Snack ideas @ work

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created August 16, 2012 at 4:33 AM

Hey all! First time poster here :)

Love this community, btw. :) Been following for a while.

Anyway, I had a question (obviously :)).

I eat paleo and have 3 square meals a day and occasionally do snack. I'm a student and always eat before class starts (which is usually 2-3 hours I am out, tops), so I've never had an issue.

Recently, though, I got a job at a cupcake + coffee shop. To get through the day I will bring along my coconut milk and make myself a latte so I can sort of get calories in/not get tired/etc. I feel like I need more than this though, especially when my shifts run through my normal meal times.

There is no room to bring a refrigerated meal; we have one small fridge and it is there to store buttercreams/milks, so I cannot bring a steak/hard boiled eggs/salad/etc.

I was wondering if anyone had any ideas as to what I could bring to eat that is shelf stable. At home, everything I eat except for nuts/tea/coffee is refrigerated.

Most of the people who work there will eat cupcakes to keep them going, but I need something more sustainable!

I am overdoing it on the nuts for sure, and was wondering if you all had any other options for me. Thanks so much!



on August 16, 2012
at 04:11 PM

You could even get an insulated bag with an ice pack if you're very concerned... (And then just eat your regular meals/snacks and not need to worry about going to great lengths.)



on August 16, 2012
at 04:09 PM

You could probably eat your usual snacks. Most foods don't go bad anywhere near as quickly as we think they do. I mean, your stuff will be indoors, probably out of refrigeration for only a few hours. Not like you're gonna have egg salad sitting in a hot car for half a day in the dead of summer, know what I mean?

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on August 16, 2012
at 05:42 AM

Are there other restaurants around your work that you can go to?

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on August 16, 2012
at 03:48 PM

Paleo Kits, hard-boiled eggs, fruit, nuts, lunch meat, avocado.

I bring a big-a$$ salad to work every day, and I don't refrigerate it. As long as it doesn't get hot, it's fine. I keep the dressing separate until I'm ready to eat it. As another poster said, most cooked food will actually be fine for a few hours in an air conditioned room.

The other thing I do, when I know I'll have to leave my food in my car, is pack a small cooler.


on August 16, 2012
at 09:22 AM

sardines, apple sauce, hard boiled eggs will be fine for a couple of hours if not peeled already, avocado, lara bars, baggy with almond butter, grass fed whey, quality drli mea, fasting!, eat more at meal times so no snacking needed, green tea or another hot tea. frozen shrimp (should thaw by the time u need it), any veggies or salad items don't need refrig for that duration.


on August 16, 2012
at 05:50 AM

I asked a really similar question yesterday and got some great answers-



on August 16, 2012
at 05:56 AM

Things like string cheese, fresh deli meat, avocado, tuna, are things that will last through a whole shift.

Honestly, unless you eat your lunch at the very end of the day, you can leave most meals unrefrigerated for a few hours before you nuke it. I've brought everything from chicken breasts to chili to work, and just left it in my bag until I ate lunch.

Freezing your food is another option. It won't even be thawed by the time you heat it up.

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