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Snacking at Work

Keep your desk drawers properly stocked with these snack ideas that you can make while on the job or even at home and bring along.

10 Tips for Smart Office Snacking
  1. Don’t go for more than four hours without eating. If lunch gets delayed, have a little snack (piece of fruit, a couple of peanut butter crackers). This way, you stay ahead of the munchies and you won’t overeat at your next meal.
  2. When the munchies do hit, drink a glass of water first, wait five minutes and then decide if you still need something.
  3. Bring your own portioned-out snacks from home.
  4. Stay out of the break room. That’s where leftovers lurk! And avoid vending machines.
  5. Drink something warm—from tea or low-cal hot chocolate to brothy soups or even a mug of steamy V8® 100% Vegetable Juices, warm liquids satisfy.
  6. Have a handful of pretzels or raw nuts when you need a crunchy fix.
  7. Keep a jar of peanut butter and some Pepperidge Farm® Baked Naturals crackers in your desk.
  8. Make a package of instant oatmeal (low sugar varieties are preferred).
  9. Take a walk around the floor or up and down a flight of stairs before eating something.
  10. As basic as it sounds, always eat meals. Start the day with breakfast and don’t work through lunch. Snack attacks are more likely when you haven’t fueled up properly.
More than a Snack

When you need something more substantial than a few carrot sticks to tide you over until dinner, consider a protein snack. The combination of protein, fat and fiber can help slow digestion and help you feel full so you can get through an afternoon slump.

  • Lettuce leaves or rounds of cucumber topped with a spoonful of tuna or chicken salad
  • A hard-cooked egg
  • Cottage cheese spread on a Pepperidge Farm® 7-Grain Deli Flat and topped with sliced fresh fruit (like ripe peaches or strawberries) and a drizzle of honey
  • Cantaloupe or honeydew melon wedges wrapped with thinly sliced lean ham
  • Spears of cooked asparagus wrapped with thinly sliced deli turkey or roast beef
  • Pace® Salsa or a bit of mustard spread on a slice of deli turkey and wrapped around a Pepperidge Farm® Snack Stick or piece of string cheese
  • Take time to read labels. Limit foods high in saturated fat and cholesterol—even though a product is labeled as low-fat, it may have more sugar or calories than you want to consume. Labels can help you navigate sometimes murky nutritional waters.
  • Plan for your snack attack so you’re ready for it when it hits. That way you won’t succumb to less nutritious vending machine options that could derail your good eating efforts.
  • Be diligent about portioning out snacks so that you don’t overdo it.
  • Put a bowl of fresh fruit on the table and dip into it whenever you feel a twinge of hunger. If fruit is within reach and accessible, you’ll be more likely to opt for it first.
  • To keep blood sugar levels steady, snack on a complex carbohydrate and protein together, such as a piece of low-fat cheese with Pepperidge Farm® Baked Naturals whole grain crackers or a tablespoon of peanut butter spread on slices of apple.