When the mid-afternoon slump hits, many people head to the vending machine and indulge in snacks that, over time, can blow a diet. One of the best ways to avoid this is to have a variety of healthy snacks available in your desk so that you can control what you are eating.
100-calorie snack packs
One of the greatest innovations for dieters is the 100-calorie snack pack. Sometimes you just want to indulge yourself—you may be craving potato or corn chips but you don’t want to snarf down the bigger bag that’s sold in most vending machines.
The 100-calorie packs give you the taste you crave but keep your diet on track. In addition to chips there are cookie and nut choices, and you can pick them up at your local big box store in multi-packs. Cocoa dusted almonds are a popular choice for those who crave a salty/sweet combo.
Fresh fruit is a great option for a snack to store in your desk. You do need to bring these in fresh daily or at least every other day but delicious sweetness is well worth it. In the winter, tangerines are everywhere and these are easy to store and eat. Apples are always a good choice, and if you want to try something a little different keep a jar of peanut butter to dip your apple slices into. If it’s warm in your office, you may want to store your fresh fruit in a cold pack.
Peanut butter crackers
Peanut butter crackers come in four- and six-cracker packs. They are easy to store, need no refrigeration and are delicious. They are also inexpensive and not terribly fattening. There are several varieties with different types of crackers so you will have choices.
Yogurt is a delicious healthy snack that you can store in your desk as long as you use a cold pack. There are lots of choices, including chocolate, low-fat, Greek or whipped, just to name a few.
Again using your cold pack you can opt for one of the many cheese options available. There are mozzarella sticks, individually wrapped cheddar cheese slices, little circles of cheese or wedges. These are so low in calories that you can indulge in more than one or even add a few crackers.
Vegetable sticks especially with dip are an indulgence that you can store in your desk using your cold pack. Many grocers sell veggies with dip in individual servings but you can certainly make your own at home to bring in to work.
When you are sitting at your desk, you don’t have to feel as if a healthy snack is beyond your reach. By using a cold pack you can bring in healthy nibbles from home and avoid the temptation to grab a sugary snack from the vending machine.