Nutritionists will tell you that you should snack healthy and in modest proportions to keep your energy levels up during the day and to prevent overeating during meals. I like to snack because
* if work gets too insane and I can't get lunch, I won't go ballistic on my co-workers from the hunger crankies (don't laugh, you KNOW that you get cranky when you don't eat too!)
* if I'm playing soccer or swimming after work, that salad or sandwich I ate at 1pm isn't going to keep me going for my various athletic endeavors.
Keeping a snack stash at my desk has become a necessity. Why am I blogging about this today, you might ask? Because it's after 2pm, I haven't eaten lunch yet, and I finished my last granola bar, so it's about time to do some snack shopping... that is, if I can escape from the office! Until then, I'm making a list of my fave snacks that I will sometimes keep at my desk- all tasty, nutritious, and low in calories. Maybe you'll get some ideas for what to keep at your desk, and feel free to comment on what healthy goodies you might keep at your desk!
Kashi TLC Chewy Granola Bars- Cherry Dark Chocolate- 4 grams fiber, 5 grams protein, and at 120 calories a pop, these will satisfy your hunger and your sweet tooth!
Arrowhead Mills Instant Maple/Apple Spice Oatmeal- comes in at about 100 calories per pack, and I find it all the more satisfying because it's hot and full of whole grains! Bring in some fruit to top off your oatmeal.
GNU Flavor & Fiber Bars- these pack a serious fiber punch to the gut. In a good way. 12 grams of fiber, only 140 calories, and flavors that actually taste good (try Cinnamon Raisin or Orange Cranberry), these will keep you going for the rest of your day.
Fruits & Veggies- this should be obvious. If you don't have a refrigerator at work, you can easily stash apples, bananas, plums, grapes, and tangerines at your desk. If you do have access to a fridge, you can stash berries, peaches, assorted citrus fruits, carrots, bell peppers, and cucumbers, along with some hummus for dipping!
Annie's Homegrown Cheddar Bunnies- though I'm putting these at the bottom of the list (because we all know that if we want a crunchy snack, we should probably pick crunchy vegetables), but these are infinitely better than some crunchy crap in a vending machine AND you can pronounce everything on the ingredients list- one of my several tests as to whether I should be consuming something or not.
Happy snacking! :)