Healthy snacking at work

shutterstock_6219841Be prepared! When the urge hits to snack out at work, having items packed in your lunch bag will keep you away from the vending machines and those extra calories. Here are 10 healthy snack ideas to take to work:

  1. Veggies with Ranch Dressing. Pack a container with fresh veggies like carrots, celery, and grape tomatoes. Their high water content makes raw veggies a great snack to fill you up. Don’t like them plain? Try dipping them in low-fat ranch dressing.
  2. Instant Oatmeal. If you’re rushed  at work and want something warm, comforting and quick, try heating a packet of plain instant oatmeal in the microwave.  Choose plain oatmeal and add your own flavourings. Top with a mini box of raisins to add some sweetness then sprinkle with cinnamon.
  3. Creamy Chocolate Coffee. When it’s coffee time, instead of running out for an expensive and high-fat latte, take  2-3 Tbsp. Chocolate TOFUTTI PREMIUM® non-dairy frozen dessert, a dash of cinnamon and float it on top of your freshly-brewed coffee for a nice creamy beverage.
  4. Sour Supreme Baked Potato. This is quick, easy and low-cal. Take a whole washed potato and “zap” in the microwave. Split it while hot and top with a generous portion of Tofutti Sour Supreme.
  5. Fruit. What can be more satisfying and easier than fruit? Grab an apple, banana, pear, grapes, or other portable fruit on your way out in the morning. The average serving of fruit is around 70 calories. Add some protein with a TOFUTTI SOY CHEESE SLICES.
  6. Nuts. Craving crunch? Choose nuts over chips. This is a heart-healthy snack but be careful with the amount because they are calorie-dense.  A handful is all you need. Measure out an ounce, which equals 24 almonds, for example, and bag them.
  7. Cucumber-Cheese Bites. Cucumbers are a great substitute for crackers.  Top them off with a little of Tofutti’s Better than Cream Cheese and walnuts for a protein-packed crunch.
  8.  Salsa and Pita Chips. Combine salsa and a fresh avocado together to make a quick and easy guacamole.
  9. Strawberry-Hazelnut Graham. Satisfy your sweet tooth at snack time with a few graham crackers topped off with a chocolate-hazelnut spread and sliced strawberries.
  10. Mini Pitas with Hummus. You can make your own or buy your favourite store brand. Hummus is made from chickpeas, which is a great source of soluble fiber. Take two tablespoons of hummus and spread it over three mini pita rounds for a 150 calorie snack.