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Mar 28, 2007 12:59 PM

What should I bring to the office that's healthy?

Ok, it's busy season at our office (tax season) and being that we have to work Saturdays and sometimes Sundays, our bosses are nice enough bring in bagels, cream cheese, sometimes lox, muffins and danish on the weekends. Nice! Also there are lots of cookies and chocolate lurking around (we finally got through the girl scout cookies). NOW a client wants to buy us a pizza on Friday. Great. HOWEVER, although I am more than happy to consume this free heartstopping food, I would like to counter some of the effects by bringing in something fairly healthy. I had thought of fruit, maybe some grapes, clementines, etc. Crudite, nah, it will go uneaten. We are a fairly adventurous bunch of eaters. Do you have any other suggestions? Nothing that takes TOO much prep or I will never end up doing it.


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  1. If you don't mind doing a LITTLE prep, then how about mixing up something like a trout dip and putting it on veggies like cucumber rounds or endive spears or in cherry tomatoes? Unlike cruidites, since the dip is already on the vegetable, they might get eaten, maybe?

    I always like a good tropical fruit salad - cut up fresh pineapple, dump in some mandarin oranges and sprinkle with some unsweetened coconut. Fresh and reasonably healthy.

    Or if you're looking for a main course, maybe a couscous salad with some grilled chicken or shrimp and chopped fresh herbs?

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    1. re: Andiereid

      Some really nice ideas. Esp the trout dip. I wasn't very clear I think, no main course necessary, just a little something to cut through all the carbs and fat! I don't think you can beat fresh fruit and vegetables for this...also best if I can keep it to finger food, as everyone is eating at desks. Now that couscous salad sounds good for dinner at home!

    2. When I start feeling guilty, I bring in hummous, babbaganoush, tabbouli, with some cut veggies or bagel chips. I usually make it at home but the dips are generally available in most markets. It's pretty satisfying. I also bring lots of fruit in - sometimes cut up, sometimes whole. Also bring a bag of granola to keep with you at work and that with soy or regular yogurt can make a tasty healthful snack. Incidentally, I brought these items to work today, and I still managed to meet a friend outside for lunch.

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      1. re: kayonyc

        Totally second the hummus. You can make a big batch, freeze half and then pickup a bag of baby carrots. Super easy and good and healthy.

        1. re: kayonyc

          I try not to snack at all. Maybe that's why I am so susceptible to the cookies etc!! I like the babaganoush idea...

        2. indiviudal jello cups with cool whip on top (if you have a freezer), mixed nuts, plain popcorn

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          1. re: ciaobella

            Not so sure cool whip is a healthy option. Is it even dairy? What is it?

            1. re: kayonyc

              kayonc, depends what your diet du jour is! I'm doing south beach, so jello and cool whip are a favorite treat at the moment. I like that they offer sugar-free and different flavored versions.

              Here's how Wikipedia describes it:
              Cool Whip is a brand of imitation whipped cream called a "whipped topping" by its manufacturer. It is used as a dessert topping and in some no-bake pie recipes. It is generally described as "non-dairy" as it contains no cream or milk and no lactose, though it does contain the milk-derived protein sodium caseinate.

          2. Maybe the bean-counters would like soybeans/edamame?

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            1. re: OCAnn

              I love edamame, and that's a good idea too. Thanks guys!

            2. 1. Homemade granola (or for that matter granola bars)
              2. Muffins (homemade = controlled fat, sugar, etc - try adding part whole-wheat flour)
              3. Healthier baked goods - meringue cookies, angel food cake, oatmeal/raisin cookies instead of chocolate, cupcakes w/ pumpkin or banana, etc.

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              1. re: laurendlewis

                Laurendlewis, nice ideas, but as the bosses will still be bringing in bagels, muffins etc, I am trying to avoid sweet and starchy stuff! I do love homemade granola though...