Afternoons can be difficult during the week if you’re like me. I very rarely go straight home after work, so if I start feeling a hint of hunger before 5 pm, I know I’m in trouble. I might get a drink with friends, have to go grocery shopping, run errands, or work late. Those are always the times that I reach for whatever is handy. And in my office, what’s handy is the vending machine. There aren’t many healthy options, so I need to bring my own.
Tomorrow I’m bringing a larger than normal lunch bag to work. In there you will find:
- Chunks of marble jack cheese. Why chunks of cheese instead of cheese sticks? It’s cheaper. 🙂 Cheese is a great snack because the protein keeps me full.
- Vegetables and hummus. I included carrots, cucumber strips, celery, and grape tomatoes. You could also use sweet pepper strips, broccoli, cauliflower, or really any other crisp veggies.
- Celery, raisins, and peanut butter. The celery plays double-duty for this and the previous entry. Because sometimes you need a little bit of sweetness. And a bit of nostalgia. Ants on a log, anyone?
- Almonds or other nuts. I chuckled at people who claimed to munch on these when they get the nibbles, but a very small handful is filling!
- Dried fruit. I have raisins and dried apricots in one bag. These can be snacked on alone or added to oats for a really filling mini-meal.
- An apple. Another example of something playing double duty. Combine this with the peanut butter above, and you have another snack full of childhood nostalgia.
- Oats. As mentioned above, this can be a very simple but filling meal. You can mix a little bit of brown sugar and spices right in with the oats so it’s ready to pop in the microwave. This is something I keep at the office.
- Siggi’s yogurt. Or another good-quality yogurt. I used to buy cheaper yogurt like Yoplait. A friend at work introduced me to Siggi’s, and there was no going back. It’s so much better, and the texture is so dreamy that it satisfies my sweet tooth.
These are just what I’m bringing this week. It probably seems like a lot to carry, but it’s not that bad. Some of it will keep for a while, so I’ll leave a small container of oats at work, a container of almonds, etc. I cut up enough vegetables for the entire week of snacks and will take sandwich bags of them as I need it.
Here are some other ideas for your healthy work snacks:
- Homemade granola bars. Store bought bars can be very full of sugar and hidden ingredients. You’re better off making your own so you know what you’re consuming.
- Cottage cheese. I personally love this with raisins, pineapple, and walnuts. People think I’m nuts (ha!) until they try it.
- Dark chocolate. This isn’t the most filling snack, but when you need chocolate, you need chocolate. And dark chocolate has a lot of health benefits…in moderation.
- Bananas or other fruit.
- Boiled eggs.
- Low-sodium jerky.
- Homemade popcorn.
- Tuna or egg salad with healthy crackers.
- Roasted chickpeas.
- Deli meat and cheese rollups.
What are your favorite snacks to have on-hand at work?