SPARTANBURG — Sometimes it seems that we work 24/7 these days, spending most of our time at the office, in our cubicle or work station, staring into a computer.
This sedentary, but demanding lifestyle can leave us feeling drained and in bad need of a pick-me-up. All too often, unfortunately, people turn to junk food for that pick-me-up, the sugar giving them a quick jolt of energy the prove fleeting, leaving even more drained and in need of another sugar fix.
Why not try something healthier? Why not try some snacks that will not only help perk you up but be good for you as well?
The following are some suggested healthier snacks that you can bring with you to work to have on hand when you need a pick-me-up or two.
Emergency Snack Stash
These are low-perishable snacks to keep on-hand:
• Dried fruits (apples, apricots, raisins)
• Peanut butter
• Trail mix of nuts, dried fruit, and pretzels
• Instant oatmeal packets
• 100% whole grain crackers
• Individual fruit or applesauce cups (the shelf-stable kind) with no added sugar
S.U.P.E.R. Snack Shopping List
Tip: Use above fruits within a week of purchase.
— Raisins (Packs of 6 individual 1.5 oz boxes)
— Dried apples (individual 1 oz. bags or larger bag)
— Individual fruit or applesauce cups (shelf-stable kind) no added sugar.
Apples, organes, grapes, and pears can be refrigerated but it is not necessary to do so.
Raisins, dried apples, and individual fruit or applesauce cups have an extended shelf life.
— Grape tomatoes
— Sugar snap peas
Tip: Keep refrigerated and use within 1-2 weeks.
Carrots, cucumber, and sugar snap peas must be kept refrigerated but while grape tomatoes can be refrigerated it is not necessary.
— Cottage cheese (pack of 4 individual 4 oz.)
— Cheese sticks
— Light cream cheese wedges
Tip: Keep refrigerated and check dates — these will last around 2 to 3 weeks.
— 100% whole-grain crackers
— Whole-wheat, high-fiber 6-inch tortillas
— Multigrain rice cakes
Whole-grain crackers and multgrain rice cakes have an extended shelf life.
— Trail mix (fruit & nut)
— Peanut butter
— Almonds (individual 1 oz. bags of almonds)
Trail mix, peanut butter, and almonds all have an extended shelf life.
• Kitchen tools (if needed)
— 1/4, 1/2 measuring cups
— Small plastic containers
— Plastic baggies
Power Lunch Ideas
— Veggie Wrap with Edemame and Peaches
— Turky Pita with Aocado and Grapes
— Peat and Walnut Chicken Salad
— Steak n’ Strawberry Spinach Salad
— Pasta Primavera Salad
— 2 Bean Salad with Tomato and Cucumber
This story was submitted by Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System and is based on information from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.