Friday Tip!

Dear Constant Reader,

Happy Friday! Before I get to the tip, I just wanted to mention that I’ll be making a rare appearance *on stage* at The Teaseday Club on June 3rd! Please note that it’s at The Uniun (11 Sanborn Court in Union Square, Somerville) this month. Besides me, you’ll also see reigning Cookie Queen Brigitte Bisoux, Victoria Van Layer, Michele Mortensen, and B.A.B.E. students performing the routine from Brigitte’s advanced class. You know who to buy your ticket for…

Here’s your tip!

Pack healthy snacks.

Whether you’re on the road or backstage, it’s a good idea to have some nibbles that are good for you to stave off crankiness and bad food decisions. Some of my favorites are:

  • Bite-size veggies, like baby carrots, celery sticks, grape tomatoes, snow peas
  • Hummus or raita to go with the veggies
  • Little cheeses, like low-fat Bonbel or Laughing Cow
  • Nuts and dried fruit
  • Herbed popcorn
  • When we tour, I pack up a cooler with some of these goodies and some cold beverages. I learned my lesson when we were trapped in terrible traffic for hours on the way to Asbury Park with only a bag of carrot sticks I had put together at the last minute.

    Here’s a snack that’s easy to put together and very portable. I’m not ashamed to say I got it from Martha Stewart.

    1 cup raw walnuts
    1 cup raw almonds
    2/3 cup dried blueberries
    3/4 cup dark chocolate bits

    Toast the nuts in a single layer on a baking sheet at 350F. Start with 3-5 minutes and keep checking them after that, so they don’t burn. Stir them or shake the pan occasionally. They should start to smell nutty when they’re ready. Trust me, toasting the nuts makes all the difference. Let them cool. I like to brush off as much of the thin skin on the walnuts at this point, to reduce bitterness.

    If you’re using a bar of chocolate, chop it up now into pieces about the size of a standard chocolate chip. When the nuts are cool, dump everything in a bowl and mix it all up.

    Then get a 1/4-cup measuring cup and some snack-sized baggies and portion out the nut mix. A quarter of a cup is about 200 calories (4 grams of protein and 10 grams unsaturated fat) and this recipe makes about 12 servings. By pre-bagging it you have perfect portion control and a grab & go snack you can easily toss in your dance bag.

    You could change the nuts and dried fruits around, but you’ll probably want to check that it doesn’t change the nutritional values too much.


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