To non bloggers, this is a glimpse into a blogger’s work day. To other bloggers, this is actually a cry for help.
Now that I’m a full time stay at home dad, it’s quite difficult to get anything, especially writing, done. As parents everywhere know, kids don’t like it when you don’t pay attention to them. Baby RB40 will let me respond to emails, catch up on other blogs, reply to comments, and do a few administrative tasks for about 30 minutes. We do this by splitting the laptop screen. He watches the Muppets sing while I work on the other half of the screen. This is not ideal because he is always crowding me by hanging onto my arms and climbing on the coffee table, but it’s the only way I can work at all when he’s awake.
I get the bulk of my blogging done when he’s in bed. I talked to other parent bloggers and most of them get things done very early in the morning or late at night. I envy those bloggers who can function on 5 hours of sleep. I need at least 7 hours of sleep or else I’d turn into a zombie. This mean I go to bed between midnight or 1am and get up at 6:30am. I also get about an hour nap in the afternoon to make it 7 hours.
The Peril of Midnight Blogging
Yes, it’s the attack of the midnight munchies. We usually have dinner around 6pm and if I stay up until midnight, that dinner would be long gone. Over the last few weeks, I’ve had ramen noodles, hot dog, breakfast burrito, pita chips and hummus, and other junk food. At least I made my own midnight snack and didn’t go out to a fast food restaurant, like the one that advertises “the fourthmeal.” Obviously this is not a healthy proposition and I need to find other healthy alternatives.
Midnight bloggers, I need your help
I can’t be alone in this dilemma. I assume most bloggers work late at night too. How do you deal with your midnight craving? I also have another requirement. I have high triglycerides and should avoid as much carbohydrates as possible. Those ramen noodles are probably the last thing I should snack on.
Here is what I came up with so far
- Bananas. This one should be easy because we almost always have some bananas on hand for baby RB40.
- Other fruits such as apples
- Carrot sticks and hummus
- Mrs. RB40 suggested celery sticks and peanut butter, but I don’t like celery sticks. Peanut butter probably isn’t the best midnight snack either because it’s pretty high in saturated fat.
Readers’ suggestions (Thank you!)
- Natural popcorn no butter
- Drink more water
- Healthy cereal and milk
- Beef jerky
- Quinoa Salad
- Greek Yogurt with fruit topping
- Crunchy vegetables like celery and cucumbers
- Sugar free Jello
- Shake with frozen berries, protein powder, and yogurt
- Wake up at 5am and go to bed at 9:30pm
- Trail mix
- Banana chips and other freeze dried fruit from Trader Joe’s
It doesn’t help when Mrs. RB40 comes into the kitchen and snacks as I’m typing this. She’s having some baguette and spinach hummus. Anyway, I would love some suggestions on healthy midnight snacks. What do you do when you have the midnight munchies?