Post # 1
I’m trying to eat healthier…not counting calories but just overall paying attention to what I eat. I’m trying to eat more whole grains and protein and less processed food with a lot of refined sugar/carbs.
I want to keep a few snacks in my desk for those times when I get a craving to nosh on something so I don’t go to the dining hall at snacktime and eat animal crackers with the students, haha. So what can I get that’s healthy, filling, and tastes good? While I’d love to have a bag of almonds around for such an occasion, we aren’t supposed to have nuts due to allergy concerns. Dried fruit is good, but I’d also like something with less sugar. I don’t like granola bars in general, and I find a lot of them are very processed and high in carbs/sugar.
I tried searching for good ideas and came across an article that suggested things like canned sardines or vegetable juice. Ummm…no. So I turn to you, real people who know that it is not a good idea to eat sardines at your desk, what works to curb your snack cravings at work?
Post # 2
LibrarianBride: I have pumpkin seeds, apples, packets of oatmeal, KIND bars (but many of those have nuts/almonds so you might be out of luck there), and hard-boiled eggs (I keep those in the fridge obviously) on hand as snacks. I also buy those boxes of chicken broth from TJs and drink them around lunch with my salad to feel even more full… not sure if that would work for you – you just pop it in a cup and microwave for a couple minutes. Oh, and on some days, I have watermelon bits in a take-out container – it’s water-heavy (forget the technical name for it) so it keeps you feeling full for a fruit.
Post # 3
If you don’t like granola bars, try loose granola. Make sure you read the labels to avoid brands with excess sugar.
Post # 4
LibrarianBride: darn nut allergies! I love almonds, best work snack ever!
Bananas are awesome, you could also try carrot / celery / capsicum sticks with some hummus. A small tub of Greek yoghurt perhaps wouldn’t go astray from a protein perspective.
Post # 5
I keep almonds or pistachios and protein shakes at work.
Post # 6
I bring a little bag of dried edamame with me most days. High in protein and very tasty! I’m not sure if you have access to a fridge or not but I also like to bring carrots and hummus to dip them in. You could even bring a lunch box with an ice pack and that could keep it cool. I also bring organic oatmeal (no sugar added) that I make with almond milk, but that only works if you have access to a microwave!
Post # 7
Thanks for the ideas! I should have mentioned no fridge/microwave.
missoptimism: I do love regular granola but I’d definitely have to find one that’s low in sugar because that’s something I could totally overdo it on!
happyhealthy87: Ohh, I’ll have to try dried edamame. Sounds delish!
Post # 8
cottage cheese (I like mine with chopped strawberries, peaches or blueberries.. I doy own chopping but I’ve seen premixed individual servings), Greek yogurt, cheese sticks, carrots/celery/brocolli and hummus. Almond butter, raw foods meal replacer, fruits.
Post # 9
Oops, no fridge does complicates things. Lara bars are a less processed, but so contain high amounts of fruit sugars and well nuts. Dang I would have a hard time in your situation!
Post # 10
I’m not a super health nut, but the snacks I do keep at work are healthier than my normal diet, my office actually purchases the snacks for us [money wise], but we get to pick them out. This is what we keep stocked [I know the nuts you won’t be able to use] :
– honey wheat pretzels
– granola bars
– cottage cheese singles w/ fruit
– individual packages of grapes, celery, apples & carrots
– trail mix [we prefer the tropical kind]
– unsalted cashews
– a big container of mixed nuts
– soft pretzel bites
Post # 11
- Wedding: July 2014 - The Meeting House/DoubleTree by Hilton
I normally keep fruits (apple with PB, banana, grapes), hard boiled eggs, frozen veggies, raw veggies with ranch/sour cream dip, and cheese sticks around but I don’t think any of those would work for you. Lately I’ve been eating rice cakes (the lightly salted kind that has three ingredients) – they are 35 calories and keep me full for a while, but they aren’t the most delicious snack. I also make kale chips and bring them in.
Post # 12
- Wedding: September 2014 - SPRING VALLEY COUNTRY CLUB
I normally soend sundays meal preping for the week. Here’s what i have for snacks today
Carrots and Hummus
Sliced cucumbers with lite dressing
I put 5 days worth of breakfat, lunch, and snacks in a drawer in my fridge, every morning, i just grab a bundle and go. 🙂
Post # 13
- Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA
Apples, string cheese, veggies, hummus, sunflower seeds, frozen steamed broccoli (in the freezer – I add it into whatever leftovers I brought for lunch)
Post # 14
Oh just saw no fridge! I generally don’t keep snacks because I have zero self control when it comes to that. I have literally eaten an entire box of Cheez Its at my desk in less than 2 days!
I occasionally keep peanut butter on hand and just eat a spoonful if I feel hungry. Also, I drink a lot of green tea now when I think I want food. Most of the time I find I am just bored, not necessarily hungry, and that helps me have something other than water
Post # 15
LibrarianBride: It is definitely a lot harder without access to those things! I used to be a teacher as well and like I said, I would bring a lunch box with an ice pack or two in it and it would keep my carrots and hummus cool. I’m vegan so I don’t eat any yogurt or cheese or anything like that but the lunch box would keep those things cool too if you were interested 🙂