Healthy Office Snacking

by Sherria

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When I first started my public relations job at a nonprofit organization here in DC, I noticed that there seemed to be a celebration in the office almost every week. These celebrations often included cake, ice cream, and a whole host of other unhealthy snacks.  I started to feel bloated throughout the day. I decided that something needed to be done about my office eating habits. I started buying rice cakes, drinking more water, and bringing fruit to work. However, I got tired of it because it seemed like work. Everyone else was snacking, I wanted a snack too! After reading magazines and combing the aisles of supermarkets, I found that snacking doesn’t have to be bad. There are healthy snacks I can eat at my desk that will make me feel full throughout the day without making me feel bloated. I still try to drink three to four bottles of water while I’m at work, but at least I found some cool snacks to accompany my water ;-).

Let me know what healthy snacks you take to work! Comments welcomed.

My favorites:

Clockwise: Trailmix, Smartfood Cheddar Popcorn, Dole Fruit Cup, Apple with Peanut Butter

Trailmix- You can either make your own trailmix with dried fruits and nuts or you can purchase it prepackaged. I love Craisins trailmix by Ocean Spray.

Smartfood Cheddar Cheese Popcorn– Reduced Fat brand are a good source of fiber, has zero trans fat, and no gluten ingredients.

Dole Fruit Cups– the individually wrapped cups are easy to stick in your work bag in the morning. If your office has a mini-refrigerator, the mini-cups will fit perfectly. This snack is great at any time during the day. I also noticed that leaving fresh fruit at the office doesn’t always work. For some reason it goes bad faster even when I put it in the refrigerator. You won’t have that problem with the sealed fruit cups. They last for weeks!  

Apples and Peanut Butter– This snack is a good way to feel full longer. Be careful of what type of peanut butter you purchase. Some peanut butters are extra oily, which isn’t good for your health or skin. I like Extra Chunky Skippy Natural Peanut Butter.

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