ask the nutritionist: office snacks

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I don’t know about you, but I work in an office and even though I generally pack snacks…sometimes I eat them by 1:30 :( So when 3:30 rolls around, I’m starving and I have 2 options – vending machine or heading to the store. FYI: I never choose to just not eat a snack…doesn’t happen in my world.

After a less than stellar lunch (ate part and then tossed), string cheese for a replacement that was bad and a drawer of 3 Lara Bars and tea I knew I needed some new office snacks. I set out to the store immediately because a) I was starving and b)I needed a break from work after a stressful morning. I went up and down every aisle (of just your regular old grocery store – I do what I can in the burbs) in search of  a snack that fits the following criteria: natural, decent source of protein and fiber, low in sugar and satisfying enough to keep me out of the vending machine.

– Instant Oatmeal – while I hate the added sugar, convenience is key here and I had been wanting to try the Simple Harvest line (I thought it was rather average, probably wouldn’t buy again)

– Annie’s Mac – this was total impulse, not sure what prompted this but it definitely brought back memories of Saturday nights as a kid, home alone with my Brother watching Walker Texas Ranger and being scared out of my mind

– Luna & Cliff Bars – love Lara but sometimes I need chocolate something that tastes a little more like dessert ;)

– Tuna – while this will be made at home it is a great addition to a soup and salad lunch

– Hummus – I heart it. That is all I have to say.

What snacks do you bring to work or have on a regular basis?

Comments

  1. Anna says

    I’m with the Taster, what the heck Emily?! :) Well I will not be shy about hitting up the vending machine for skittles, yes, skittles. But I have been known to keep nuts and crackers in my desk. Sometimes even an apple.

  2. Anna says

    I’m with the Taster, what the heck Emily?! :) Well I will not be shy about hitting up the vending machine for skittles, yes, skittles. But I have been known to keep nuts and crackers in my desk. Sometimes even an apple.

  3. says

    ahhhh love the snack stash! i have had to do that recently too…otherwise to the vending machines i go. right now, i have almonds and dried fruit stashed away…and its the perfect combo to eat together!

  4. says

    ahhhh love the snack stash! i have had to do that recently too…otherwise to the vending machines i go. right now, i have almonds and dried fruit stashed away…and its the perfect combo to eat together!

  5. says

    I didnt realize that Annie’s is now making microwavable mac & cheese. That is dangerous- I must get my hands on some. I love all of these items as well- your descriptions are great.
    And just an idea (cuz I love this combo), you can mix a can of tuna with some mac & cheese and have a hearty, filling, and balanced lunch!

  6. says

    I didnt realize that Annie’s is now making microwavable mac & cheese. That is dangerous- I must get my hands on some. I love all of these items as well- your descriptions are great.
    And just an idea (cuz I love this combo), you can mix a can of tuna with some mac & cheese and have a hearty, filling, and balanced lunch!

  7. says

    I really need to stock my office with healthy snacks. I love Odwalla bars and lately I’ve been drinking tea while at work.

    btw…I listed the ingredients of the pumpkin martini after your response on my blog. Hope you enjoy!

  8. says

    I really need to stock my office with healthy snacks. I love Odwalla bars and lately I’ve been drinking tea while at work.

    btw…I listed the ingredients of the pumpkin martini after your response on my blog. Hope you enjoy!

  9. says

    I am so the same way with snacks… mine tend to be gone by 2pm more often than not :/ And no snack before going home after that = cranky girl haha! Great job on the healthy stash… I need to plan ahead more and keep some fun things at my desk too :)

  10. says

    I am so the same way with snacks… mine tend to be gone by 2pm more often than not :/ And no snack before going home after that = cranky girl haha! Great job on the healthy stash… I need to plan ahead more and keep some fun things at my desk too :)

  11. says

    Good snack criteria. I usually eat my own weight in hummus, so I understand the need to have it off-hand.

    For work snacks, I’m all about Kashi’s “Go Lean! Crunch” bars, fresh fruit, mixed nuts.

  12. says

    Good snack criteria. I usually eat my own weight in hummus, so I understand the need to have it off-hand.

    For work snacks, I’m all about Kashi’s “Go Lean! Crunch” bars, fresh fruit, mixed nuts.

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