I find that when I’m at work I get hungrier faster. Especially if I’m doing tedious work. For example, if I’m working on a dynamic project that requires a lot of fast-paced collaborative solutions, I thrive in that sort of environment, but it also makes my brain go 1000 miles a minute. Usually meaning I’m not thinking about how it’s 2 pm and I still haven’t had lunch. On the contrary, if I’m filling out a spreadsheet, copy and pasting data into cells… that can be really tedious and my mind starts to wander. I don’t know about you, but when my mind wanders… it wanders into the food aisle!
The problem with an office set up is there usually isn’t a decent kitchen where are able or have time to prep a healthy snack. Not having the ability to prep a snack, I find myself reverting to easy-to-grab chips, cookies, chocolates or snacks I find at the nearby café. But enough is enough, I want to eat healthy, in good portions, and not break the bank to do it. I also want it to be fast and accessible. So this is why I’ve come up with some easy healthy ways to graze at work.
Literally, buy one of those funky banana holders and put some bananas up at work. You can put it at your desk, or in the office kitchen, but it’s there to just grab and go.
Rice Cake and Peanut Butter, both of these items are easy to bring to work and keep there for a while. Then when you’re hungry, grab a rice cake and the jar, spread some PB on there, and your hungry tummy will thank you.
Miso Soup Packs are a lifesaver! They’re super low in calories and they’re easy if you have a Keurig at work. You don’t even need to bring in a bowl if you don’t want to. Sometimes I get lazy and pour the packet into a paper cup.
Instant Oatmeal packs are similar to Miso soup. One pack in the morning will fill me up until later in the afternoon. Again, don’t have a bowl? Use a paper cup.
With hard-boiled eggs, there’s a bit of prep to this, but it’s not horrific! Hard boil like 10 eggs at home, then bring them (shell still on) to work. Now you’ve got a boiled egg a day for 2 weeks, or 2 boiled eggs a day for a week. However you want to do it, it’s an awesome way to get your protein in the morning and again, keeps you full!
Sometimes, when I’m getting creative, I have taken in a squeeze bottle of honey, a big container of plain yogurt and a mason jar filled with seeds, nuts and granola (if you’ve got a freezer at work you can even bring in some frozen berries). Then when I’m in the mood for a parfait, I’ll create one in a paper cup right there on the spot!
There are endless office snack ideas, you kinda just have to start thinking of your office like a mini home, and hopefully, no one steals your snacks!