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What to Pack for an Office Snack

By • June 21, 2014 • 8 Comments

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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. 


Tell us: What do you munch on at the office? 

Photos by James Ransom

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3 months ago Threemoons

My snack attack plan: Always have at lease one piece of fruit around (I like grapefruit; also good to share with cube-mates) and one other crunchy thing like almonds or veggie chips.


3 months ago AntoniaJames

AntoniaJames is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

1 tablespoon each of chia seeds, ground flaxseeds and unsweetened toasted wheat germ + a handful of blueberries or sliced strawberries (or some of each) + vanilla almond milk to moisten/cover (about 1/2 cup), topped with a tablespoon of chopped toasted pecans if I know it's going to be a good while until my next meal. ;o)


3 months ago Carol

Spiced (by me) almonds; a hardboiled egg; frozen grapes


3 months ago Catherine

Yogurt (Greek or goat) with walnuts and fruit sweetened with a bit of maple syrup. If you use frozen fruit you don't even have to stick it in the fridge.


3 months ago Julie O

Sun dried tomatoes and wasabi seaweed pages. It tastes like a full meal.


3 months ago Helen B

80 cal packs of Peanut Butter and Almond Butter, Greek Yogurt and Cinnamon, Health Warrior Chia Bars


3 months ago Taylor

I have what I call a "stach stash" a big tub of pistachios that will help to fill me up if my lunch isn't pulling me through to the end of the day. Cheese with pretzels is also a favorite, along with homemade granola bars.


3 months ago Nathan

whole. Wheat crackers and pnut butter for a burst of energy.