Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Snacks for the office worker, Part 1

It is 3PM. Your lunch is wearing off, and Mr. Texas Claw doughnut is calling for you from just beyond the vending machine glass. Eaaaat mee.. its only a dollar... sweet sugary goodness... E7. ohh yea.. thats the stuff...

Snap out of it! In this new series of posts, I am going to provide alternatives for Mr. Texas claw that will leave you satisfied and feeling well, not ill. Fresh veggies! Carrot sticks, sugar snap peas (ohh soo delicious), and bell peppers (amazing how zingy they taste as a fresh raw snack). Total investment: 5 mins of chopping vegetables. Reward: this wont put you in a food coma, or make you feel ill with preservative and sugar glut.

Green tea works wonders around mid-afternoon to curb sleepiness at the office (although eating mostly veggies and protein for lunch helps prevent the sleepiness altogether). So next time you want to grab a snickers.. think twice and know that you arent alone...We ALL want those snacks, but we also have the power to choose a better way to get over that afternoon slump.


  1. I also enjoy for the 3pm hour- a sliced apple (sprinkle the slices with just 1/2 tsp of lemon juice, put in a ziploc bag and squeeze out as much air as you can.. this keeps the apple slices from going brown. I tell ya, pre-slicing the apple makes ALL the difference, I just don't eat them when they arent sliced (dunno why, doesnt really make sense)

    Also I enjoy the classic "ants on a log" or "bugs in a boat"- celery with peanut butter and raisins. mmmMMmmm

    Other rotations in my healthy snack repetoire include bagels with peanut butter (peanut butter slows the absorption of the carbs from the bagel), fresh fruit/berries, and yogurt and granola parfaits (my home-made granola, you never know whats in the store bought stuff and its usu packed with sugar). Hope these tips help!

  2. aloooooooooo I want a new posting already!!! What about "good things to eat when you are on vacation?!?"