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What to Pack for an Office Snack

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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

Tags: snacks, office, portable, recipes, hotline, your burning questions

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