Healthy snack hacks when you're stuck at work

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!


Closet refresh with Le Tote

In my line of work, clothes are a constant battle!  Viewers seem to care more about my wardrobe and hairstyle than just about anything that comes out of my mouth.  So, when I stumbled upon a great clothing rental service, it felt like my prayers had been answered!

Based in San Francisco, Le Tote sends a box of fashion-forward clothing items and accessories.  You wear them as long as you'd like and send them back when you're done.  As soon as Le Tote receives word your items are in the mail, they'll start styling your next box!  If you don't like the items they choose, you can swap them out for anything else on the site.

The "classic box" includes three clothing items and two accessories for $59 per month, however they have plans starting as low as $39.  Moms-to-be... they have maternity plans as well!  You can receive and send back as many boxes as you'd like each month.  Additionally, if you love an item, you also have the option to buy it.

I've found some great pieces to mix up my everyday routine and decided to keep a few of them already.  I look forward to seeing what else Le Tote sends my way!