I'm mad at myself this morning because last night I packed a good/healthy breakfast, lunch and snacks for today. Half way in my morning trek I realized I forgot...Actually when dd asked for her cereal I realized I forgot. (I feel worse because I packed my 2½ daughters too...luckily she also gets breakfast at daycare, but I always give her breafast in the car because I don't like taking her with out eating anything...aside from today's blunder).
I usually keep a whole box of organic oats in my desk drawer, but I ran out last week and never got to replace them. I also sometimes will keep fiberone bars (not idea for breakfast but in a pinch it's better to eat something than nothing)...I ran out of them too...I really need to restock my desk.
So I'm drinking my coffee and wondering what others keep in their desk...
I've been rubbish recently - i should be more organised! I used to make my own lunch at home and bring into work, and keep a bag of unsalted mixed nuts and raisens in my desk to snack on, but lately I've got into the habit of buying a sandwhich and fruit from the shop. At the moment I just keep a stock of semi skimmed milk in the work fridge and drink that throughout the day - it holds over any hunger pangs.
I keep dum-dum pops in my car for when I have a craving for sweets - only 20 calories a pop! Not a meal replacement, but a treat.
I have 2 finger kit kats for my chocolate cravings (107 cals), go ahead yoghurt break bars (73 cals), wotsits - crisps (95 cals) and also chewing gum for the times when I sort of want to snack but not really.
I don't deny myself anything, I just find the lowest calorie and size versions possible so that if I do want to snack I can satisfy and not destroy my work for the day.
I also have fruit pottles sometimes, they are only 60 calories per pot and a serving of fruit and keep for weeks and weeks in your drawer.
I always buy these packs of blue almond diamonds from the little shop in the bottom of my building. The problem is, it has 260 cals in it, and even if I only eat a serving, by the end of the day I've polished off the whole bag. I try to bring healthy snacks but when they are in my desk drawer I eat sooo much mroe of them. Starting today I am keeping them in the fridge in the kitchen, which is down two corridors from my desk. Hopefully it will keep me away from naughty treats, but I will also limit my consumption. I usually also have 1 apple a day, either as AM or PM snack (usually PM, just before leaving).
I also like laughing cow cheese wedge with 3-4 crackers, makes a nice snack. Other types of nuts, dark choc squares for a little somethign sweet in the afternoon. My building also has bulk candy and sometimes if I am craving something sweet I get about 5 mini yogurt pretzels for a snack. I assume its about 100 cals, could be a bit more maybe? Oh also fat free yogurts are wonderful snacks, lately I like the breyers 100 cal ones with the little cruncy things you top them with. A bit smaller than a dannon light and fit, but the crunchies make it oh-so-good!
I eat breakfast at home and pack my lunch every day, but I keep snacks in my desk. My desk always has:
-rice cakes (various flavors)
-natural apple sauce
-granola bars (3 different brands/types... like chocolatey, fruity, cerealy)
I hope that helps.
container of mixed granola, carrot sticks, banana, apple, container of cranberry juice.
100 calorie bags of popcorn, plain oatmeal, natural peanut butter and granola bars. In my mini-fridge, yogurt, cheese, crackers (they get stale if I leave them out) and cereal to put in the yogurt.
I have muffins and salad and EAS shake in the fridge. I bring food for the week! :D
- Oatmeal & Blueberries
- gum/mints (sometimes you're not hungry and just need a taste of something minty...helps me avoid unexplained hunger/cravings)
- mini bagels
- PB&J (made from fresh fruit and non-overly processed peanut butter)
I'm the go-to girl here at work when someone is hungry. I keep the blue diamond nuts at my desk, plus usually 4-5 different boxes of different types of bars such as Special K meal replacement bars, fiberone bars, Kashi go lean protein bars, and right now a special treat are my Chex Mix turtle mix bars. And in the fridge I usually have my fiberone or weight watchers yogurt, sometimes some milk, and a box of cereal. I keep this place better stocked with low cal/healthy snacks than I do my own home. I also have a lot of those different drink mix packets, some of them with the protein and fiber.
Kashi chewy granola cereal bars is a staple. Also right now I have animal crackers and some dehydrated apple slices. I don't really like the apple things, but I had them left over from my hurricane-preparedness kit from last year.
I have a Nutrigrain bar (that I won't eat), some packets of green tea, a barrel of Quaker Instant Oats, Splenda, Thin Matzo Crackers, Skippy Reduced Fat Creamy and Pepperidge Farms Whole Wheat english muffins. In the fridge I only have a packet of string cheese. I have a tendancy to get my breakfast from the cafeteria, but its usually pretty good (cream of wheat or scrambled eggs and an apple), and eat out at lunch too (but usually tuna sushi rolls from my local grocery store).
I have breakfast at home and bring lunch and snacks to work.
I've got special K cereal incase I need an emergency bowl of cereal before the gym straight from work.
Usually fruit on my desk.
I pack my lunch daily. Along with that I keep almonds in my desk at work and if I am having a carb attack, I also have rice cakes. In case of emergency, I keep a protein bar in my purse at all times.
Got to have myself covered!
I have Special K bar (Strawberry), Grapes (Green), Instant oatmeal and Sierra Mist Free diet soda.
My desk drawer? Its full of the the recipes I haven't logged into my monthly budget yet. ~_~
LOL!... I looked in my desk drawer and found a tube of toothpaste, toothbrush, a packet of paracetamols and a box of sticking plasters. Riveting. I never have snacks in the desk drawer, just bring lunch each day and make do with that.
Desk drawer - almonds, dried fruit, 100 cal popcorn, special k bars, whole wheat crackers
Fridge - fruit, fat free cream cheese, yogurt
I am on a low fat cottage cheese, wheat thins and fruit kick for my snacks! So yummy! It's a good thing we have a fridge here at work. If not that, then almonds or nuts. Boy, 5 years ago I would've been pissed off if that was all I had for a snack :)
In my drawer at work, you'll find:
Agave Nectar (for the tea)
Balance Bars (cookie dough and chocolate raspberry fudge)
The balance bars are a staple wherever I go: 200 calories and 15-16g protein, which for a pescatarian who rarely gets to eat fish is pretty great. I eat very light and very early breakfasts (100-200 calories), and I commute an hour to work, so I tend to get hungry mid-morning, and the bars do a good job of satisfying my hunger while still being pretty healthy.
I drink the tea in the morning (it has caffeine), and in the afternoon switch to herbal tea. Agave nectar is pretty sweet, so it only takes about 1/4 of a tablespoon to sweeten 8-12 oz of tea, and the tea itself is delicious and keeps me awake. Between the taste and the fact that tea is always oddly filling, drinking tea keeps me from noshing all day long.
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