Going into the office can provide a number of temptations. Some days your boss might bring in donuts or other sugary snacks, or you might even get stuck trying to figure out how not to seem "weird" at a pizza party. We know it's all meant to be good-natured and fun, but it can be a real challenge for those trying to get their health under control.
If the food that is available doesn't seem like it would be compliant with your diet, it is sometimes best to come prepared. Below are 12 easy snacks that are McDougall Diet compliant - courtesy of the McDougall Friend's Facebook group.
- Fruit. This one is a no brainer, but bringing raw, organic fruit to work is one of the easiest solutions available to us. Apples, pears, grapes, bananas, oranges, etc. are all great snacks as they are naturally sweet - but not filled with unnecessary additives. They also are low calorie, so if your trying to lose weight, they won't negatively impact your progress.
- Veggies. As you can see, I'm getting the simple items out of the way. Celery, cucumbers, carrots, etc. all make for great workday snacks. Sometimes I take a small bag of baby carrots and eat throughout the day. They taste great and are good for your health, too.
- No butter or salt popcorn. Popcorn has come to be synonymous with the extra buttery kind that we can get at movie theaters at egregious prices, but if you go to the grocery store and seek out unsalted (or lightly salted) and no butter options, popcorn can make for a satisfying and healthy mid-day snack. Most offices provide a microwave, so preparing won't be difficult.
- Cherrios. Most breakfast cereals are littered with sugar and other unnecessary additives - but plain old Cherrios make for a fairly healthy option. Fill up a bag and take along to work, and you can snack all day.
- Potato Fries. A staple in my plant-smart kitchen are homemade fries. You can make with red, white, or sweet potatoes. Prepare the night before and put in a snack bag. You can take along a condiment such as ketchup to dip and eat during the day at work.
- Pancakes. Not all pancakes are made the same, but if you get an organic, vegan-friendly option, pancakes can actually make a great and filling afternoon snack. You can even make it a 2nd breakfast if the need is really there and bring a plastic plate, fork, and some organic maple syrup too.
- Snack Factory Organic Pretzel Crisps. Pretzels generally provide a good snack option for us plant-based dieters. You can buy snack sized portions in bulk and bring one with you to work each day. One of the simplest options available for light snacking.
- Mary's Organic Crackers. You don't need to be sick to enjoy some crackers. Mary's Organic Crackers are great because they are vegan friendly, and minimize additives that can creep into some brands.
- Rice Cakes. I sometimes forget these exist as they do not seem to be as popular as they once were, but no doubt they make for a great snack. Just avoid artificially flavored or colored options when possible.
- Tea or coffee substitute. Some folks don't feel the need to eat at work, and often just spend the day drinking cup after cup of coffee. For those individuals, consider some fresh organic tea or a coffee alternative to help escape the caffeine addiction prison.
- Whole grain bagel. Bagels can be really satisfying and nutritious, and make for a great snack while at work with all the energy they can provide. Eat one plain, or be creative with the vegan toppings you use - like hummus.
- Homemade oat bars. Oats remain one of my diet staples, and it is easy to make some simple oatmeal bars in bulk to use throughout the week. The best part about making your own snacks is that you have total control over what you are eating, and are not tricked by any unexpected additives.
I'm sure you can think of some other great, McDougall Diet friendly snacking options. What are your favorite snacks during the week? Let me know in the comment section below!