Whether it’s a salad, smoothie, carrot (or, let’s be honest, a bag of chips) – somebody is always snacking on something around here. I’m not sure whether it’s the brisk farm air or the fair distance we have to trot to and from the water fountain, but here at the Tata Harper offices, we’re snacking queens.We try to be good about it, too. You don’t see too much processed food around, and we opt for local, Middlebury-made chocolates whenever possible (which is often!).
This week, we thought we’d share some of our favorite non-chocolate office snacks, which keep us powered – and happy – through the day. Remember, a third of what we eat goes directly to nourish our skin, so it’s a good thing to be aware of what you’re putting into your body at snacktime all day, as opposed to distractedly munching on cupcakes from the company kitchens three days out of the week.
Dried pineapple is a filling, delicious option. One thing to be aware of is that it’s higher in calories than fresh pineapple, and loses some of its nutritional content during the dehydration process. So, why are we recommending it? Because it’s so, so yummy.
Granola is a great snack for munching because it fills you up lickety-split, thanks to all of the fiber it provides. It’s a good way to keep your blood sugar balanced for a while, as it’s a low-glycemic food. Keep an eye out for high sugar content, though! The granola pictured is a mix of oats, sunflower seeds, honey, sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds, cashews and walnuts, with a little bit of vanilla for flavor, and sunflower oil. Its a tasty blend!
Im not sure if dates are a superfood, but they should be. Theyre rich in calcium, sulfur, manganese, copper, potassium, iron and phosphorus; they can help soothe digestive dysfunction, build muscle, maintain bone strength and help keep the eyes healthy, too. Miracle food? Possibly. One thing to remember is that theyre very filling – which is a good thing, to help quell a particularly vicious snack attack, but theyre very caloric, so its good to restrict your daily snacking quantity to one to three dates.
Sweet / salty nuts are an easy office favorite – we photographed roasted almonds, spiced with sugar, cocoa, cinnamon, salt, vanilla extract and cayenne. This flavorful snack provides all of the health benefits of nuts with the satisfying flavor kick of a sweet treat!
Home-popped popcorn is deceptively simple to make. Just put about 2 tablespoons of organic vegetable oil in a pot, pop it on some medium heat, and then toss in your kernels. Put a lid on the pot, and wait for about six minutes – pretty soon you’ll start to hear your little corns popping! Toss them with some salt and you’ve got yourself a healthy snack. Not only is it high in fiber, it’s high in antioxidants, too! If that was a surprise to you too, then clearly neither of us are eating enough popcorn – keep in mind, drenched-in-butter movie theater popcorn does not count as a healthy option.
Snap Pea Crisps are a collective addiction here at the office – they’re so tasty that you literally cannot eat just one. They supply the light salty flavor and satisfying crunch of potato chips, without the crappy oil and generally poor nutritional profile; they’re gluten free, low glycemic, and apparently have some protein, too. And they really are mostly made of peas!
So, there you have it – our favorite items to crunch and munch on. What else do you keep stashed under your desk? Fill us in, we want some too!
Author: Tata Harper Team
The team at Tata Harper Skincare is passionate about promoting a modern, health-conscious natural beauty lifestyle that’s committed to safety, honesty and sustainability.