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Ideas for snacks at office

I'm looking for snacks I can keep stashed in my desk at my office that will keep me from being hungry & that don't need refrigerated/aren't perishable. I've done the snack popcorn bags, pretzels, and I'm not crazy about tuna. I'm at a little bit of a loss.

Any ideas??

Wed. Nov 1, 11:35am

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trail mix, granola bares, pirates booty (really yummy)

Wednesday, November 01, 2006, 11:45 AM

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I bring in a thermos of hot tea and drink it throughout the day. Helps me stay full without adding any calories!

Wednesday, November 01, 2006, 11:46 AM

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What's pirate booty?

I drink 64 oz of water during the day. That keeps the hunger off - and keeps me running to the bathroom very often. I agree with trail mix, peanuts, rasins, canned fruit, mini applesauce, crackers and peanut butter. One guy in my office has a box of crackers and spray cheese.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006, 11:52 AM

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I get Sunsweet prunes in 3-prune packages (60 calories);
also Pure Protein brand protein bars -- 170 to 190 calories, depending on flavor;
today I have spicy pumpkin seeds (200 calories per quarter cup -- good to be careful with those).
I also often bring a banana.


Wednesday, November 01, 2006, 12:00 PM

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Canned chicken (70 cal per 3 oz can) Little light ranch packets (20 cal) and Cracker of your choice... (ie reduced fat triscuit - 120cal per 7 crackers) Works as a lunch- works as a mini meal-- keeps you full, wont parish and is delish!

Also try:
fruit cups
cereal bars
instant oatmeal packets (just add hot water)
cereal with mini soy-milk boxes (no need to refridgerate before opening)
pudding cups (maybe too high cal for you though- I love 'em anyways)
canned soup
salmon in a pouch (skinless/boneless- like tuna, but soooo much better! next to tuna in the isle...)
Jar of peanut butter and mini bags of pretzels (excellent together and good healthy fats too)
Dried friut (like rasins, crasins, etc)
Easy Mac (again, not so good for diet, but better than a snickers bar or trip to Mickey D's)

Just get creative- anything can be done-- like if there is no microwave or hot water source bring in one of those 4 cup coffee makers- you don't need to make coffee, just run water through it to make it hot- great for tea, instant oatmeal, condesnsed soups, etc.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006, 12:14 PM

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Rice cakes are easy and really aren't bad

Wednesday, November 01, 2006, 12:15 PM

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I love the low fat Quaker Chewy Granola Bars especially the Oatmeal Raisin bars and they fit all your criteria and are very filling.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006, 12:59 PM

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i'm not the OP, but i was planning to start a thread on *healthy* nonperishable snacks i can keep in my dorm room... so thanks! all these suggestions are really great, and will totally help me out!

Wednesday, November 01, 2006, 1:04 PM

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OP here, thanks for all your suggestions! These are really great ideas!

Keep 'em coming!

Wednesday, November 01, 2006, 1:20 PM

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South Beach Cereal Bars - Peanut Butter flavor is the best. 140 calories and 10 grams of protein!

Wednesday, November 01, 2006, 4:44 PM

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another tip: a box of shredded wheat, a shaker of sea salt and a shaker of cinnamon sugar. if you want salty, shake salt on a cup of cereal and they're like crackers, if you want sweet, shake the cinnamon sugar on... adding your own is usually less than buying presweetened.

fruit leather, dates, figs, almonds, fantastic foods dehydrated soups

Thursday, November 02, 2006, 12:08 AM

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I just tried the South Beach bars and I have to wholeheartedly agree with the above poster - 10g of protein and 7g of fiber! They keep you satisfied for quite awhile. I like 100 cal mixed berry ones very well, but I'll have to try the peanut butter.

I also like wasa crackers and lite laughing cow cheese (which doesn't need refrigeration).

Thursday, November 02, 2006, 10:15 AM

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Speaking of protein bars, I really like the Chocolate-Almond-Raisin flavor from Zone Perfect. When I share bars with others, they usually go out of their way to tell me how much they liked them. I use them mid-afternoon if I'm hungry. They'll usually get me through to dinner.

Thursday, November 02, 2006, 1:12 PM

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Fresh fruit - as a snack is good way to fit 'em in.
Dry cereal
peanut butter - goes with fruit, celery, crackers, pretzels, etc.
nuts & seeds

Friday, November 03, 2006, 8:10 PM

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these are all terrific! any other ideas? (I'm not the OP but I find it useful to plan my snacks at the start of the week) :)

Sunday, November 12, 2006, 9:46 AM

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fruit is always the obvious answer but those freshly peeled and cut organic baby carrots are a phenomenal snack.

Thursday, November 30, 2006, 9:35 AM

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high protein dry roasted edamame-yummy

Thursday, November 30, 2006, 9:59 AM

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I love roasted edamame. One of my favs.

Thursday, November 30, 2006, 4:26 PM

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A Fresh Fruit Bowl would be your best bet

A colorful fresh fruit bowl filled with long-lasting fruits like bananas, red and green apples and a variety of pears would look beautiful in your office and could be shared with others. Fresh fruits would help you get those precious antioxidants into your system.

Sunday, December 03, 2006, 5:11 PM

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Sunflower Seeds would be a great snack!

Sunflower Seeds are a great source of protien and a natural source of HPT. Store them in a jar or in a sandwich bag. Healthy, healthy, healthy.

Sunday, December 03, 2006, 5:12 PM

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Jerkey can also be a good snack - not too high in cal, but full of protein; can get vegeterian at places like Whole Foods and Trader Joes, as well as the obvious beef and turkey - I've also seen salmon jerkey! (Pretty tasty.) And you can get them in a variety of flavors, from "plain" to BBQ, terayki, spicy...

I also like to make my own trail mix: soynuts, honey roasted peanuts, dried fruit bits, and mini M&Ms - just sweet enough to be a "reward" or dessert, but very healthy, too.

Hope this helps!

Sunday, December 03, 2006, 7:35 PM

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have a handful of your favorite nuts. it keeps you full and satisfied. you don't need that many, and they are so good for you!

Monday, December 04, 2006, 10:53 PM

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I found some dried figs at the sundry shop in my building (they have a green-grocery section and deli, which is nice).

I don't eat many, because they are very sweet to me, but at least it's not "high fructose corn syrup" and iit adds fiber to the diet, while also helping to curb the sweet tooth. (I'm more of a salt tooth, so 1 or 2 figs is enough for me.) (Plus it'
s better than the fig newtons).

Other snacks that I like to have on hand - Dry roasted almonds, peanuts in the shell (more messy and time-consuming, so you don't eat as many)--but watch out if someone in the office has a peanut allergy).

Sourdough pretzels (plain, no salt) tend to help my salt-tooth, but because they are so dry, I won't eat too many. :-)

Instant Miso Soup tastes good (if you like miso) and the Trader Joe's variety is excellent.) Plus it gives you the sensation of having eaten something-- and does not have too many calories.

Watch out though. Dried fruit is high in sugar and calories, and nuts can be as well, all is good in moderation--if you pre-measure your snacks into little baggies, you will be less prone to over eating. (I saw an experiment about that on one of the new shows.)

Tuesday, December 05, 2006, 7:26 PM

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Oh, yes, and I love fresh apples and bananas-- they fill you up, give you fiber AND are relatively low in calories! ;-)

Tuesday, December 05, 2006, 7:26 PM

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good snacks to keep in the office

-fruit and date popems
-any fruit or banana
-almond butter
-lara bars

Friday, October 05, 2007, 1:36 PM

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Friday, October 05, 2007, 2:28 PM

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goji berries. Absolutely love them.

And if you're like me, the thought of plain canned tuna/chicken makes you ill, you can find salad dressings (low cal or reg) and even mayo in small one time use packages that don't need to be refrigerated. You can keep those on hand to make things more palatable.

As for crackers, I LOVE my finncrisp- like actual finn crisp brand.

Friday, October 05, 2007, 3:24 PM

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