No disappointing vending machine runs for you! Save your time, save your health, and save your wallet by stocking up on healthy snacks to keep at the office. Here are 3 of my favorites to keep at the office.
Roasted low sea salt whole almonds
My very own bag pictured here, you can usually find this big green zip-top pouch on a shelf somewhere in the Giant Eagle produce section. They’re tasty, crunchy, toasty, and have mystical powers to control appetite. These are also great tossed into a salad with leafy greens, apple slices, and a touch of balsamic.
They go great with almonds, so you can make your own simple trail mix! I don’t like to premix them unless I know I’ll eat it in the next couple days. Too much of the salt from the almonds sticks to the cranberries and the moisture from the cranberries makes the almonds go stale. You can even keep some dark chocolate chips (WebMD lists this as a healthy snack!) around to add to your improv trail mix! Also usually in a bag on a shelf in the produce section.
Crunchy Peanut Butter Cliff Bar
This is not a low fat or low sugar food; notice it’s not on the WebMD list of healthy snacks. Not what I would consider a snack food. I keep these around as an emergency meal replacement that happens to be, flavorful, nutritious, filling, and ultra portable. If my schedule is too tight to take a lunch, I can easily eat one of these on my way to the next meeting, to the gym (yea right…), or to play sand volleyball at Beekman Park! And they go GREAT with an apple. Not all flavors of Cliff Bar are equal; check the nutrition facts and you’ll see that this is one of the lowest sugar flavors (could use even less sugar in my opinion; it’s still unnecessarily sweet). You can usually get these on special at your local grocery store for close to $1 each.
If you’re wondering about which foods are healthier, there’s a little known functionality of Google that lets you compare common foods. Simply type something to the effect of compare raisins to dried cranberries, and you’ll get nutrition specs listed side by side.
What are your favorite on the go snacks? Comment below!