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Snack Meal

by Meghann on April 19, 2011

I have a complicated relationship with snacks.

You see, I love incorporating them in my daily routine (afternoon snacks are ‘da bomb‘), but I hate snacking away meals. If dinner is running late and I’m getting ‘hangry‘ one of my biggest pet peeves is being offered a snack to tide me over. Usually at that point I don’t want a snack, I want a meal.

I get pretty snippy when I’m hungry. Ask Derek.

However, that doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy a meal totally of snacks. I just prefer them as the meal, instead of before the meal. Otherwise I end up snacking away dinner and that ain’t cool.


Today’s lunch is just one of those meals of snacks. A little tasting plate of all my favorites.


The sweet stuff: Carrot Sticks + Apple Slices & Honey Peanut Butter


The salty: Green Beans, Pretzel Rods (forgot the mustard!), Swiss Cheese, and a left over Corn Muffin (which was more sweet than salty actually)


So many pretty colors!


After lunch I escaped to a new coffee shop to get some work done. While this place has a great working atmosphere, the ice coffee is horrible. Blah. Not sure I’ll be returning here anytime soon.

1 Chad April 19, 2011 at 2:31 pm

See now that’ show it’s done – good post.
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2 Katy (The Singing Runner) April 19, 2011 at 2:34 pm

Looks like a perfect lunch to me! 😉 All of your favorites!
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3 Freya April 19, 2011 at 2:34 pm

I actually love snack meals more than real meals – it’s nice to have so much to choose from! 🙂
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4 Miranda @ Working Mom Works Out April 19, 2011 at 2:37 pm

Cute. I like snack meals, too.

5 Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday April 19, 2011 at 2:37 pm

Maybe try something else at that coffee shop or ask them what their specialty is?

6 Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife April 19, 2011 at 2:38 pm

I love “snack meals” !! It is the best way to satisfy every craving. I do it often, actually 🙂 I also enjoy an afternoon snack, though–b/c I need me my snack if the husband works late!!

7 Stacey (Being Stacey) April 19, 2011 at 2:39 pm

I adore meals like this, especially for lunches as I love lots of different flavours on the plate. Somehow it makes it feel like I’m eating more – weird!

8 Jenny @ Fitness Health and Food April 19, 2011 at 2:41 pm

I love snack meals!

and although I do like to snack I totally agree with not wanting to snack too much before meals, totally ruins the enjoyment! Good luck with your work!

9 Hope April 19, 2011 at 2:42 pm

I love snack meals. I never end up doing this though. I really should. It satisfies every craving that you have 🙂
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10 Nikki T April 19, 2011 at 2:43 pm

Love your lunch!
When my sister and I were little my Dad used to make us lunches (or sometimes dinners!) like this…they were his specialty and he called them “A Plate of Stuff” 🙂

11 Morgan @ Life After Bagels April 19, 2011 at 2:44 pm

That was totally my lunch yesterday, but crackers instead of pretzels!
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12 Alysa (InspiredRD) April 19, 2011 at 2:45 pm

Snack meals are my favorite! Especially for lunch. It’s fun to have a little bit of a lot of things on one plate to nibble on 🙂
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13 Jordan April 19, 2011 at 2:55 pm

Snack meals are my FAVORITE. Seriously, I think I could just snack about 95% of my life.
And I totally feel ya about getting snippy when you’re hungry. My boyfriend jokes about the fact that he needs to make sure to bring snacks with us whenever we run errands or are out for the day. I keep protein bars in my glove compartment 🙂
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14 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat April 19, 2011 at 2:55 pm

Lovely snack plate!! I’m also a very snippy girl when I’m hungry, so I know what you mean! I love having a bunch of little things to choose from. And you’ve reminded me that it’s been FAR too long since I’ve eaten pretzel rods!
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15 Holly @ The Runny Egg April 19, 2011 at 2:57 pm

I’m with you — if I have a snack I usually end up spoiling my whole dinner, so why not eat a bunch of snacks as your meal? Sounds good to me.
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16 Lucy @ The Sweet Touch April 19, 2011 at 3:00 pm

I’m a snack-a-holic – this meal is perfect for me! Except mine would probably include potato chips and some kind of cookie if I’m being honest;)
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17 Ashley April 19, 2011 at 3:03 pm

I get really grumpy when I’m hungry. Whenever I’m angry at my boyfriend he always just asks ‘are you hungry of something’ that doesn’t help with the anger haha.
Lunch looks great! I’m loving the colors.

18 jenna{frombostonwithlove} April 19, 2011 at 3:22 pm

Looks like a whole meal to me 🙂 And now I am hungry for a corn muffin…
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19 linz April 19, 2011 at 3:22 pm

I love a good meal made o’ snacks!
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20 Tami April 19, 2011 at 3:26 pm

this is how i fed my kids most days…they call it s smorgasbord. they seem to eat better when i give them a little of everything, fruit, veggie, special snack, etc.

21 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey April 19, 2011 at 3:27 pm

I love snack plates – they are my favorite!
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22 katie April 19, 2011 at 3:34 pm

My favorite kind of meals are snack meals a lot of times! I like the different variety of options you can create!
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23 Jamie aka "Sometimes Healthy" Girl April 19, 2011 at 3:43 pm

My entire day is generally a meal of snacks 🙂 Such a snacker. If I had to blog every snack I ate, I’d be blogging every 10 minutes! Bad ice coffee is definitely a reason not to go back to a coffee shop!
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24 Biz April 19, 2011 at 4:16 pm

My daughter and I love plates like that! I have been so stressed at work, I have’t been by in probably a week – hope all is well! 😀

25 Aimee April 19, 2011 at 4:38 pm

looks yummy, but i would be STARVING like two hours later. does a snacky lunch like that satiate you? i need more protein in my meals.

26 Alaina April 19, 2011 at 4:40 pm

I love snack plates! I had a snack plate for lunch today. 🙂
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27 Kiran @ April 19, 2011 at 4:44 pm

Perfect lunch to me, with beautiful colors. I agree with you about snacking. I get carried away snacking if I am hungry for a meal.
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28 Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather April 19, 2011 at 4:51 pm

Snack meals are just plain fun to eat!

29 River April 19, 2011 at 4:52 pm

I usually do ‘snack’ meals in the weekend to use up the rest of the food in the house before grocery shopping!
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30 Amy April 19, 2011 at 4:57 pm

Those pretzels get me every time. Yum.
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31 Kate (What Kate is Cooking) April 19, 2011 at 5:44 pm

I love a lot of variety, so my meals almost always have several components 🙂
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32 Lisa (bakebikeblog) April 19, 2011 at 6:00 pm

I know what you mean – I dont like snacking my meals away – but if it is a snack plate FOR a meal …well I love that!
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33 Liz April 19, 2011 at 7:21 pm

Sometimes snack meals are great because I love the variety; but sometimes I feel so dissatisfied because it didn’t feel like an actual meal.
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34 Kaitlyn @ 7 Plates April 19, 2011 at 7:36 pm

Glad I’m not the only one who eats snacks for meals.. Looks delicious 🙂
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35 Mac April 19, 2011 at 9:01 pm

The coffee shop on campus where I work has awful iced coffee too! How do you have bad iced coffee?
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36 Cara April 20, 2011 at 7:13 am

I love snack plates! That looks like the perfect lunch for me!

37 Sarah K April 20, 2011 at 6:20 pm

I agree, about not eating snacks when you want a meal, it’s just not the same. But your lunch looks yummy
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38 Sarah April 20, 2011 at 8:53 pm

I usually make a snack plate when I cant make up my mind on what I want! They are necessary sometimes
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