By: Diary of a Snacker Blogger, Kristin Phillips
When you work in an office setting, it’s often difficult to find healthy snacks when you’re hungry. If your company provides vending machines, they usually contain processed chips, candy, soda, and other indulgences that scream afternoon sugar crash.
There are so many other temptations, too. It seems like every week there’s a birthday, anniversary, retirement party, or baby shower – you name it. So. Much. Cake.
What can you do to prevent your sweet tooth from making a tragic mistake? Emulate the Scout Motto and Be Prepared.
Each weekend I usually spend about three hours prepping my meals and snacks for the week. As a product marketer who regularly works from 8 am-5 pm outside of the home, I know firsthand just how challenging it is to pack food in the mornings. No matter how early I wake up, I’m always pressed for time: walk the dog, workout, shower, make my superfood shake, and run out the door. It helps to get everything ready to go the night before.
When I started changing my fitness habits about a year ago, I became very mindful about what foods I put into my body. For me, it’s all about nourishment and fueling the day. To think I used to be the girl that could get by with just a banana or chocolate covered cereal bar for lunch! Now I make sure that my lunches include lean protein, healthy fats, fresh produce, and a lot of variety. Most days my meals are good enough to hold me to the next one, but sometimes a hunger pang will strike. Do you know how embarrassing it is when your stomach roars like a lion during a lull in a meeting?
I always pack a few healthy snacks for those rare occasions. Some of my favorites include raw cashews and almonds, cherry tomatoes, fresh berries, hard boiled eggs topped with guacamole, and jerky. Of course, not all can be stored in my desk drawer as easily as ToYou Snacks. The Peanut Butter Cranberry, Mint Chocolate, and Mango Yogurt are seriously delicious and hit the spot when I’m looking for something mid-afternoon.
Today so many portable options are considered healthy, but they are actually filled with a lot of junk. I tend to avoid items labeled 100-calorie packs, low-fat, sugar-free, and the like. These products use a lot of fillers and modified ingredients to produce lower calorie foods that still taste appealing.
It’s refreshing to tear open a ToYou Snack and know that what you see is what you get – there are no additives or preservatives, they’re gluten-free, and they’re filling. Even if I find myself hungry at 2 pm, I won’t be forced to grab a candy bar. However, I will be happy, energized, and just as satisfied.