One of the reasons I got to nearly 450 pounds was because of how convenient it was to swing by a drive-thru window and pick up “food.” When I did cook, it was often something out of a box or bag that mated well with a pound of ground beef. Then, I’d eat the whole batch. I’ve learned the error of my ways, and I’m making better choices. I am still, however, a creature of convenience.
I work with young people attending academic summer programs when I’m not teaching, so there isn’t a lot of time to operate ovens, blenders, waffle irons, or even to clean shakers while wrangling campers. I’ve discovered the convenience of “the pouch.” By throwing a couple of meal replacements and a plastic fork into my “Go Bag,” which contains everything else I need in case of a camp emergency, it’s all I need to stay on track with my meal replacement program.
When I get ready to eat, I pull out my meal replacement, shake the powder down to one end, tear off the top half of the bag, add some water, mix it with a fork, and voila! Chocolate pudding! If you like to add Splenda or sugar-free instant pudding, sprinkle these in before you add the water. With this preparation, I don’t have to dirty my water bottle.