Easy Meal and Snack Ideas for Low Energy Days

Easy Meal and Snack Ideas for Low Energy Days

Through the Fog

I’m a very simple eater. I don’t need fancy meals, and it doesn’t take much to fill me up. Most of my days are very low energy days, so I need meals and snacks that work for me. Granted, you and I probably have different tastes and may choose to eat differently, but I’m hopeful you can come away with some ideas that you may not have thought of:

Potential Healthy Snacks

String cheese and whole grain or gluten-free crackers
Sliced apples and almond butter
Greek yogurt with your fruit of choice, walnuts, and chia seeds
Fruit salad
A small handful of raw nuts, such as cashews, walnuts, almonds, pistachios
Homemade kale or zucchini chips
Homemade datenut balls
Smoothies
No-bake energy balls
Veggies and hummus

Potential Healthy Simple Meals

Avocado chicken wraps
Turkey taco lettuce wraps
Frozen organic meals like Amy’s
Toast topped with mashed avocado and a fried egg
Soups and stews made in the crockpot
BLT
Taco salad
Grilled cheese made with sliced cheddar cheese and thinly sliced green apples with a bit of mustard
Healthy cereal, like oatmeal, with berries of choice, almond milk, and pure maple syrup
Veggie burger or grass-fed burger on a whole grain or gluten-free bun
Eggs, English muffin, and fruit
Green protein smoothie
Wild salmon, baked or grilled with a salad
Any kind of stir fry
Anything cooked in a crockpot

It’s also good to make foods that you can freeze, then just thaw one out, heat it up, and enjoy. When we make cookies, I wrap them in twos and freeze them. Then if I have a sweet craving, I just take them out of the freezer.

I do my best to eat clean, and organic when possible. If you eat meat, grass-feed beef, wild fish, and free-range chickens are best. If you eat gluten free, thrive.com has great prices and a wide variety to choose from. If you are vegetarian or vegan, be sure to get some kind of protein with every meal.

I keep protein bars, fresh fruit, unsweetened apple sauce, Greek yogurt, raw almonds and walnuts, string cheese, and whole grain crackers on hand to just quickly grab. It’s all about doing what’s easiest and most convenient for you and your family.

I used to love to cook! Now I can’t stand up long enough or have enough energy to cook the way I used to. I really do miss it. I would love to get your input on snack and meal ideas that work for you.

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10 comments

  1. PAMELA BERGMANN-KNEBEL says:

    Thank you Robin again, for the great ideas on easy meals and snacks. I struggle a lot to find a way to eat healthy but keep it simple. I am keeping your list on my refriderator.

  2. Sha'ula says:

    Robin: I have nothing to add. Luckily have husband who enjoys cooking, but I help when I can. I have gone vegan since it has cured my IBS. Do alot of smoothies and pea protein powder mix and tons of nuts and seeds along w B vitamins and iron. I eat small amounts of red meat sometimes and goat cheese. Green leafy veggies and can eat beans now, before going vegan beans killed my gut. Now, eat them without fear or pain. Reading up on foods without lectins. Lots of dark berries.

  3. Mary Carrazza says:

    Hi Robin.
    Like you -I tend towards easy to prepare meals – can be hummus & rice crackers; peanut butter filled celery sticks & raw carrot or a toasted cheese sandwich(sour dough). But then the weather chills & I crave something hot. My “go to” is pasta. As a vegetarian – I have half a dozen favourites: veg ravioli & pumpkin sauce or if I’m struggling – thin spaghetti with mixed italian herbs & olive oil, lots of parmesan cheese, sea salt & black pepper.
    But you know there are times when your body craves “greens”. So a quick stir fry: celery, broccolini, baby bok choy & chinese broccoli, baby spinach & green part of spring onions only and ginger. No nightshades (chilli, capsicims etc) garlic or onion. Add hand full chopped parsley/ coriander/basil – depending on taste. Add a veg stock & a cup boiling water…..warms the body top to toe. Can be eaten as a “soup” or with rice/noodles. Next day add tomatoes to left overs to boost flavour.
    This can be frozen & thawed when the body wants something hot steamy & green.

  4. Debbie says:

    At times I have really really bad IBS. I am unable to eat any veges except Avo. At my brother’s suggestion, I made chicken soup and cooked all the veges in with the chicken. I started by “eating” just the chicken.. the veges had leached into the meat. I Then progressed to small amounts of broth with the chicken.. I am now able to eat the soup completely.

    I also eat salad that has no leavy greens…. tomatoe, mushrooms, carrots, stawberrys, avo, home made lentil sprouts …. all cut very small. Every now and again I will add a little raw spinach or broccoli.
    As a dressing I mix balsamic and conola oil with a little xylitol, as I am prediabetic.

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