I have been in a food rut lately. It is not that I am not hungry, it is that I just don’t know what I want – and not much appeals to me. I have been wasting money on food at work. What I choose isn’t necessarily the best choice health wise. I have decided to bring breakfast and lunch (or lunch and dinner) from home, and fill in my snack time with healthy choices.
In the past, I have been organized with my work lunches and snacks. I would buy a large quantity of something, and then put it into zipped plastic bags or small containers. I found that always having a supply ready made it simple – if I wanted pretzels one day and raisins the next – they would be easy to grab. That worked out good for me.
Hard boiled eggs are good, and are easily portable. You can boil a few and have them ready to take as a quick snack. They are a healthy choice as they provide you with Vitamin B12, protein, Omega 3 fatty acids and are low in saturated fats. You could get one of those cool egg slicer devices to jazz things up a bit.
Trail mix is good for you. You can even make up your own version if you would like. It can be customized however you might want it. Common ingredients include nuts and raisins, and additions can be small pretzels, goldfish crackers, craisins and maybe even a few M&Ms for color. I have also added those freeze dried fruit pieces. Make up a big batch and divide into individual plastic bags.
String cheese and pretzels go good together. String cheese comes in convenient plastic packaging, making it a good grab and go item. You can individually bag pretzels, and if you want – take along a little portion of mustard for a tasty addition to this snack.
A snack that may take a bit of prep time is Chicken Skewers. You can use either boneless chicken breasts or thighs. Cut them into strips, and pan fry them with a little bit of oil and whatever kind of seasonings you might like. When they are browned and done, you can insert sticks into them – try using lollipop sticks (bought in the candy making aisle in a store’s craft section). You can individually portion out however many you think you would eat in a single sitting, or freeze in one large Ziploc bag and take as you need. They are small and they will not take long to defrost so before you know it, you’ll be chowing down!
Small salads and vegetables are also good. You don’t have to stick to a traditional salad with lettuce. Combinations I have made are string beans and croutons, carrots with cheese cubes, and cut up peppers with cucumber slices. You could also add a bit of cottage cheese for protein, vitamins and minerals. I would suggest taking salad dressing in a separate container (if you choose to use it) to avoid your vegetables from getting soggy.
Fruit combinations are also a good choice. Again, depending on sogginess you may want to adjust how you take these items with you. I like peanut butter on apple slices, but I don’t like how brown the apples get if they are precut. So I will take a knife that cuts good and a jar of peanut butter along (and a plate to cut it on). Two fruits that I like mixed together are strawberries and bananas. I like things that are visually appealing – you can get two nice colors if you pack up some green and red (some claim they are purple) grapes. Another good tasting and good looking combo is raspberries and blueberries. Use your imagination.
And there you have it – some snacks that will fill you up without filling you out. Enjoy! Happy snacking!