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If you know me then you know two things about me…
- If I do not sleep, I am not a person you want to be around.
- If I do not eat a snack at 3 or 4, I am not a person you want to be around.
Snacks are a very important part of my life. They make me a good person. They help me make it through the day and through my life. If I ever run for president, I’m running on a very pro-snacks platform.
All too often though, I find myself reaching for what’s easy and near instead of what will actually nourish me. So in the spirit of coming up with a new go-to snack that is both unique and good for me, I put together this Autumn Glory Power Snack Plate.
You might be wondering why it’s called an Autumn Glory snack plate, and that is because it uses and features Autumn Glory apples! They are sweet with hints of cinnamon and caramel. They’re good to just eat with some nut butter or on their own, but when you marinate them in some olive oil, lemon juice and sea salt and then sauté them so the outside is soft and the inside still has crunch – they’re pure magic.
It might sound strange to pair a sweet apple with savory flavors, but I promise when you take your first bite it will all make sense. The acidity of the lemon juice, the robust flavor of olive oil and the saltiness paired with the sweet, crisp Autumn Glory apple is a flavor explosion. Samin Nostrat would be proud.
What else is on this snack plate, you ask?
- avocado (duh, healthy fats)
- mixed nuts (almonds, walnuts, brazil nuts – get those Omega 3s)
- radishes (crunch! vegetables! health!)
- 7 minute egg (make ahead of time or right before the apples, your call)
- feta cheese (cheese.is.life.)
- pesto sauce (yum)
- toasted naan bread (’cause carbs)
- Autumn Glory apples (fiber and vitamin C!!!)
You can meal prep this snack at the beginning of the week by making a batch of 7 minute eggs and sautéing a few apples according to the recipe below. Then when it’s snack time you just throw this all in a bowl together and eat up! No need to get hangry ever again. xo
Autumn Glory Power Snack Plate
This Autumn Glory Power Snack Plate is a unique, savory snack dish that is packed with healthy fats and protein to keep you satisfied when you need it most!
- 1 Organic Autumn Glory Apple
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 pinch flaky sea salt
- 1 large egg
- 2 radishes, halved
- 1/2 avocado, pitted and peeled
- 2 tbsp feta cheese
- 1 tbsp pesto sauce
- 1 small handful mixed nuts (I used almonds, walnuts, and brazil nuts)
- 1/2 naan bread, sliced into triangles
Peel your Autumn Glory Apple and cut it into wedges, discarding the core.
Add apple slices to a bowl with olive oil, lemon juice, and a pinch of flaky sea salt. Toss until well coated and set aside for 5 minutes.
Meanwhile, bring a pot of water to a boil, with just enough water to cover an egg. Once boiling add your large egg and boil for 7 minutes. After 7 minutes, transfer egg to an ice bath until ready to serve.
Once apple has marinated for at least 5 minutes, heat a pan over medium heat. Add apple and liquids to the pan. Let cook on each side until the outside is slightly browned, but the inside is still slightly crunchy. (This should take about 5-7 minutes.)
When the apple is ready, transfer to a plate and set aside while you toast your naan triangles. Use the same pan you used for your apples to toast your naan, flipping once. You just want it to be warm and slightly browned.
Now you're ready to assemble! Add halved avocado to plate, and top with feta cheese and pesto sauce. Serve with cooked apples, radish halves, mixed nuts, 7 minute egg, and toasted naan.
I was asked recently if I get lonely working from home. The answer, in short, is yes. Of course I do.
The long answer is that I’ve spent many years perfecting and crafting a work-from-home life that feels fulfilling and productive. Even still, there are days at a time where I don’t speak to anyone but my phone. That can be brutal. It can be maddening.
So over time I’ve developed a routine that works for me, created habits that foster a healthy work life. Since today is all about power snacks, that I assume a lot of us will be eating at our desks, I thought I’d share some tips for a healthy work-from-home-life. In case that desk you are working from happens to be in your apartment or house.
How to Stay Sane while Working from Home
- Wake up everyday at the same time. Routine is key. Consistency is key.
- Know when you are most productive and utilize those hours. My window is from 8-3. I try to get almost all of my work done during that time. If I have to work until 5 or even 7, I’m not doing anything of value anymore and I know that. So I structure my work schedule to accommodate for that.
- Leave your house. I usually get out to go workout, but if that’s not your thing just walk around the block or go to a coffee shop. I’ve been inside my house for 48 hours without realizing it before, and that will make you a crazy person.
- Talk to strangers. Call a friend. Talk to anyone. And messaging people on Instagram doesn’t count. Try to have at least one *real* conversation a day. I’m pretty introverted so the strangers thing is hard for me, but it always helps when I do it. I feel more human.
- Make your bed in the morning. Working from home doesn’t mean laying in bed all day. Report to work. Make your bed a thing you do at nighttime. Keep that sacred. It will help your mind and body make clear distinctions between work and home.
- Set limits on your phone for social media. If you are like me then you can use your phone and social media as a way of distracting from work. And for some of us that is made even more difficult, because sometimes it IS work. So set a limit for how long you’ll let yourself do that per day. iPhone’s have a setting that you can set app limits, so pick a number that feels healthy to you and stick to it.
- Take a real lunch break. Don’t eat in front of your computer. Give yourself an actual break like people in an actual office do. Your brain can’t handle more than 45 minutes of deep concentration at a time anyway, so it will thank you for the mental rest.
- Allow yourself to stop working. Even if it’s at 3 or 4 pm. Whatever it is, just allow yourself to call it quits for the day. If you don’t you’ll carry an awful amount of low grade anxiety for what you “should” be doing. Allow yourself to get off the clock. It’s important.