My current choices are not necessarily "diet" food, they are choices I've made to avoid the candy dish and the plethora of restaurants that surround my office. I'm sure at some point I'll have to change my choices, but for right now they are working for me.
I've carefully planned my snack drawer at work. I'm pretty blessed to have a tiny but fully functional kitchen at work.
Contents of my snack drawer:
- Canned soup - I buy soups that are about 220 calories per can. I try to keep the cost per can at about $2.00 per can, this means I usually buy them wherever they are on sale.
- Granola/Protein bars - I usually stick to either Luna, Kashi or Trader Joe's brand. Mainly because I like them and I also buy these on sale.
- Trail Mix - I keep a glass jar in by drawer filled with some sort of nut mix. I try to avoid mixes with a lot of peanuts and dried fruit. I usually use the lid as a serving size (not accurate but works for me).
- I just discovered Snapea Crisps at Trader Joe's that are simply divine and satisfy my need for a crunchy treat.
- Peanut Butter - good shelf stable protein
- Greek Yogurt - I keep this in the fridge.
Once a week I'll pick up some fruit and keep it on my desk. I find if I can see it I'll usually eat it around 3 p.m. when I'm getting the munchies.
I try to bring my lunch to work everyday; however, if I forget it in the fridge at home (which I do way to often). I have a satisfying back-up at my desk.
I'm quite aware I could be making better choices; however, this is currently working and I'm happy with the results. Whenever I find myself eating out more than once a week or snacking from the candy dish, I'll have to evaluate my choices.
What are your tricks for work meals/snacks?