Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Snacks and Fruit

Very few snacks available in the snack machine are healthy so I decided to "seed" my office with healthier types of snacks. This picture is of a drawer in my desk that I filled with some better choices. Included in the stash are:

  • 100 calorie Pretzel packs

  • Nuts

  • Various types of bars (mostly have been in my stash of bars for workouts that seem to not be in the most favored category)

  • Fig Newtons.

  • A pack of sugar free gum (a trick from the biggest loser) that I chew on when I have the mental munchies (note "mental munchies" are when you know you aren't hungry but need something to eat anyway. Why? Just the diet gods messing with you.)


  • In the never ending quest to improve my diet, this week I'm planning on branching out even more and stopping by the fruit stand outside my building. I’m not a big fan of fruit but I figured I would start introducing some into my diet and see what happens. I've tried a few fruit cups recently and have recently branched out with the previously mentioned newtons but this is going for the real deal.

    First up, a banana. Not banana bread, banana flavored Gu or a banana split hold the banana with extra chocolate but a real "see light, push button, get banana" banana. I'm sure that a Snickers bar or a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup have nothing to fear but my palate may be irreparably harmed.

    Wish me luck.

    12 comments:

    KC (my 140 point 6 mile journey) said...

    Funny as i read this, i'm eating a individual pack of fig newtons. I usually take them on my long rides along with gu's but just had the urge for something sweet. It's good that you are keeping healthier options at arms length. I love fruit but try to eat it early rather than late.

    Carolina John said...

    I keep plenty of healthy snacks in my desk too. and a few unhealthy ones.... but yes. gum does the trick very often.

    Diane said...

    I like the fig newton idea. I keep snacks in my drawer too - recently gave away all the Girl Scout cookies that were in there. Too much trouble. I keep a big jar of peanut butter in my drawer for emergency times when my blood sugar crashes, I love bananas and sometimes have the two together. Add a slice of whole wheat bread and that's one of my favorite snacks!

    Carly said...

    Great ideas for snacks. I hit the vending machine far too often.

    Big Clyde said...

    Good thinking, Rock. My favorite snack is now pink lady apples. They are red, not too sweet, and crunchy. I just keep a bunch in the fridge, ready to go.

    How's the new gig?

    Julie said...

    Your desk stash is looking pretty darn good:) I approve of your healthy choices!

    Lisa said...

    I do something similar. I have a variety of Zone Perfect bars in my drawer at work, but they need to be broken in half to make a good snack (too many calories otherwise).

    Great planning on your part!

    teacherwoman said...

    You're desk drawer looks a bit like mine! Great minds think alike! And I love that gum idea! I saw that on the BL too!

    Glaven Q. Heisenberg said...

    I eat fruit everyday and when I was a kid, a banana, to me, was as good as candy.

    Sadly, so was candy. Sigh.

    Good luck.

    Your Mets are in first now.

    Tri Mommy said...

    fruit is actually one of my favorite snacks... bananas, apples, oranges, strawberries, peaches, plums, dried apricots... I'm not a fan of melon for some reason... but anyway. Try it all and see what you like. An apple with a piece of low fat cheddar is one of my absolute favorite snacks.

    Ok. I just made myself hungry...

    Al's CL Reviews said...

    I'm not a fruit fan either.

    Caratunk Girl said...

    I need to do better on the food front - start by doing something like you are doing, good work. I do love fruit, but also love the new dark chocolate snickers. And around here, the snickers are easier to come by then a banana. I am working on it though - good luck to you. OH and thanks for stopping by my blog! I am trying hard to rest my calf.