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Need ideas for snacking at work, tell me your faves!

I need ideas for snacks to bring to work to sustain me between meals. Any ideas are appreciated, both healthy and not!


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  1. my current low-fat-high-fiber favorites are hummus with baby carrots, and celery with light cream cheese. also, a handful of almonds can really keep you full.

    1. - yogurt w/granola
      - edamame
      - grapes
      - cherry tomatoes

      1. I keep dried fruit in a desk drawer for food emergencies.

        1. Fruit and nut bars
          a thermos of soup
          saltines and cheese or peanut butter
          fresh fruit (an apple or an orange - not bananas for me because I hate smelling them all day in the office)
          cottage cheese (if you have fridge access)
          Trail mix
          Pop Tarts (someone is going to flay me for that one)

          Don't know how much you want to cook/prepare for snacks, but if you want to do some prep the night before:

          Tortilla pinwheels (spread flour tortillas with cream cheese, layer with turkey and lettuce and salsa and roll up and slice crosswise)
          Quick breads (like cranberry or banana bread) spread with cream cheese and made into small "tea sandwiches"
          Mini pizzas - cook them the night before and eat them at room temperature, or just cook a regular size pizza and cut it into small snack-size pieces for the rest of the week

          1. Sahale Snacks makes great healthy "gourmet" snack mixes. They are available at Target for about $5 for a 5oz bag. Delicious. http://sahalesnacks.com/index.asp

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            1. re: AndrewCIrving

              Dang! I can't believe I haven't seen those in Target. They look good!

              1. re: AndrewCIrving

                Those look phenomenal! Will have to check Target out in my area!

              2. Instant miso/spinach soup--just add hot water, 35 calories, can be made in a coffee mug.
                Roasted unsalted almonds, by the handful.
                The occasional pop tart from the vending machine down the hall (hey,they're fortified w/vitamins!)

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                1. re: Hungry Celeste

                  See? I'm sayin'!

                  Pop Tarts are great boat food.

                  1. re: Andiereid

                    Not on my boat! Hubig's fried pies (a local pie brand) are boat food to me. I only eat Pop Tarts at the office in a pinch...$0.85 from the machine, cheap hot n fast. Though I sometimes substitute Hubig's when the machine is well-stocked.

                    1. re: Hungry Celeste

                      We only keep them around on the boat for folks who are feeling a little green. For some reason, they are fairly effective at settling the stomach for a MILD case of the boat queasies. We cook real food on the boat all the time. :)

                      1. re: Andiereid

                        Damn you people! I just had the most insane craving for pop-tarts, so I went down to the vending machine.. and they were out!! Argh.

                        To keep it on topic, corn nuts are good too. Anything crunchy to keep me awake at my desk!

                        1. re: PPPPP

                          One of the dangers of Chowhound. I crave all KINDS of stuff all day reading the posts.

                          1. re: PPPPP

                            Corn nuts fall into the microwave popcorn category for me: too stinky to eat in the office.

                    2. re: Hungry Celeste

                      Which brand of miso/spinach soup do you prefer?

                    3. Isn't burnt microwave popcorn every office's staple?

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                      1. re: lyn

                        Actually, in my office we are not allowed to have microwave popcorn. Seems there was a fire awhile back...

                      2. In my desk drawer right now:

                        Luna bars
                        TLC "cheezits"
                        Homemade trail mix (walnuts, almonds, cashews, dried cranberries and dried blueberries)
                        Whole wheat saltines

                        In the office fridge:
                        carrot sticks
                        an apple
                        string cheese

                        In the office freezer I keep frozen meals made by Amy's, which are pretty healthy and full of good things like tofu and rice.

                        1. String cheese. I know: Very processed. But it's filling and has protein.

                          1. Wasabi peas!

                            But only bring the recommended serving size to work in a baggie each day, to avoid binging on half the tub and feeling sick afterwards (speaking from experience..).

                            1. You guys are great. Keep the ideas coming! (oh, and I'm in Canada so sadly no Target products for me.)

                              1. Little jar of nutella and whole wheat crackers. Homemade caramel (or plain) popcorn.

                                For the miso and spinach soup, just do it from scratch - keep a tub of miso at work, and at home pack fresh spinach leaves in a container with little cubes of tofu. At work, microwave container until spinach is wilted (but still bright green, a minute or so) and then add a tablespoon or so of miso with hot water from your coffee machine. Garnish with little dried shrimp or dried seaweed, if you can get it. (this is more of a lunch size...go down to a tsp of miso with a cup of water for snacks)

                                my blog has candied nuts and candied squash seed recipes, but it is not indexed yet so you might have to browse archives to find them. http://frugalcuisine.blogspot.com

                                and hi from Edmonton.

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                                1. re: pepper_mil

                                  You're brilliant!!! Can't wait to delve into blog.

                                2. I used to keep m/w popcorn, triscuit, peanut butter, wasabi peas, roasted soy beans, tamari almonds, pistachio nuts, and various dark chocolate at work (not to all eat all together, but just because I'm a squirrel).

                                  But we recently have a mouse problem at work and I had to remove/toss my amassed treasure, some of which I found with teeth marks!

                                  Now that it's all gone, I'm down to just a jar of peanut butter (which is mouse proof), which I spoon onto a square of dark chocolate (which I have to bring daily in my purse).

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                                  1. re: Alice Patis

                                    Alice, get yourself some small canning or Mason jars. I've seen canning jars as small as 1 cup and it would have to be a pretty strong mouse to get into one of them. Even those very heavy plastic lock and lock containers would probably be too much for a mouse to get into (although I'd probably try to cut down on the food smell by keeping snacks in a ziplock bag in side the jar or heavier plastic container.

                                    1. re: MobyRichard

                                      Click-Clacks are great for storing things like Alice likes to have at work.


                                      1. re: LindaWhit

                                        They look good and sturdy, but maybe a little big for storing in a desk drawer. Lock and locks work similarly but come in sizes suitable for snacking.

                                        1. re: MobyRichard

                                          These come in all sizes - I've got several small ones like pictured in this link:


                                  2. I like a mix of whatever nuts, dried fruits, etc. I happen to have around the house. I include some munchies from a local Middle Eastern market - roasted squash seeds, roasted garbanzo beans, roasted fava beans. And dried mangoes with chili, which are also available at Trader Joe's.

                                    1. almonds
                                      string cheese
                                      tuna/cracker packs made by starkist (I leave out the nasty relish, JMO)
                                      other nuts
                                      trail mix with dried fruit/nuts

                                      I try to focus on protein if I get hungry/groggy while trying to do work. In fact,I am munching on almonds right now.

                                      1. Here's what I have at my desk or in the fridge currently (some healthy items, some not):

                                        Fresh fruit
                                        nuts, various kinds
                                        trail mix
                                        other candy

                                        1. Packets of oatmeal, cottage cheese, Laughing Cow reduced fat cheese wedges with veggies, TJs banana crisps, TJs turkey jerky, Lipton Cup-a-Soup (ie, Cup-a-Salt but I add extra water), mini peppermint patties, slices of turkey, rice crackers, jello fat-free puddings.

                                          1. Oke Doke Cheese Popcorn (hot & regular)
                                            BBQ potato chips
                                            Red Licorice
                                            Reeses Peanut butter cups

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                                            1. re: swsidejim

                                              I have Reese's pb cups too, but I don't admit these to Mr OCAnn b/c I'm on a diet.

                                              1. re: OCAnn

                                                I am a sucker for candy myself. I also enjoy jelly beans, and gum drops.

                                                Not to close to lunch however, I dont want to spoil my almost daily Italian Beef sandwich for lunch... (one advantage of living/working in the Chicago area..)

                                            2. For me:

                                              raw almonds
                                              fruit of some sort kept in the fridge
                                              sugar free Jello cups when I am craving something sweet.
                                              flavored rice cakes
                                              low fat popcorn
                                              grape tomatoes

                                              1. My daily staples are:
                                                A hard-boiled egg.
                                                Toast - cinnamon raisin, apple cobblestone, cranberry almond, etc.
                                                Hand fruit - bananas, apples, pears, oranges, grapes, etc.

                                                Other possibilities

                                                Rice Crispies Treats (they're better than some granola bars in terms of sugars and fats, believe it or not).
                                                Jap Snacks from Costco (do you have Costco in Canada?).
                                                Chex mix.
                                                Dried fruit.
                                                Snickers bar.
                                                M&M with peanuts.

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                                                  1. re: OCAnn

                                                    Maybe that Japanese Party Mix? I love that stuff. My husband calls it "Pootie Repellent", though. He hates the way it smells.

                                                    1. re: Andiereid

                                                      k, pootie means a totally different thing in my house.. ever googled it?

                                                      1. re: C70

                                                        No, and I'm not going to. He's had the nickname Pootie Pie since before we were married and I'm not giving him an out. Besides, it's better than his other nickname "Poochbelly".

                                                      2. re: Andiereid

                                                        Wow...I thought "Jap" as in "Jap snacks" was an offensive term.

                                                          1. re: OCAnn

                                                            I was thinking the same thing!

                                                    2. The chocolate is still on the corners of my mouth from the Moon Pie i just scarfed from the vending machine.

                                                      1. This time of year, tangerines. Cut up melon with lime juice, chile powder and salt. Olives with pits (they take longer to eat). Baby carrots.

                                                        1. The pull of the vending machine is sometimes just too hard to resist. When I give in it's always peanut M&M's. On a somewhat healthier note, I try to go for protein (depending on how much I'm trying to rationalize, peanut M&M's can count as an adequate protein) like pistachios, a spoonful of peanut butter (a must at work!), or cheese in the fridge. If it's carbs I want, I keep oatmeal in my desk drawer as well as pretzels. I also try to throw an extra piece of fruit in my lunch to eat later in the day. That way I don't have an excuse to go to the vending machine. Also love instant hot chocolate at work. Sounds like all I do is snack at work! Is anyone else hungry?

                                                          1. Like C70, I really LOVE carrot sticks and hummos. Plain roasted almonds are nice, too. And a sliced apple with peanut butter has a great fruit-and-protein punch that really perks me up on a sleepy afternoon.

                                                            If I want salty food, I'll go for popcorn, wasabi peas, or spicy Japanese rice crackers (those tiny crescent shapes).

                                                            Today, however, I'm snacking on a huge baggie of pomegranate seeds - messy, but delicious - which my wonderful husband prepared two days ago. (Forget peeling me a grape - he won my heart by peeling pomegranates!)


                                                            1. Second the Japanese rice crackers and miso soup mix (I get it at the Japanese or Chinese supermarket in a 10-pack). Cereal and soy milk (which comes in little boxes if you don't have a fridge - I have a little dorm fridge in my office). Apple slices with peanut butter dip (PB + plain yogurt + honey whisked together) or x-sharp cheddar cheese. Satsuma mandarins. Salad, tuna, and a bottle of my favorite dressing in the office fridge. Trail mix. Secret bar of Valhrona. I have to close my office door before digging in to a lot of this stuff!

                                                              1. A big thermos of Menudo will get you through.

                                                                1. Almonds
                                                                  Instant Oatmeal
                                                                  Dried Fruit
                                                                  Roast Edamame
                                                                  Wasabi Peas
                                                                  TJ's Soy Tortilla Chips
                                                                  Nabisco 100 Calorie Snack Packs (I know they aren't very Chow, but they are perfectly portioned when you want a little something)

                                                                  1. I also like the Nabisco Snack packs.
                                                                    Cheese / crackers
                                                                    Summer sausage
                                                                    string cheese
                                                                    popcorn...the cajun kind
                                                                    little baggie of ceral


                                                                    1. I generally have ginger candies. They're great for making ginger tea as well!

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                                                                      1. I snack on raw almonds all day. Sometimes clementines or apples.

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                                                                        1. re: jpschust

                                                                          me too. i threw in hazlenuts and walnuts as well.

                                                                        2. Hummus, as others have said, but with endive leaves for scoops.

                                                                          I also love one slice of black rye toasted, cut into four squares with sundried tomato pesto as a snack.

                                                                          1. At the office, I try to avoid things that a) smell strongly, b) give bad breath, or c) are messy/complicated to eat.

                                                                            Some things I bring:

                                                                            baby carrots
                                                                            cherry tomatoes
                                                                            sugar snap peas
                                                                            babybel light cheese
                                                                            steamed veggie dumplings
                                                                            freeze-dried fruit (like TJ's)

                                                                            Sometimes I have those 100-calorie packs of graham crackers, or Glenny's Soy Crisps. And maybe once a year, I splurge on the Pop Tarts.

                                                                            1. Bananas
                                                                              Baby carrots
                                                                              Celery with peanut butter
                                                                              Mozarella string cheese (low fat and has protein)
                                                                              Dark chocolate squares
                                                                              Those kiddy fruit snacks
                                                                              Nuts (especially cashews)

                                                                              Sometimes I cut slices of different cheeses (such as gruyere) and eat those with crackers

                                                                              1. soy nuts
                                                                                laughing cow cheese
                                                                                hardboil eggs
                                                                                tamari almonds
                                                                                hot chocolate
                                                                                cottage cheese
                                                                                baby carrots, bell peppers, cucumbers--sometimes dipped in hummus or a dressing
                                                                                cold roasted cauliflower "salad"

                                                                                -i obviously rely on a fridge for my snacking

                                                                                1. Cottage cheese with salsa
                                                                                  Scooped baked potato skins filled w/ whatever floats my boat
                                                                                  Rotisserie chicken breast
                                                                                  Apple/Pear/Persimmon and some cheese to stabilize the ol' blood sugar
                                                                                  Dry cereal (high fiber/protein) w/ nonfat Total yogurt
                                                                                  Mini fiber bran muffins from TJ's (Zen Bakery)
                                                                                  Grilled veggies w/ Balsamic Vinegar
                                                                                  Tortilla and cheese for a quesadilla-- love that soy cheese blend from TJ's with the La Tortilla factory... like 160 calories and 16 g of fiber by the time all is said and done

                                                                                  1. When the vending machine is my only option, I like to mix a bag of plain M&Ms with a bag or two of mini pretzels. (a little melty, but delicious)

                                                                                    1. "A Fig Walks Into a Bar" or "An Apple Walks Into a Bar"
                                                                                      (both from Trader Joe's)

                                                                                      The old standby, Ritz crackers and peanut butter

                                                                                      Cottage Cheese and pineapple (if you have fridge access)

                                                                                      Homemade snack mix using TJs Oriental Rice Crackers Mix, dried edamame, Sweet, Savory & Tart Trek Mix, and whole dry-roasted, less salt almonds and cashews.

                                                                                      Total Yogurt with chopped candied ginger and pom seeds, if available

                                                                                      1. String cheese
                                                                                        Bon Belle cheese
                                                                                        Dried fruit
                                                                                        Yogurt fruit smoothie
                                                                                        Cheese and/or peanut butter crackers
                                                                                        Popcorn Puffs
                                                                                        Chocolate Turtle Chex Mix
                                                                                        Chocolate Peanut Butter Chex Mix
                                                                                        Reese's Pieces
                                                                                        Chocolate Covered Cookie Dough
                                                                                        Malted Milk Balls with a layer of peanut butter just under the chocolate coating
                                                                                        Sugar-free hard candies (Russell Stovers are my favs)

                                                                                        I really like the Thai Kitchen Noodle Cart products, especially the Thai Peanut Instant Rice & Sauce and the Pad Thai. They are individual servings and include a plastic spoon, too. Thai Kitchen also has some tasty individual soup bowls. My local Walgreen's sells these Thai Kitchen individual serving packages for about $1.79 but I stock up when they run their 2-for-1 or $1 each sales.

                                                                                        1. For salty and crunchy, I like these packs of toasted seaweed I've been picking up at my local Asian market. I'm not even sure what brand is is: Doshirak Gim? (or, is that the name of the item.) Distributed by Pulmuone USA. 50 calories per pack, 20 from fat.


                                                                                          1. I am in love with Kellogg's All Bran bars. I buy them in a box of 20 from either Costco or Loblaws for around $8 - $9. They taste great and are loaded with fibre so they fill you up.

                                                                                            I always laugh when I see the commerical for them cause it is true that no one believes that they actually taste good. But they do!

                                                                                            1. Every day I have to grab a bag of soy crips. They satisfy my crunchy/salty craving and also have a good amount of protein.

                                                                                              A bagel (or half) with peanut butter is also quite good.

                                                                                              1. Soy nuts. My fave is hickory flavored.

                                                                                                Chex Mix (I'm currently enjoying Apple Cinnamon)

                                                                                                In season - Strawberries dipped in Splenda

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                                                                                                  I used to bring bananas but they stink up my bag and the office.

                                                                                                  1. Time for an updated list of desk food? I have sugary stuff in the bottom desk drawer (mixed chocolates, gummy bears, bags of dried fruit, small packs of cookies, etc) and the saltier stuff on the top of my desk (pistachios, peanuts, chips, etc). Sometimes I'll do a custom mix of goldfish crackers, pretzels, cheetos, corn chips and toss it all into a big plastic jar. We're in a Tim's Hawiann BBQ chips/blue corn chips/guacamole chips/jalapaneo cheddar chips phase at the moment.......

                                                                                                    My desk is usually a featured stop on any tour of the floor...My coworkers either bring stuff to add to the mix or else give me cash donations to keep the supplies stocked.

                                                                                                    The worst contribution so far has been the pickled sausages and the tiny dried crabs....

                                                                                                    1. I often bring in:

                                                                                                      -fruit cups
                                                                                                      -Snyder's pretzel pieces (although not the least messy snack...)
                                                                                                      -Milano cookies
                                                                                                      -cereal (and milk)