One of the biggest challenges I have in the office is the constant barrage of free food. Candy, cookies, pizza, all kinds of leftover holiday treats as well as other things are left in common areas for all to enjoy. Most of it is not even remotely healthy, yet saying no to it is not my strong suit. Some days my lunch salad simply sits in the communal fridge while I munch down the free pizza that was left over from a meeting or was brought in as a special treat. My willpower is sometimes a bit weak for these delicious but admittedly bad-for-you foods.
As somebody who does attempt to stay in shape and lead a healthy lifestyle, what I eat matters! I have noticed that the options available to you in the office have slowly gotten healthier if the breakroom is stocked the way it should be. Granola bars, nuts, low fat, and all natural snacks that lack or have very few preservatives are now readily available and at a reasonable cost. Manufacturers have realized this trend and are increasing their healthy offerings every year, making it easy for those who are stocking breakrooms to find a variety of great snacks. This month let’s dive into some healthier alternatives!
Best New Item: Goldfish Sweet Savory Variety Pack
This month’s best new item goes to a snack that is universally enjoyed by the young and the old, Pepperidge Farm’s Goldfish! This takes on one of my favorite snacks includes 4 varieties for a total of a whopping 45 single serving packs. With a sweet and savory mix, you’re sure to satisfy whatever craving you are having at that moment. Varieties like Flavor Blasted Cheddar, Pretzel, Vanilla Cupcake Graham as well as the kid favorite – Cheddar Colors round out a delicious box of treats. For peace of mind, there are no artificial preservatives or flavors. Perfect for a quick breakroom snack!
Unsung Hero: Orchard Valley Harvest Go-Go Keto Trail Mix
I had no idea this one existed until recently, which makes it our unsung hero of the month. If you’re active and are mindful of your protein and healthy fats intake, this is the snack for you. With a healthy combination of almonds, peanuts, walnuts, pecans with a bit of dark chocolate, you’ll be packing 7 grams of plant-based protein into each serving. Naturally gluten-free, this amazing snack is also perfectly Kosher, Non-GMO certified as well as free of all artificial colors and preservatives. This very well may be the perfect snack.
Product Most Likely to be Found in My Home: Blue Diamond Almonds Grab & Go Bags
Almonds are having a moment! No longer is an almond just another nut in the mixed nuts that sit on the bar – now they are healthy food and a wonderful snack! In my house, I like to keep a good supply of Blue Diamond Almonds because they are the perfect snack at any time of the day. Best of all, I love all the flavors! Spicy, savory, and sweet – I’ll eat them all. In my opinion, almonds are top notch because they have protein and healthy fats. I keep the On-the-Go punches on hand so I can grab them and go! The natural original might just be my favorite, but shhhh, don’t tell the other flavors that!
This month’s MVP is the big dog… from none other than the Snack Box Pros (and a Mason’s Favorites!), The Healthy Snack Box! This big boy is packed to the brim with delicious and healthy snacks for guilt free pleasure. Trail mix, Nuts, Clif bars, pretzels, kettle corn, pita chips and a whole lot more, rounding out a whopping 38 snack offering! A nice alternative to sugary snacks, you’ll be able to pull something different every day from this smorgasbord of treats.
That’ll do it for this month’s Fabulous Four. Now go grab yourself a snack and make friends with your co-workers. Just be mindful of what you’re eating and look for those healthy alternatives!