A Photographers Wedding Day Food Guide: Easy on-the-go Snacks

Easy on-the-go-snacks | Between the Pine Wedding and Elopement Photography

A Photographers Wedding Day Food Guide: Easy on-the-go Snacks  

Raise your hand if you find yourself on a wedding day with two granola bars and one bottle of water as your on-the-go snacks. Hours pass then you suddenly realize it’s been 8 hours and you haven’t stopped to eat or drink a single thing. Anyone?! I have totally been there and truthfully, this isn’t sustainable to go one wedding to another with only granola bars, the vendor meal, and a slice of cake if you’re lucky. So fear not! I have a few tips and tricks to keep you energized throughout a full wedding day.

For those of you who don’t know, my background is in nutrition. Prior being a wedding and elopement photographer, my title was registered dietitian. So before we dive in, I am going to break down a few nutrition basics to help you best create your own wedding day on-the-go snacks.

The Macronutrients to make on-the-go snacks

There are three macronutrients in the world: carbohydrates, protein, and fat. Each one of them plays an important roll in keeping you full and focused (Frosted Mini-Wheats commercial anyone?).

Carbohydrates- Carbs are your bodies front line of energy. What do I mean by this? Your body runs off of glucose, and carbohydrates are sugars (which includes glucose!). So no wonder we want that slice of cake at the end of the night! Your body sees the sugar and thinks, “YASSS ENERGY!”. Also it is important to note that when paired with fiber, carbohydrates will be digested slower which keeps you full longer.

Simple Carbohydrates = NO fiber

Complex Carbohydrates = WITH fiber

Protein- Protein is the building block for your body. Protein is made of amino acids, which are complex, so your body oftentimes will use these last when looking for energy. Protein helps build those strong muscle from holding your camera with a flash on it.

Fat- Fat is the most calorie packed per gram of all three of the macronutrients and this is not a bad thing! Fat helps store energy, and keep you going throughout the reception dance party.

So now that you have the basics of what makes up the macronutrients, let’s dive into how carbs, protein, and fat can be paired together for the perfect on-the-go snacks. When these three macronutrients are paired together, your body will commonly stay full for 2.5-3 hours. Why? Because when all three macronutrients are present, this slows down how fast your body can digest the food, which in turn keeps you full longer.

Have you ever heard the saying you should eat 5-6 small meals per day? Well, if you break up your day into 2.5-3 hour increments, you will be eating 5-6 times per day. Crazy, right?!

Okay hold up- before we go any further you may be thinking, “Oh, sorry Mollie I am not eating carbs so this won’t work for me.” And if this is you (and it’s okay if it is you!), I challenge you to change that phrase to “I am not eating simple carbohydrates, only complex carbohydrates.” Because if you ate no carbs, that would mean you’re not eating any fruits or vegetables (these are complex carbs) and your body would be really sad it was not gettings its vitamins and minerals it needs and the dietitian would be sad, too.

Now we understand the macronutrients, why we need all three, and how they keep us full. So let’s get to the good stuff- easy on-the-go snacks for a wedding day! Below are ideas of on-the-go snacks for you to try out! I have linked brands that I recommend as well for convenience. Feel free to mix and match them as you please. The major thing to keep in mind is, does my snack have a carbohydrate, protein, and fat? If the answer is yes, then you are well on your way to a healthier you for wedding days!

Note that some foods have both protein and fats, such as mixed nuts, cheese, and nut butters. Bonus!

Apple, raw almonds, beef jerky

Plant based? Try this meatless beef jerky!

Trail mix, cheese stick

RX Bar, mixed nuts

Pretzels, hummus, carrots

Protein and Greens Smoothie, mixed nuts  

**If you are nutrition label geek like me, notice that there are no added sugars, meaning these are naturally occurring sugars of fruits and vegetables.

Protein balls, sliced apples

If you use this recipe for energy bites, try adding this protein powder to give them a boost!

Protein muffins with a nut of your choice added (pecans would be yummy!)

Grapes, cheese, trail mix

My favorite Green Machine Smoothie (The recipe is below and yes, it has all three macronutrients!)

Worried about your smoothie stay cold? I use this + a few ice cubes to keep my smoothie cold all day long

Just one last thing- You now have the knowledge and tools to choose healthy on-the-go snacks for a wedding day, but there is just one thing missing. The action step of actually doing this. Here are a few tips to making sure you follow through on healthy snack choices when photographing a wedding.

  • Prep and pack your on-the-go snacks the night before

  • Set reminders in your phone for every 2.5 hours during the wedding day

  • Give yourself a five minute break to eat your snack. After all, by law you should be taking a break ;)

Looking for more simple and easy recipes? Check out a few recipes I have created here!

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