Snack Away!

almonds

Hi, I am Allison, the other newbie on the block.  I absolutely love food and fitness, and I look forward to sharing my knowledge, passion and adventures with you each week.  And we’re off…

Every morning, I wake up, eat a small breakfast (cereal and fruit), workout and eat another breakfast (oatmeal, fruit, juice).  There are those who don’t eat or like breakfast, but I treat myself to 2 breakfasts every morning – definitely my most important meal of the day.

After indulging in my second breakfast, I head to work (here I am!) where I continue to think about food, write about food and eat food.  I have the best job!  Like many of you, I work at a desk and computer all day.  Often, I find my stomach taking over my mind as it demands food at an alarming rate.  I am not the type of person who eats when bored because I am never bored at work (seriously, I am not!).  But staring at food all day (Recipe4Living) makes me hungry.

So I have been working hard at trying to come up with new and healthy snacks that I can easily store or keep at work that won’t cause me to gain an unhealthy amount of weight.   What’s currently in my pantry (my desk shelves have become my pantry)?

My personal favorite – Nature Valley Oats ‘n Dark Chocolate crunchy granola bars.  These are a relatively new product, so if you haven’t noticed them yet, be sure to keep your eyes peeled.  If you’re a coffee or tea drinker, these bars are fabulous after a good ol’ dunk.

Dark Chocolate Coca Roast Almonds by Emerald is next on the shelf  (notice any themes?)  Despite the fact that the word chocolate is on the package, this delightful treat has only 1 gram of sugar!  It’s a dream come true for chocolate lovers!  Also, almonds are full of healthy fats and protein to keep you feeling full, longer.

Okay, enough of the sweets and on to the salty.  First up, 94% fat free microwave popcorn.  Almost every brand of popcorn sells a “light” or “fat free” version nowadays.  If your office doesn’t have a microwave, pop it and bag it before you leave.

Pumpkin Seeds (I am eating these as I type) are probably my favorite of the salty snacks. These addicting little gems should be eaten in moderation, like all nuts and seeds, since they are higher in fat.  But don’t worry, they contain healthy fats needed by our body. Also,  Pumpkin seeds are especially high in iron, zinc, magnesium and phosphorous – essential vitamins.

Last, but certainly not least, is another favorite that literally keeps me going through the day – and I don’t mean coffee – a hard-boiled egg.  Eggs are great sources of protein and omega-3s.  Another perk is that you can boil a week’s work of eggs at a time and store them in the fridge so they are ready to accompany you to work each morning!

If you find yourself hungry at work, try incorporating some of these healthy snacks.

Here are some other favorites you should try:

Yellow Squashed Muffins

Fresh Fruit Salad

8 Low-Carb Snacks

Wheat Squares

If you have favorites, please let me know!  I am always looking for new, healthy ideas.

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