Christina Koch, NASA Astronaut, ate Chocolate and Nuts While in Space

Christina Koch is a unique and superior woman. She has gone a long way where other women have never reached. Recently, Christina stayed in space for 328 days orbiting the Earth. This is the most extended space mission a woman has ever finished. Almost the whole of 2019, Christina stayed and worked in the International Space Station. She is also one of the two ladies who went on the first all-female spacewalk.

In her historic space mission, Christina snacked organized pre-portioned meals to enable her to have enough calories. While you are in space, your appetite is being suppressed by the microgravity, making you feel away even before consuming enough calories. This was one of the major challenges facing Christina.

Speaking to Women’s Health, Christina said that she loves rock climbing, surfing, running, and yoga when on Earth. She added that they exercise daily to prevent muscle and bone loss while in the space station and maintain cardiovascular health. Christina said together with her crewmates; they used to practice both strength training and cardio exercises on a daily basis.

Here are what Christina’s meals for 328 days while she was in space:

Breakfast

Christina said they used to take a protein or energy bar for morning meals. These included Pro Bar, Clif Bar, Lara Bar, Clif Builder Bar, Kind Bar, and Go Macro Bar. Christina says this was accompanied by coffee, usually in a pouch. She added that all beverages are in packets and they drink using a straw. In the International Space Station, every astronaut requests his/her preferred drink.

Snacks

In space, astronauts are served with plenty of snacks by NASA. The snacks include nuts and dried fruits to eat whenever they feel hungry. Christina said that she was eating unsalted almonds, macadamia nuts, and cashews. She noted that these snacks were helping them to hit the daily calories requirements. Christina says that the main difference between space and Earth is that in space, the food floats in your stomach instead of going down to the bottom.

Lunch

Christina said that they depended on ready-to-eat meals called MREs. She added that most of the food was dehydrated and pre-packaged. Christina also said that they had a lot of vegetables, chicken, pasta, beef, rice, tortillas, potatoes, and shrimp.

Dinner

Christina said that for dinner, she took some packets and pouches for a mix-and-match meal. She mostly preferred hot rehydrated dishes, chicken or rice. Christina noted that packed food wasn’t much pleasing to eat, but she said that she enjoyed it because of its diversity.

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