Friday, August 5, 2011

Cliff Lunches

A common struggle for the rock climber is unique food to fuel your day.  My bag often contains combinations of trail mix of various concoctions, a Clif-bar, sandwich and cheese with crackers.  Other items I regularly see pulled out of backpacks are tuna (stinky...esp if drained in dirt at the crag...don't do that!), other fish in a bag like salmon, fish in a can like sardines, fruit (apples, bananas, pears oh my) and last night's leftovers.

Most lunch and snack items are high in protein and low in carbs and fats.  My options do not always follow the prescription of the emaciated hardmen at the crag.  I go for taste and variety whenever possible to the expense of losing my buttery exterior layer.

With the cupboard relatively bare, my last lunch needed a slight spark; the standard peanut butter and jelly would not suffice.  As I stood over the counter staring at two blank bread slices of my muse struck like a sledgehammer to the thumb.  Lunch would be a special treat today.  Starting with two slices of whole wheat bread, I reached for the Nutella and carved a thin schmear on each slice.  Now for the secret ingredient: chocolate M&Ms.  A small handful of the M's were strategically placed to ensure at least one chocolaty crunch per delectable bite.

The resulting Olympic Gold Medal worthy sandwich was highly tasty and satisfying even if it lacked basic nutrition outside of the essential sugars.  Next time I may try adding peanut butter, pretzels (added just before eating to maintain the salty crunch) and possibly craisins--even replace the M&M's with a rich dark chocolate (68 to 85% cocoa).  Raising the nutritional punch of the dessert lunch still remains elusive but I am the man for the job!

Any suggestions for sandwich improvements or unique cliff lunch options?

(On a side note, google 'staring'.  The first result made me laugh.)

Follow-up:

Nutella, peanut butter and pretzels produce a far superior sandwich to Nutella and M&M's.

1 comment:

Steve M said...

Laughing delivers a benefit, of course, but the video on the SERP claims an actual health benefit, and is absolutely worth exploration and personal validation (for ~50% of your readers).