Dear 100 Hour Board,
Low-calorie snack ideas? I'm trying to lose a little bit of weight but find that I get hungry at work in the afternoon and need an alternative to like... chips.
-My Name Here
It's basic, but I love fruits and veggies for snacks. Clementines, apple slices, carrots, and cucumbers are all great. I also particularly love dried fruits like craisins, raisins, dried mangos, etc.
Protein shakes are a great go-to snack. They're easy to pop out anywhere, and there are a lot of flavors that usually taste pretty good. My favorite brand is Premier Protein, and I haven't been disappointed yet by any of their flavors.
Dried fruit slices are also a good snack option, and I think they're easier than fresh fruit. You can just keep a bag of dried apple or mango slices in your desk drawer, and you have a ready to go snack whenever you want! Almonds (or other nuts) are also nice and easy, and have more protein to keep you full.
If you have access to a fridge at work, I really like bringing snacks that require just a little bit of preparation right before eating. The prep work forces me to eat more mindfully because I have to slow down and think about whether or not I’m still hungry before I prepare each one. Things like hard boiled eggs, ants on a log, or cheese and deli meat on crackers work really well for me.
If that’s not going to work for you, just know that rice cakes are the bomb. Mott’s applesauce squeeze packets are also really good, even if I kind of feel like a three year old eating them.
Hummus is actually really easy to make, and fairly cheap. It makes for a perfect combo with carrot, peppers, snap peas, or celery. Heres my super simple hummus recipe:
- 1 can garbanzo beans
- 2-3 Tablespoons Olive Oil
- 1 1/2 Tablespoons Tahini, Sunflower Butter, or Peanut Butter
- Enough Water, Vegetable Stock, or Chicken Stock to get the desired consistency
Seasonings to taste (you can use anything, but this is what I use)
- Garlic (fresh or powder)
- Parsley (fresh or powder)
- Lemon juice (or sumac powder if you’ve got i it)
Step 1: Drain your garbanzo beans
Step 2: Add about half your garbanzo beans, all the oil, and about 1/2 cup of your liquid of choice
(If you have a really powerful blender you can add it in all at once)
Step 3: Add rest of the beans and blend adding liquid until you get your preferred hummus consistency
Step 4: Add in spices to taste. I know this is vague, but you’ve had hummus before right? You know what it tastes like. Add in maybe 1 tsp at a time and adjust. You can always add more, but you can’t take it out
Step 5: Portion into tiny containers for your daily snacks or else you will probably eat the blender of hummus with a spoon in one sitting.
Hopefully this helps! I love it cause it’s minimal cooking, and it makes me actually look forward to eating my vegetables.