TGIF! We’re currently in Dallas for the weekend to see some friends–it’s my 10 year high school reunion! I’m not sure how time has flown this quickly but it’s definitely weird to think I’ve been out of school (and living away from home) for a decade. As always, Tex-Mex and In ‘N Out are on the agenda, as is a visit to Amy Berry’s new store–it just opened this week and I’m so glad the timing worked out how it did with our trip! I’ll definitely share some highlights on Instagram!
Like many of you, I work a traditional 9-5 office job and pack my lunch + snacks nearly every day. I’m not a coffee drinker so other than a lunch break or two a week spent at a coffee shop working on the blog + emails for a few minutes, stepping out for coffee or snack breaks isn’t usually a high priority for me. I’ll always jump at the opportunity to go for a walk and get some fresh air, but prefer to save a few bucks by not buying food out during the workday whenenver possible. That being said, I wanted to share some of my favorite go-to weekday snacks…they’re inexpensive, easy to transport, and don’t require prep time the morning-of. A note that these are the more…creative?…snacks…we’ll sometimes take baby carrots, berries, or a cut up apple, so basics like those aren’t included below! I’m also weird and prefer to snack on things that can be eaten with a utensil because I don’t like getting food on my keyboard. If you’re in the same boat, I’ve got ya covered :)
SkinnyPop White Cheddar Popcorn
This popcorn is addicting! I typically only buy it when it’s on sale, which luckily it is fairly often at Whole Foods. A cup is only 100 calories and while it’s not the most filling snack, I like having something crunchy with my lunch and it keeps well in a tupperware if I don’t end up eating it the same day.
Trader Joe’s Roasted Plantain Chips
These are one of the best things you can buy for under $2! We buy a bag every week and both J and I love them. They’re great plain, but they also pair wonderfully with magic green sauce, guacamole, and Laughing Cow cheese! They recently released a jerk-style variety that’s good if you’re really looking for a kick.
Peanut Butter Oatmeal Energy Balls
These are actually my own recipe–they’re easy to make a head on Sunday and will last throughout the week! I store them in an airtight container in the fridge and portion out 2 or 3 for each of us for work. They’re a good post-lunch sweet treat or afternoon pick me up…they’re addicting, though. Consider yourself warned! (Here’s a version with dried cranberries, if that’s more up your alley.)
Rice cake with peanut butter
This is actually more of a breakfast combination for me but I leave a bag of rice cakes (buy them at Trader Joe’s, they’re cheapest!) and a jar of peanut butter at my desk. They’re a great easy, light yet filling combination…don’t forget to add raisins or dried cranberries if you have them!
Trader Joe’s Mini Cheese Sandwich Crackers
I’m pretty sure these crackers have zero nutritional value but they’re one of my favorite snacks! We don’t buy them often since we’ll both tear through the box too quickly, so when we do get them, I’ll throw a few in with the plantain chips or do a mix with peanut butter-filled pretzels or sesame sticks. The peanut butter ones are good, too, and both remind me of my childhood!
Even though nuts at Trader Joe’s are more affordable than they are elsewhere, they can still add up so we try and stick with one, sometimes two varieties at a time since our favorites (namely macadamia nuts and cashews) tend to be on the pricier side. I’ll typically mix them into with another one of the snacks above or portion them out in a small container so we don’t mindlessly eat half the bag at once! If you want something with a similar crunch that’s less expensive and not as fatty, consider the TJ’s Sesame Sticks (they’re located by the chips).
By the way, these are my favorite snack containers (you can get a full set, too). What are your go-to easy snacks? There’s nothing worse than getting sick of what you’ve bought mid-week, so I like to try and keep things as interesting as possible to avoid an impulse mid-afternoon pastry purchase. Share them below so we can all get some new ideas!