Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Snack Attack!

Everybody can agree that a tasty snack is one of the best ways to keep you going while the day is beating down on you. Unless you do meth, in which case, you're all set for the next three days. Come back to this page when your body recognizes hunger again.

The Non-Too Eggstravagant Sandwich
Dr. Johnny Bowden just published his monthly Question of Nutrition column over at T-Nation with some great nutrition tips and insights. One thing that caught my eye was the Post-Workout Egg Salad Sandwich on page 3 because it sounded like a great snack for mid-mornings on workout days (I workout at the crack o'dawn, 5 a.m.). So I decided to try it out, with mixed results.

On the plus side, the sandwich was very filling and of course, it had eggs. Being a self-proclaimed egghead, I'll eat almost anything with eggs on, in, around, or in the vicinity of almost any other food. 

On the negative side, well, there were many. One thing was that the eggs didn't really stay in between the slices, but rather all over the friggin' place. After spending about five minutes composing the sandwich on my desk, I ended up drinking about a gallon of water trying to put down the dry egg mix. Another downside was the lack of flavor. The biggest issue, though, was the fact that my entire office became infested with a not-so-splendid egg scent that would've made Pepe Le Pew proud.

Well, I just couldn't have this. I figured that I could improve upon this great snack idea. 

Egg Salad Sandwich, Transformed
Instead of producing a dry, bland, eggy mess, I decided to spice it up without any extra calories. Here's my work-in-progress version:

4 hard boiled eggs and 2 egg whites
1 chili from a can of Chipotle Chilis in Adobo Sauce 
Dash of salt
2 slices Ezekiel bread
Chopped cilantro

Step 1: in a blender, or better yet, a Magic Bullet, blend the egg whites, chile, cilantro and salt until well mixed.

Step 2: Using a potato masher, mash the boiled eggs into small pieces.

Step 3: Pour egg white mixture over eggs and mix well.

Step 4: Spray a non-stick pan with a bit of olive oil, set on medium low.

Step 5: Spoon the egg mixture onto the pan and form into a patty. Cook for a couple of minutes per side.

Step 6: Place in between slices bread and enjoy the much easier to eat, tastier, and definitely spicier, egg salad patty sandwich.


Now, the egg patty is not as delicious as it can potentially be, so I'll be working on this recipe until it's perfected. The great thing about this recipe is that you can add whatever spices your palate desires. You get to eat a healthy snack, close-talk to your coworkers with a mouthful of knock 'em dead egg breath, and then eat some more. 

It beats the snack choices of these clowns:

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