When I got home from work last night around 10pm I made my Strawberry Chobani and Kopali Dark Chocolate Covered Banana yogurt cup in hopes that it would give me some motivation to complete my 10 page Political Philosophy paper. It was a tedious paper that I have been putting off due to lack of motivation/interest. This is not very characteristic of me, but I have taken a similar class to this before and the thought of reading Hobbes, Rousseau and Marx AGAIN is painful. 10pm quickly became 12am, and I finally felt pressured to crack down. I am by no means a night owl, so after a solid hour of paper writing I decided my back hurt from sitting in my stiff desk chair and I needed to lay in bed for “just a minute”. Well, I ended up falling asleep with all my lights on, in a very uncomfortable position and woke up around 3:30am stressed out because I still had a long way to go. I moved back to the chair-of-pain, blurry eyed and groggy. I NEEDED to crank this paper out but my mind was wandering. I decided I could either: a) push through the paper now or b) go back to bed and finish it in the later hours of the morning. I don’t like feeling rushed so I decided to give my best effort at 3:30am so that I wouldn’t be writing non-sense at the last possible minute.
I gave up caffeinated beverages for Lent, so coffee was out of the question. To keep myself focused I needed a snack…at 4am. I wanted something easy to eat that I could pick at, and something…peanut butter. I remembered that I still had a Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Bar from Amazing Grass and that sounded SO good to me at the time.Yes, I did take a picture of this at 4am. I’m such a good food blogger! I LOVE THIS BAR! It was peanutty and chocolaty and so much more! I liked this one a lot more than the GREEN SuperFood Chocolate Whole Food Energy Bar. It was satisfying and delicious with whole pieces of peanuts and a mouth watering dark chocolate coating. More importantly though, it helped me bang out about 6 solid pages of my paper. Oh the wonders of food! Still sleep deprived, I fell asleep from about 6am-8:30am (yea, yea…just remember I NEVER do this!) and woke up with a weird feeling in my stomach. I’m not much of a late night snacker, and at 270 calories and 12g of protein this wasn’t really what I would consider a light late night snack. I couldn’t stomach the idea of my usual big bowl of yogurt/oats so I opted to keep it simple with an apple and a smoothie. My smoothie was created with a little inspiration from HEAB: 2 handfuls (~2 cups) baby spinach, 1 serving of coconut water, 2 inch slice of an English Cucumber, 1 frozen banana, 1 scoop of Chocolate Amazing Meal and 4 ice cubes.
It was actually not too bad! I have never tried Coconut water before. I initially thought it had a rather delightful and unique taste, but after sipping it for a while the flavor was a little bit too much for me. The cucumber was refreshing, and I loved that I could taste the cacao from the Amazing Meal. I liked the Chocolate Amazing Meal more than the Chocolate SuperFood I tried in the past. Adding spinach to a smoothie may not seem traditional but it has a very mild and clean flavor to it. Plus you are getting your daily dose of greens and iron!! The real flavor come from whatever you choose to add to the mix. My only regret was not adding frozen berries, and maybe substituting almond milk for the coconut water. It was a very clean breakfast, and left me energized for my day (despite my lack of sleep!).
In case you were wondering, I did finish my paper! I also had time to revise and edit. I have to say…not too shabby (Don’t worry Mom and Dad, senioritis hasn’t consumed me completely!).
Keeping My Eyes Open,
What foods do you turn to when you are in a late night crunch?