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!
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.
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)
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
In my desk drawer right now:
Homemade trail mix (walnuts, almonds, cashews, dried cranberries and dried blueberries)
Whole wheat saltines
In the office fridge:
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.
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..).
You guys are great. Keep the ideas coming! (oh, and I'm in Canada so sadly no Target products for me.)
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.
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).
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.
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.
tuna/cracker packs made by starkist (I leave out the nasty relish, JMO)
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.
Here's what I have at my desk or in the fridge currently (some healthy items, some not):
nuts, various kinds
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.
fruit of some sort kept in the fridge
sugar free Jello cups when I am craving something sweet.
flavored rice cakes
low fat popcorn
My daily staples are:
A hard-boiled egg.
Toast - cinnamon raisin, apple cobblestone, cranberry almond, etc.
Hand fruit - bananas, apples, pears, oranges, grapes, etc.
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?).
M&M with peanuts.
The chocolate is still on the corners of my mouth from the Moon Pie i just scarfed from the vending machine.
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.
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?
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!)
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!
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)
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.
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:
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.
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
laughing cow 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
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
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)
"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
Bon Belle cheese
Yogurt fruit smoothie
Cheese and/or peanut butter crackers
Chocolate Turtle Chex Mix
Chocolate Peanut Butter Chex Mix
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.
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.
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!
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.
Soy nuts. My fave is hickory flavored.
Chex Mix (I'm currently enjoying Apple Cinnamon)
In season - Strawberries dipped in Splenda
I'm replying to a pretty old
I used to bring bananas but they stink up my bag and the office.
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....
I often bring in:
-Snyder's pretzel pieces (although not the least messy snack...)
-cereal (and milk)