Eat, Read, Read: Sustenance for the Read-A-Thon
April 6, 2011 52 Comments
After I made a list of books to read for Saturday’s read-a-thon, it was time to turn my mind to food. Who better to ask for tips on good food than food blogger Kristin of Peace, Love and Muesli? Edited April 2012: New website: Homemade Frontier
My book blogging friends fall roughly in two categories: book reviewers (the majority) and food bloggers. Kristin is one of my favorite food bloggers. Her posts inspire me to eat healthy, live healthy, and try out some new recipes.
She kindly agreed to do a guest post, so here are her tips on what to eat during a read-a-thon.
Kristin’s guest post
There is nothing I like better than a book I can’t put down. A story so compelling that I have no choice but to keep turning pages while bedtime comes and goes, laundry piles up and my family starts scavenging crumbs.
I will admit that the last time that happened I was reading the Twilight series. Please don’t judge me too harshly.
You readers have an advantage, you know this power reading is coming. You have time to prepare supplies to keep you focused on the deliciousness that is turning pages. Not to mention keeping your families fed and happy and leaving you to your book.
I’m here to give you some tips on how to eat well during the read-a-thon to keep you fuelled and powering through your books. I have developed a 5 step plan to healthy read-a-thon eating. It’s very exclusive.
Step 1. Make a plan. Know what you are going to cook and prepare.
Step 2. Shop. Get everything you need in the house.
Step 3. Prep. Wash, cut, portion. Get the work done before the reading starts.
Step 4. Enlist help. Share plans and delegate tasks.
Step 5. Read. Eat as needed.
Now, what to add to that plan-
A great start way to start is with some batch cooking. Your favourite chili or stew recipes, make a big batch and reheat as needed. Crock pots are great for this. Visit http://crockpot365.blogspot.com for excellent healthy crock pot recipes.
Health up cookies and muffins by adding vegetables, fruit and fibre.
Roast a Chicken
If you have a lot of eaters, roast 2. Leftover chicken is great on a sandwich or on a salad. Or just on a plate with some salt and pepper and a side of carrot sticks.
Lots of fresh cut veggies are a healthy way to keep you from getting hungry while reading. Wash, cut and get them ready to grab from the fridge. Adding a salad to a quick meal will help you get your veggies in, mix up a homemade salad dressing before the reading starts.
Popcorn- go old school and pop it on the stove instead of in the microwave. Add oil to a pot with the corn and shake, shake, shake. You can do leg lifts while shaking to get some movement in. Season with salt.
Fruit- Don’t forget the fruit. Full of water and healthy goodness, great for snacking. Apples with nut butter, smoothies, melon slices.
Other ideas- hard boiled eggs, yogurt, nuts and seeds with dried fruit.
Homemade foods will help keep your reading stamina up. Premade dinners and snacks will slow you down, your eyes will close and your focus will drift. Stay focused and eat well.
Happy reading. And eating.
Edited April 2012: links are updated to Kirstin’s new website
There are some great tips here that I’m certain to try. I know my husband will take care of a simple dinner, but I need some good snacks to keep me going. Thank you so much for putting these suggestions together for us.
So, go ahead and have some really good food during the read-a-thon
Happy read-a-thon! And if you can’t participate this Saturday, please try and pop by some of the participants (me, for instance!) to cheer us on.