly during the day; I don’t bother to put mine in the fridge. If your office is particularly warm, you may want to refrigerate it, but I have never had any problems with it. Eat just before you head to the party.
- Almonds, apricots and chocolate. In a Ziploc bag, mix 1 cup of whole raw almonds, 1 cup of dried apricots, and 1 cup of wrapped Dove milk chocolates. Yes, chocolates. Combined with the almonds and apricots, the mix includes fast, medium and long-term energy. It will keep you going.
- Peanuts, raisins and M&Ms. Mix one cup of each, toss into a small plastic bag, and you’re set for work, the car, or a brief case. By creating your own mix, you bypass the additives that come with candy bars and processed foods. By carrying it in a Ziploc or your own container, the mix is likely to be better sealed than if store-bought. Both the almond and this mix last a couple of weeks, maybe longer.