When hunger strikes at the office things can get ugly.
Cookies, cake and donuts are all treats that frequent my office. And while I’m fortunate to be employed by a company that believes in the motivational power of a fully stocked snack room it seems like no matter how stockpiled we are with fruit and yogurt the gravitation pull is strongest with the indulgent options.
The only way I’ve found to combat temptation is one, self-discipline and two, a healthy arsenal of your own to fight back with.
So whether you are trying to stick to healthy eats or your office sadly doesn’t support snacks, stash these seven healthier choices in your desk drawer and make nutritious choices.
Also known as healthy cookies! These perfectly portioned fruit flavored cookies are filled with kosher, all natural ingredients for guilt free indulgence at around 200 calories!
Granola bars made from healthier, all natural ingredients. My personal favorite is the PB and dark chocolate.
Almonds or Cashews
You only need a few to feel full, just make sure they are unsalted. The bulk bins at your grocer should have the unsalted option. Grab a few to satisfy a sudden urge to eat or to hold you over another hour until lunch. Sometimes I’ll eat candied pecans or cashews to get my sweet fix and still stay somewhat health conscious
My favorite is Quest chocolate chip cookie dough because its low carb and amazing and fills me up for a couple hours, and it seems like I’m eating desert.
While these are perishable, I’ve found they normally last for a week or two and make the perfect sweet snack to get me through the long afternoons. Add some nut butter and you have a delicious desert-like snack to satisfy your sweet tooth with a healthy dose of nutrients too.
My favorite is dried mango, it’s chewy and filling. Just be sure that it’s not sweetened or does not have added sugar. Typically healthier grocers like Trader Joes and Whole Foods will have the natural options. I also enjoy dried cranberries mixed with nuts. It’s the perfect combo of sweet and salty.
For a little extra health kick try keeping the snacks away from your desk, if you have that option. This will force you to get up and walk for them and you can follow my water rule. No snack until you finish the glass of water. If you only have desk space available you can still implement the water rule, just enlist that self-discipline! Helps you get in your 64 ounces and prolongs eating when water can sometimes be just as filling.