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Favorite Office Snack Ideas

Posted: Tue Jan 20, 2015 4:30 am UTC
by sardia
I'm running into a problem with my new duties at work. I used to be able to take a 15 minute break or so to properly eat a healthy snack. That, and I had an office where I worked alone so I felt more comfortable eating something elaborate. Now I'm crammed into a cubicle with 8 people, and there's not a lot of room or privacy. What's a good snack I can grab and eat? Preferably shelf stable and portable enough to stay in my desk due to my lack of time and being in a public place. I have a company kitchen, but I rarely have time to get anything except when I walk in, or when I head to lunch.

What I usually snack on:
English Muffin w/jam
Toaster strudel
Beef jerky
various bags of chips in very crinkly bags and/or messy.
Peanut butter w/ vegetable
Various fruits
Reheated fastfood cheeseburgers
Nutella & toast

With my very public location, combined with my lack of time...most of those options are out.
I'm left with:
some grapes I bring to my desk
Beef jerky (small bags only)
snack pack version of chips?
Jar of pretzels? (to maintain freshness)

In the maybe column, something very calorie dense but I can leave my desk to eat fast.
Reheated cheeseburgers (30s in microwave, 30 secs to scarf down, chase with tea at my desk)

My coworkers either smoke, eat canned fruit, or grab something from the vending machines. I'm not against these things, but I rather be more economical with my time and money. Any suggestions? Maybe some nuts?
Edit: No sweets please.

Re: Favorite Office Snack Ideas

Posted: Tue Jan 20, 2015 4:44 am UTC
by poxic
I've been making mini-wraps with filling that can sit in my backpack for a few hours. Put stuff on a 6" whole wheat tortilla, roll up and pack. I put plastic around mine but you can jam a few into a sandwich container with toothpicks to hold them closed. Take out of the fridge in the morning and bung into the backpack/cargo pocket.

- Peanut butter and [favourite PB companion]. Also almond and/or other nut butter.
- Mustard, veggie "meat" slices, cheese and greens. (Don't know how fast real meat would go off since I don't use it.)
- Homous and black beans with interesting bits in: tomato, cucumber, feta, olives, whatever you like.

Note that these don't hold much filling. You can get the larger tortillas if you want more than a snack. If the problem is that you can't sit there and take several bites of a thing, you can try cutting the rolls into slices. Pretend it's an appetizer.

Also in my backpack: granola and/or protein bars, nuts and dried fruit, and sometimes a single-serving size yogurt. (Usually much better to buy plain and mix your own fruit in.)

Re: Favorite Office Snack Ideas

Posted: Tue Jan 20, 2015 9:01 pm UTC
by sardia
Does the hummus or dips work sitting on a desk? Nuts seem the way to go.

Re: Favorite Office Snack Ideas

Posted: Tue Jan 20, 2015 11:55 pm UTC
by poxic
Humous can be sandwich spread as well as a dip. That's mostly how I use it.

Re: Favorite Office Snack Ideas

Posted: Wed Jan 21, 2015 5:49 pm UTC
by Sandry
Hummus is not exactly intended as shelf stable, but I find it to basically work okay if it hangs out for a few hours. It's vegan, so there's not a lot of stuff that goes off very quickly in it.

In addition to some of the other suggestions here that are my faves (particularly fresh fruit of whatever stripe), I would add dried fruit as something you can have around almost perpetually without issues (and there are awesome, delicious options like mango... if you can get them without too much sugar, anyhow). Also reasonable would be something like peanut butter and crackers, I sometimes keep oatmeal around as something reconstitutable using water and a microwave, or just hot water our office has for people who drink tea.

Re: Favorite Office Snack Ideas

Posted: Wed Jan 21, 2015 9:58 pm UTC
by sardia
Good idea, I'll try some dried cranberries n nuts.

Re: Favorite Office Snack Ideas

Posted: Thu Jan 22, 2015 4:54 am UTC
by PAstrychef
You can also make your own protein/meal bars. At one point I made up a batch of Thai-spiced turkey based ones for a friend who likes the portability but had gotten tired of the all sweet all the time options.
If you're working in the US you are allowed a 15 minute break every four hours, on the clock. It's federal labor law, and covers all jobs. So if you need time for a snack, you take it, and talk to your boss about the law if they complain.

Re: Favorite Office Snack Ideas

Posted: Wed Feb 11, 2015 4:31 pm UTC
by Sprocket
Today I brought hard boiled eggs to keep at work.

I don't know why people get so worried about eating the yellows of eggs and such. One whole egg is a mere 78 calories.
A two or three egg omelet is a perfectly reasonable meal if you don't add an absurd amount of cheese or fatty meat, and do add a healthy serving of vegetables.

Re: Favorite Office Snack Ideas

Posted: Sat Feb 14, 2015 4:51 pm UTC
by SurgicalSteel
Thing's I've kept at the office for snacking:
  • Cereal bars
  • Pop tarts (since they're in packs of two, eat one in the morning and one in the afternoon)
  • Bag of craisins
  • Box of un/lightly seasoned small crackers (lightly seasoned so that I don't get shit on my fingers and then my keyboard, the crunching might be annoying to your co-workers if you're in real close proximity though)
  • Jack Links Nuggets (I like the nuggets because they're easier to chew and you can eat them in two or three small bites instead of chewing on a big piece of jerky for 20 minutes)

Also, PastryChef is right about the 15 minute break. If your boss isn't allowing you to take 10 or 15 minutes to go eat something (or really anything else you want, within reason) in the kitchenette, you have a right to complain and get lawyers involved. Although I might not jump straight to lawyers.