How to plan healthy meals and snacks for nights where I take classes?
May 10, 2011 9:34 PM Subscribe
I am taking some classes and getting out of the house a few days a week. Yay for trying to fix my social life, but what am I going to do about dinner? Special diet and situational details inside.
posted by JoannaC to food & drink (11 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I am finally making good on my goal to kickstart my social life a little and have signed up for two classes: a one-hour martial arts class and a 3-hour French literature class. I am excited about both of these classes, but each of them is presenting some challenges as far as my eating plans go, and I would like some suggestions on working out a good plan.
1) I am on both a diet (to lose about ten pounds) and a spending diet (to pay off my student loan, which is nearly paid off) so I would prefer not to be going to restaurants three days a week
2) I am a creature of habit and used to eating early. But I do not eat enough or the right things on class nights, I am worried I will succumb to snacking after the class is done.
3) I can't eat corn, flax, tree nuts, dairy or wheat due to allergies, so the 'get a Subway sandwich' thing won't work for me. Also, I prefer to eat vegetarian, although I am not super-strict. So, suggestions for the below scenarios that take these issues into account will be welcome.
Problem A: the martial arts class is from 6:30 to 7:30. If I eat a regular dinner first, I am worried that will be too much food before an intense workout. But I am used to eating early, so I think I cannot wait until 7:30 to eat dinner. I would be starving! So, do I have a smaller dinner (if so, what?) and then a snack afterward? Or do I have a snack first (if so, what?) and then have dinner after?
Problem B: The French class is from 6-9. Assuming I go there straight from work, I will not have time to go home and eat first, and if I do, I will be eating so early that I will find it hard to avoid snacking later (and thereby derail my weight loss efforts). However, I am also assuming that there will be a short break partway through the class since it is so long. So I need two suggestions here: first, something that I can bring with me to eat beforehand or buy for under $4-5 en route (perhaps sushi rolls from the health food store?) that is not a 'full dinner' necessarily but will tide me over until the snack break and second, a suitable snack for the snack break that will satisfy me given the light dinner-ish choice and will also not, when taken in combination with said light dinner, put me way over an acceptable (400-500) calorie limit for 'dinner.'
So...after that novel...suggestions from the hive mind? :)