Now, don't get me wrong about this, I'm not complaining. I love to eat. I thoroughly enjoy eating and I tend to eat more than the average bear, but it can be a challenge to keep on top of my hunger when I am ramping up miles. This leads to situations where I might not make the best snacking choices.
My all important snack drawer at work.I faced this problem last year with 50k training: how to stay fueled with healthy options at work when increasing mileage. To add to the challenge, because of the nature of my job, there are frequently long periods of time where I am very active at work, but in an area I can't eat (#MicrobiologistProblems), so I focus on having good quality, long lasting options available. I've come up with a few staples that I keep around my desk to help me prepare for my afternoon run and limit my love for break room sweets.
Apparently having beer at work is frowned upon, so I've stopped doing that. (This was a big yuck by the way and I normally LOVE Harpoon. I made the Jayhawk drink all of it.)
PickyBars: An old favorite. I'm sure you've all experienced the goodness that is a picky bar and if you haven't, go pick one up. With a 4:1 carb:protein ratio and made from real foods, they are a go to when I need some tummy filling energy to get me through the day. They are made with the athlete in mind (woot) and are the best tasting bar I've found. I really have no tolerance for the fake, meal replacing kind and I won't eat them, but Picky bars work well for me. They are a little more expensive, but well worth it. The only downside is that all varieties contain nuts (the Jayhawk is allergic), so I keep my stash at work but that also means I don't have to share.
The name says it all.4. Fruit: On weekdays, I work out after work. That means timing my fueling during the day so that I still have some energy for a post-work/pre-dinner work-out. It's taken a lot of trial and error to figure out that timing, but one thing I've found to work really well, is having a snack of fresh fruit about an hour before I start running. I try to make sure to pack some grapes, melon, an orange, or a peach (I do live in the land of Peaches after all) in my lunch everyday. Not only does it give me a little natural sugar boost before my run, but it also helps hydrate me for those 80+ days (which appear to have returned).
What's your go to snack at work? Do you get more hungry when training?