Snacks: Smoked Salmon and Cream Cheese

Is there a better combo? I doubt it. In my previous post I mentioned my well-intentioned aunt  gave a thoughtful but in-a-way-missed-the-mark gift….my guess it was a case of sibling rivalry. You see my other aunt (her sister) lives on an island off of Seattle, and has her own boat, and a boyfriend that loves fishing as much as she does. So the two of them catch huge amounts of wild salmon. For christmas last year during our gift exchange my aunt sent me 50 pounds….50 pounds of fresh, wild caught salmon, boned and filleted, along with a few packages of salmon she had smoked at her house. best christmas gift ever. So, I don’t  really recommend having this snack at work, as the smell might be off-putting to co-workers. But if you are struggling to find a quick snack that will satisfy your hunger without breaking into a carb-induced coma. Try a bit of smoked salmon, cream cheese and substitute your cracker/bagel for a fresh cucumber. (I sprinkled a little dill on top of mine)

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Snacks

We had left-over Coq Au Vin for dinner, so I have no new recipes. But I can tell you what my go-to snack is.

 

I am a teacher, which generally means I eat and pee on a bell schedule. I need to be up, dressed, functioning and at school before 7 am. I am not a morning person, and no matter how hard I try to rewire the system I just can’t seem to manage. Ever since I was in high school I get a twinge of morning sickness (maybe PCOS related?) so I generally shy away from breakfast. So my mornings look like a mad rush and a quickly made espresso shoved into a travel mug.

When I finally do get a chance to eat something there are usually at least 3 or 4 students in my room…ALWAYS. So I never have a chance during the day to sit down to a proper meal. But stuffed in my desk drawer is my pre-made snack bag, and I manage to munch on that whenever I get a chance. Nuts have been shown to actually help with PCOS and they are high in protein so they made the perfect snack for that satiated feeling.

Mrs. Clemmerbottom’s Snack Attack:

1 cup raw almonds

1 cup raw walnuts

1 cup raw pecans

2 cups roasted and salted pumpkin seeds (the green ones)

1 cup sunflower seeds

1/2 cup peanuts or cashews

1 package of Craisins or raisins,

1 package of dried apples or dried cherries.

So I just put them all into a big ziplock bag and have it ready at all times.

Occasionally I will have the foresight to bring something to eat, or if I squeeze my way between the giant hulks of teenage lunch-eaters I can find a salad. But most of the time I can’t be bothered and this at least can get me through the majority of my day.