If you’re like most writers, you tend to eat while you’re writing. For me, the two go hand-in-hand.
Unfortunately, the foods writers typically snack on won’t help them sustain their energy. And if you have a long writing session planned, that could wreck havoc on it.
How many times have you sat down to write, snacked on some chips or candy, and then 30 minutes later you quit writing because you needed to take a nap?
Here are 9 energizing snacks that will help you sustain your writing energy:
Made with dark leafy green veggies and lots of yummy fruit, these smoothies are full of vitamins, minerals and fiber, which will keep you full and focused for a long writing session.
Writing Session Smoothie
- 2 handfuls of baby spinach (or your favorite dark leafy green), torn into pieces
- 1 cup of chopped peach slices, frozen
- 1/2 cup of blueberries, frozen
- rice milk, milk or soymilk, enough to cover half of the ingredients in the blender
- 2 tablespoons of honey or agave nectar (optional)
In a blender add the torn pieces of spinach, then add the peaches and blueberries. Pour in the rice milk/milk/soymilk, making sure to cover only half of the ingredients. Add the honey or agave nectar. Blend until smooth.
You can use any combination of fruits that you love and you can also try it with different greens.
Trailmix is a great snack because it includes a variety of different foods in one. A mix of nuts, dried fruit and seeds, this salty-sweet mix will give you energy to keep your fingers moving on the keyboard.
- 1/2 cup of cashews, whole or halved
- 1/2 cup of almonds, whole or chopped
- 1/2 cup of dried cranberries
- 1/2 cup of dark chocolate chips (or choose your favorite kind)
- 1/2 cup of sunflower seed kernels
Add all ingredients to a bowl and mix together. Serve in 1/2 cup size portions.
More Energizing Snacks
No recipe required for these energizing snacks:
- Raw veggies with hummus–Chop up your favorite veggies and eat with hummus dip
- A tablespoon of cashew butter (or other nut butter), stuffed into celery slices and topped with raisins
- Air-popped popcorn sprinkled with your favorite seasonings, such as salt and pepper, garlic seasoning or lime salt
- Edamame and a piece of fresh fruit
- 1 apple, sliced, with 1 ounce of cheese and a handful of nuts
- Hard-boiled egg and a piece of fresh fruit
- Spicy baked chickpeas (recipe from Claire Robinson of 5 Ingredient Fix)
Be sure to drink lots of water during your writing sessions, too. Dehydration will cause you to feel lethargic, which could make you want to stop writing.
What do you snack on during your writing sessions to keep your energy up?
Today’s Challenge: Instead of your usual writing session snack, try one of the nine snacks listed in this post. Compare your energy after eating the snack to the energy you have after your typical snack. Trial and error are the best way to discover which snacks will help you sustain your energy the best.
About the Author: Jennifer Blanchard is the founder of Procrastinating Writers, a blog that offers guidance for writers who struggle to get started. She is co-founder of the Better Writing Habits challenge.
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