Hi friends! Happy Friday! Today I thought I would jump on the blogging bandwagon and give you a little Five on Friday. I am introducing you to a very personal part of me…My snack drawer.
The weird part is that I always bring my lunch and it usually contains at least 2 or 3 homemade snacks. I have an obsession with my lunch box (post for another day) and really do enjoy prepping my lunches for the week, but still I am a chronic snacker. First things first I had to recognize the problem. Done. Then I had to come up with a game plan. It’s this game plan which I’d like to share with you today.
Like a lot of people, I eat when I am bored. I know I’m supposed to work on changing this and recognizing I am eating because I am bored but that just doesn’t work for me. Some people say to just bring what you will eat. You know what that results in? A visit to the convenience store located in the lobby of my building that has a torturous wall of chips, cookies, candy bars etc…For the most part I don’t actually crave these foods, but don’t for a second think that if I am in my “hangry” state I won’t eat a Snickers Bar. It’s happened on more than one occasion…
So instead of avoiding food, I figure I may as well surround myself with healthy options. That way if I am going to binge while spending 8 hours staring at an excel spreadsheet, I may as well eat things that are good for me. By no means am I preaching eating unlimited quantities of even healthy foods. Everything in moderation my friends. This is something I am still working on myself.
So which foods make the cut? The #1 thing I look for is sugar content. I avoid refined sugar entirely so anything that has added sugar ain’t makin’ it into the drawer. Natural sugars are fine…the drawer can’t be that exclusive. In general I just don’t like foods that are overly-processed. Some snacks are more sustaining for when I am actually hungry while others are there for when I am just eating to eat.
Because it is Five on Friday I thought I would share with you the top five food staples in my snack drawer.
1. Bare Apple Chips-These totally curb my sweet and crunchy cravings all at once. They are completely organic and have no added sugar. I found them at Home Sense and basically bought out all their inventory.
2. Seapoint Farm’s Energy Blend-I have to thank my Mom for this Costco find. This really does give me energy and when I need a “real” snack to tide me over this definitely does the trick. Plus I love dried edamame. I usually portion this out into bags otherwise I would eat the whole container!
3. Popcorn-My go-to snack when I am just eating to eat. I usually know this is happening but I don’t have enough will-power to stop myself. I think my co-workers would hate me if I tried popping popcorn in the office so I usually air pop some at home and bring it to work or I go for a lighter store-bought option like Skinny Pop.
4. Dark Chocolate– I like mine more than 70%. My favourites? Lindt 85% Cocoa or any of the flavours from Chocosol. Check to make sure the first ingredient is not sugar (preferably no sugar). This is perfect for fixing those sweet tooth cravings that always hit after a big meal.
When all else fails a cup of tea usually hits the spot 🙂
Do you have a snack drawer? What are your favourite foods to snack on?