My first few weeks in Mexico were hectic. We would typically have 3 to 4 meetings a day, all on opposite sides of the city. This meant much time spent in taxis, and eating from the meagre selection of healthy foods available at mini-marts.
So what did I do? At the very first opportunity, I headed to Walmart. It was the best day ever. I spent around 3 hours there, dawdling through the aisles with a coffee, chucking pretty much everything in my trolley. At the time, I had a kitchen, but now I’m in a hotel, so snacks are what I go for.
Here is my typical supermarket snack list:
1. Cottage Cheese
I get several small pots instead of a large, because portion control. Over the weekend, I keep them in the coldest spot in my hotel room, before transferring to the work fridge on Monday.
2. Fage Greek Yogurt
Same as above. I get the plain ones, then add fruit or cinnamon if it’s available to me.
3. Fruit Chips and Nuts
These are a godsend. I found a brand called Fruta Sana that does mango, banana, apple and pineapple chips. Amazing for an afternoon pick me up!
4. Granola Bars
My favourites are from Nature Valley, and they get me pumped (both mentally and physically) for a run!
5. Porridge Oats
Might sound like a weird snack, but it’s good running fuel if you don’t overdo it.
6. Amaranth Bars
There’s a brand called Aires de Campo that I can get here. The bars are just puffed amaranth and agave syrup. 53 calories a bar!
Or other fresh fruit. Bananas remain my firm favourite, however, since you don’t have to worry about washing them, or eating them with less-than-clean hands.
8. Corn cakes
Like rice cakes, but with puffed corn. They taste just like popcorn and are an amazing alternative to crisps.
9. Carrot sticks
Ready prepared if you’re feeling lazy or don’t have a kitchen. Or both!
In a pinch, I would buy mini boxes of Kellog’s Corn Flakes if I couldn’t get any other carb options.
So there you go, my favourite noms.
Keep on omnomnomming,