There are so many great conversations on the Hotline -- it's hard to choose a favorite. But we'll be doing it, once a week, to spread the wealth of our community's knowledge -- and to keep the conversation going.
Today: We've conquered the desk lunch, now it's time to upgrade the office snack.
A cabinet, a desk drawer, a vending machine -- every office has a munchies mecca. Whether worn down or simply bored, we unwaveringly gravitate toward these snack stockpiles as mid-afternoon draws near. In this desperate time, there's no differentiating between carrots and cheese puffs -- we lunge for whatever's in reach. Even when we have the best of intentions, it's easy to mindlessly revert back to the comfort of chocolate sandwich cookies.
Stuck in a rut of hummus and baby carrots, self-proclaimed "serious office snacker" Summer of Eggplant turned to the Hotline for tips on what to pack for a wholesome, office-appropriate treat. The snack savants of our community heard her call and, thankfully, were eager to share.
- Anella munches on sliced apples when midday hunger strikes. To bulk up the snack, ATG117 points out that apples pair well with nut butters, cheese, or dark chocolate.
- Mklug follows a similar mantra, balancing light snacks like cucumbers, watermelons, and pineapple with more substantial treats, like coconut bars.
- For protein, Susan turns to beef jerky. Rather than chewing on the store-bought kind that often contains additives, make your own at home. Prep it on the weekend and it will be ready to pack for snacks all week long.
- Liza's Kitchen NYC relies on storage containers to control her snack portion size. Reusable bags at the ready, she packs single servings of trail mix, dried fruit, homemade granola, and fresh cherries for fuel at the office.
Tell us: What do you munch on at the office?
Photos by James Ransom