Now that I'm counting calories I'm getting all food-obsessed. It comes with the territory. Benny says I should eat more. COOL!! Actually, yesterday I had a big bonk after swimming from being a pint low on fuel, so I ate some more energy bars and ended up at about 2100 kcal food intake for the day (2600 kcal is supposedly maintenance for me), and felt pretty good after I refueled from the bonk. I'm not going to count exercise calories burned off unless it's a huge workout day - that's just too crazy-making.
I like to always include some foods with a little extra protein and fat in the balance which keeps me feeling satisfied longer and maintains a steadier blood sugar. Here are a couple of easy choices that I enjoy. Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are always a good treat. I keep these Uncrustables in my freezer for occasional treats for my girls, but I'm going to start eating them myself. I'm thinking of Uncrustables for long rides or the bike special needs bag - pop them in your jersey, frozen in individually-wrapped packages, and they thaw quickly. Enjoy them as you go with zero prep time. 210 calories, 7 grams of protein, 9 grams fat.
Holly gave me one of these Nature Valley Sweet and Salty Nut bars after our swim clinic, and now I'm hooked. They are downright DELICIOUS! Plus widely available in most supermarkets, unlike some of the energy bars. 170 calories, 4 grams of protein, 9 grams fat. I haven't tried the almond version (3 grams protein) yet, only the peanut, but I'm already hooked on them! Not a ton of protein, but I like them much better than most of the high-carbohydrate bars out there.