There are few things in this world I love more than cooking, but when you're stuck at the office, whipping up a gourmet feast isn't always an option. Since we're all looking to start off with a fresh slate in the new year, I wanted to share some of my favorite healthy "snack hacks" for the workplace. With a few of these options in the break room fridge or your desk drawer, you may have an easier time avoiding the local fast food joint.
Butternut Squash- You can get it pre-cut and bagged at most grocery stores these days. Throw some cubes in a bowl, or even a coffee mug, and pop plastic wrap or a plate on top. Microwave for about 4 minutes and sprinkle with a salt and pepper. It's healthy, filling and will make your nutritionist proud!
Pre-cut Fruit- There's nothing tastier than cold watermelon in the summer heat. Whether it's summer, winter or fall, I love to stock up on pre-cut fruit for the office. You'll pay a premium for the convenience, but shop around and it doesn't have to be outrageous.
Jimmy Dean Delights turkey sausage, egg white and cheese English muffin- I've tried a few different breakfast sandwiches and this is my favorite. It's only 150 calories, protein rich and super satisfying. The downfall? They are high in sodium.
Trail Mix- This seems like a given, but I can't tell you how many times a bag of nuts or trail mix has saved me on a busy day when I just can't find time to eat. I always keep some in my drawer. If you find it hard to stop snacking, stores like Trader Joe's sell smaller pre-portioned packs.
Kicked up Oatmeal- A big container of Quaker Old Fashioned Oats will last a lifetime in your desk drawer and is such a better option than the little packets packed with sugar. Many stores like Costco sell pre-portioned steel cut oats as well. I always keep pecans and frozen blueberries on hand to amp up the nutrition. You can add a drizzle of honey if you like it sweet.
Baby Carrots and Dip- Those little carrots aren't just for kids. Grab a bag or chop up your own veggies at home and keep them nearby when you're working. Instead of ranch, grab a container of hummus or make your favorite mayo-based dip with greek yogurt instead.
Something Sweet- We all need to indulge on occasion and there's nothing wrong with keeping dark chocolate at work. If a little nibble can satisfy your sweet tooth, it may keep you from indulging in that big box of donuts your co-worker brings in. Just remember, moderation is key!