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What are the office workers out there snacking on at work?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created July 06, 2011 at 10:00 AM

I need ideas. I already snack on nuts and sultanas and hard boiled eggs, and maybe some dark chocolate (not all at the same time).

I'm looking for a quick and easy snack for the late afternoon. What do other people snack on at the office?

If anyone writes "just fast" or "eat more fat and you wont need to snack" they get a big downvote :)

I want to know what real people eat in real life.

Cheers

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on July 06, 2011
at 11:01 PM

I know what you are saying, but i fast for 16h and then have a pretty filling lunch at 12ish. I find i am full, but still get hungry before i leave work. I try to eat in a 8-9 window and i kinda fell that if i am really hungry in my window i am not eating enough. I train pretty hard so i want to make sure that i eat enough. Cheers for the posts

6b8d12fc3e43179f9ae1765a4d1a9dc2

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on July 06, 2011
at 10:54 PM

I absolutely love cheese, but I am in my first week of the whole 30.

6b8d12fc3e43179f9ae1765a4d1a9dc2

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on July 06, 2011
at 10:52 PM

Avocado is popping up a lot. And i do like avos.

6b8d12fc3e43179f9ae1765a4d1a9dc2

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on July 06, 2011
at 10:51 PM

Love it. They all sound awesome. We dont seem to get Kerrygold products in Australia. I will look for something similar. I think all of our cows in South Australia would be pastured anyway, but I could be wrong.

6b8d12fc3e43179f9ae1765a4d1a9dc2

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on July 06, 2011
at 10:48 PM

I have never heard of larabars before. just googled them, they look awesome. +1 from me

Db4ad76f6f307a6f577e175710049172

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on July 06, 2011
at 04:27 PM

I usually use a knife to cut into the flesh so the blade is perpendicular to the shell, and apply sideways pressure, and the flesh usually pops off. Then I just keep working around in a circle. Getting the first piece out is usually the trickiest, but then you're good.

D064af8cab4e04cb5e1dea7b990f3948

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on July 06, 2011
at 02:42 PM

+1 for Larabars

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on July 06, 2011
at 12:50 PM

Well, I'm surrounded by office workers that snack on candy, bagels, chocolate, pretzels, muffins, donuts and cookies. Oh, you meant the paleo office workers... Well, I usually keep stufz in my desk like coconut oil, dark chocolate, almonds or macademia nuts. Right now I have a couple of leftover burger patties on my desk - not sure if that's lunch or a snack yet.

246ebf68e35743f62e5e187891b9cba0

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on July 06, 2011
at 11:44 AM

I keep a large bag of loose green tea at work... on fast days I probably drink more green tea than I should. If I'm forced to snack, I'll pack a lunch and peck at it all day... usually it's steak (or some other leftover) sliced up into bite size pieces with lime juice, maybe some hard cheese (manchego or irish cheddar), some macadamia nuts (raw and unsalted), and berries.

6b8d12fc3e43179f9ae1765a4d1a9dc2

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on July 06, 2011
at 10:33 AM

Cheers Rick, I do fast in the mornings. Lately i have been getting hungry mid afternoon. I do like the jerky idea, thanks

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on July 06, 2011
at 10:33 AM

After you crack it open, break it into a few pieces, and pop it in the oven for about ten minutes. The meat pulls away from the hard shell and it's easy to separate. I can't remember what temperature I put it - but I googled and found a site that says 400 F.

6b8d12fc3e43179f9ae1765a4d1a9dc2

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on July 06, 2011
at 10:22 AM

Awesome idea. How do you get the flesh away from the brown shell? I have used coconut in a few recipes but struggle getting the flesh apart. Guess google will know

6b8d12fc3e43179f9ae1765a4d1a9dc2

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on July 06, 2011
at 10:20 AM

Im already on that one Joan, cheers

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Af1d286f0fd5c3949f59b4edf4d892f5

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on July 06, 2011
at 02:06 PM

  • make bacon at home - bring it into work in little baggies. No need to reheat.

  • hardboiled egg with sea salt and cracked pepper (yes. bring in a pepper grinder. nobody cares)

  • small baked potato with butter and avocado slices

  • almonds or pecans or macadamia nuts or a mix of all of them

  • dried figs (I like black mission figs)

  • sliced aged cheese (Kerrygold Dubliner is a good one.)

  • a handful of blueberries or a banana sliced up in a bowl with heavy cream poured over top

Keep in mind that many of these items can be combined very nicely. So for example, some sliced cheese with dried figs and some pecans. or maybe some bacon wrapped figs. or maybe some bacon smashed up in a baked potato. or you can toss some pecans in with your strawberries and cream.

Cheers :)

6b8d12fc3e43179f9ae1765a4d1a9dc2

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on July 06, 2011
at 10:51 PM

Love it. They all sound awesome. We dont seem to get Kerrygold products in Australia. I will look for something similar. I think all of our cows in South Australia would be pastured anyway, but I could be wrong.

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24fcc21452ebe39c032be6801d6bbadd

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on July 06, 2011
at 11:52 AM

I definitely snack a lot less since going paleo, but when I do, I like plantain chips & guac (single-serve packs come in handy here), some decaf with heavy cream, or a Larabar.

D064af8cab4e04cb5e1dea7b990f3948

(134)

on July 06, 2011
at 02:42 PM

+1 for Larabars

6b8d12fc3e43179f9ae1765a4d1a9dc2

(5914)

on July 06, 2011
at 10:48 PM

I have never heard of larabars before. just googled them, they look awesome. +1 from me

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A75a5f0704b9066192de44c97c2b2e1f

on July 06, 2011
at 10:48 AM

I drink coffee (decaf for me) with some organic heavy cream and cinnamon.
Avocado
Coconut Oil
Coconut Butter
Almond Butter
Homemade fat bars (coconut oil, coconut butter, dried sugar free cranberries, nuts all mixed and refrigerated in a pan, break into bark)
Carrots
Small Paleo Kit
Lara Bars
Pork Rinds
Kale Chips


Of course it helps we have a fridge or two in the office.

246ebf68e35743f62e5e187891b9cba0

(21420)

on July 06, 2011
at 11:44 AM

I keep a large bag of loose green tea at work... on fast days I probably drink more green tea than I should. If I'm forced to snack, I'll pack a lunch and peck at it all day... usually it's steak (or some other leftover) sliced up into bite size pieces with lime juice, maybe some hard cheese (manchego or irish cheddar), some macadamia nuts (raw and unsalted), and berries.

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on July 06, 2011
at 10:14 AM

Fresh coconut! Crack one open, cut into pieces. Makes a great and healthy snack. It's mostly fat. Easy to carry. Yum.

Db4ad76f6f307a6f577e175710049172

(2297)

on July 06, 2011
at 04:27 PM

I usually use a knife to cut into the flesh so the blade is perpendicular to the shell, and apply sideways pressure, and the flesh usually pops off. Then I just keep working around in a circle. Getting the first piece out is usually the trickiest, but then you're good.

Medium avatar

(3024)

on July 06, 2011
at 10:33 AM

After you crack it open, break it into a few pieces, and pop it in the oven for about ten minutes. The meat pulls away from the hard shell and it's easy to separate. I can't remember what temperature I put it - but I googled and found a site that says 400 F.

6b8d12fc3e43179f9ae1765a4d1a9dc2

(5914)

on July 06, 2011
at 10:22 AM

Awesome idea. How do you get the flesh away from the brown shell? I have used coconut in a few recipes but struggle getting the flesh apart. Guess google will know

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8828d5922b47a0e2b82bde2232037746

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on July 06, 2011
at 10:28 AM

Well I do fast so I drink green tea and water. :)

But I suppose if I ever started snacking at work I would definitely eat pork rinds or beef jerky.

6b8d12fc3e43179f9ae1765a4d1a9dc2

(5914)

on July 06, 2011
at 10:33 AM

Cheers Rick, I do fast in the mornings. Lately i have been getting hungry mid afternoon. I do like the jerky idea, thanks

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7b494127ac67e85e572c5222aaee9b4d

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on July 06, 2011
at 10:01 AM

Espresso. Black. A lot of it.

6b8d12fc3e43179f9ae1765a4d1a9dc2

(5914)

on July 06, 2011
at 10:20 AM

Im already on that one Joan, cheers

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on July 06, 2011
at 02:14 PM

I keep Macadamia nuts in the freezer, they have the best texture when they are frozen--cold and chewy. They taste great frozen, stay fresher for a longer period of time and the office food thief never thinks to look in the freezer ;) I also throw in a few Brazil nuts for variety.

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on July 06, 2011
at 02:05 PM

I cut up 1/2 of a ripe banana, drizzle 1 tbsp coconut oil and 1 tbsp macadamia nut butter over it and take that to work as a snack - it's a little piece of heavan.

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34a367e60db77270bd7096dc04270fdc

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on July 06, 2011
at 01:27 PM

I pack my husband a "lunch" everyday for work. I'm more of a 2-3 meals a day girl and he's more of a snacker so I pack him a lunch and snacks for the day. The highest fat cottage cheese is a good option if you do dairy - It's low in carb, high in fat/protein. I give him half of a granny smith apple and 2 tbls. of sunbutter. I chop up celery and carrot sticks. Katamata olives are good, or probably any olive. Hardboiled eggs, a slice of cheese rolled up inside of a piece of good quality lunch meat. He craves salty/sour stuff so I sometimes give him a pickle and some pickled pepperocini peppers. I know these aren't all "paleo approved" but you gotta find what works for you.

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on July 06, 2011
at 12:15 PM

I make up about 1-1.5 lbs. of homemade turkey sausage (1.5-oz patties) on the weekends and put them in the freezer at home. I'll bring some to work and when I hit that midafternoon slump I grab one of those from my office mini-fridge and eat it along with a handful of sugar snap peas or some coconut milk. It's usually enough to tide me over till dinner. Sometimes it'll be an one-ounce or so serving of meat from the previous night's dinner instead.

The bonus is that instead of trying to finish off every last morsel I cook for dinner, I'm stopping when I'm full, knowing that this little bit of meat isn't enough for a meal but is perfect for a snack.

It helps to have your own mini-fridge at work, but the office fridge will work too if there's no food thief.

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on July 06, 2011
at 11:59 AM

I like carrots if I just need something to eat but I'm not necessarily hungry. If I'm actually hungry, I'll snack on macadamias or berries.

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D5096ff5baffc0ba5d20b21346414a7a

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on July 06, 2011
at 11:40 AM

I try to avoid snacks and stick with meals only. But I understand the late afternoon hunger and slump and do keep homemade beef or chicken broth on hand. That takes the edge off for me.

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on October 07, 2013
at 02:46 PM

I live in the UK and my desk drawer always has some Naked Ape snacks (www.thenakedape.co.uk) in it otherwise I end up with crisps or chocolate bars. There are two sizes depending on your hunger levels! I normally stick to the 75g packs for snacking and might use the 100g packs if I haven't had time to cook in the morning

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on September 29, 2013
at 08:48 PM

I struggle with snacking at work as I get tired of snacking on HB eggs, sunflow seeds, almonds, apples, etc. I just found Hunt.Gather.Snack. (www.huntgathersnack.com) which is a monthly paleo specific snack service. I signed up to be notified of their official launch and plan to have the box delivered to my office each month.

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on November 02, 2012
at 09:13 PM

I added pumpkin and pumpkin spice to cocunut butter and it is delicious! I emptied the mixture in an ice cube tray and popped them out when it solidified.

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on November 02, 2012
at 03:45 AM

Trader Joe's is your best friend for this!! I buy "Just a Handful" nut varieties...mainly Roasted Almonds. I can easily store them in my drawer and eat some when I'm hungry. Good source of fat and protein and helps to give that little boost of energy when work gets sluggish.

I also bring a bag of veggies daily to snack on (broccoli, grape tomatoes, chopped celery). Yes, everyone knows me as "The Healthy Guy", but I would never take that as a bad thing :)

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on July 06, 2011
at 04:17 PM

Ha ha! I read the Quilt and don't snack. If I am desperate, then it's just a few nuts. If nuts don't hit the spot, then it's not hunger, and its something else that doesn't need to be fed.

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on July 06, 2011
at 04:12 PM

Just nuts is hard because of the tendency to eat too many. I keep a tub of Kerrygold butter and use my almonds to dip up a good dollop of that for a quick satisfying snack with just enough fat to make me happy with only a half dozen or so nuts.

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on July 06, 2011
at 01:17 PM

  • add heavy cream to your coffee
  • have a small container of leftovers- ground beef and veggies for example
  • cheese? if you eat it ...
  • tin of fish ... Kipper snacks are good ... they smell ... but they're good
  • avocado, all you need is a knife and spoon- voila!
  • nitrate free meat slices?

6b8d12fc3e43179f9ae1765a4d1a9dc2

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on July 06, 2011
at 10:54 PM

I absolutely love cheese, but I am in my first week of the whole 30.

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on July 06, 2011
at 01:17 PM

I keep heavy cream in the office fridge and add it to everything I drink at work. Iced tea + cream = better, and filling.

Of course I keep some nuts at my desk for snacking, but they aren't very filling or satisfying... mostly just there for something to do.

I like leftovers from lunch or dinner, but depending on your office policies that may not work for you.

Paleo “breads” may be a nice, portable option for you.

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on July 06, 2011
at 01:13 PM

At work I snack on any of the following:

a piece of fruit (something low in sugar like berries)

handful of walnuts

carrots and an avocado. I just mush up the avocado, sprinkle with pepper and dig right in.

pork rinds

Leftovers

Green tea - lots of it. I drink organic loose leaf green tea and use a tea strainer so I don't have to drink the bitter tea leaves.

Water, lots and lots of water.

6b8d12fc3e43179f9ae1765a4d1a9dc2

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on July 06, 2011
at 10:52 PM

Avocado is popping up a lot. And i do like avos.

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246ebf68e35743f62e5e187891b9cba0

(21420)

on July 06, 2011
at 11:44 AM

I keep a large bag of loose green tea at work... on fast days I probably drink more green tea than I should. If I'm forced to snack, I'll pack a lunch and peck at it all day... usually it's steak (or some other leftover) sliced up into bite size pieces with lime juice, maybe some hard cheese (manchego or irish cheddar), some macadamia nuts (raw and unsalted), and berries.

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on July 06, 2011
at 03:39 PM

Work on getting away from the snacks. It's hard, but once you train yourself to just go without eating, you'll feel better too. Here are two great articles on that topic:

http://www.gnolls.org/1794/why-snacking-makes-you-weak-not-just-fat/

http://www.gnolls.org/1141/eat-like-a-predator-not-like-prey-paleo-in-six-easy-steps-a-motivational-guide/

6b8d12fc3e43179f9ae1765a4d1a9dc2

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on July 06, 2011
at 11:01 PM

I know what you are saying, but i fast for 16h and then have a pretty filling lunch at 12ish. I find i am full, but still get hungry before i leave work. I try to eat in a 8-9 window and i kinda fell that if i am really hungry in my window i am not eating enough. I train pretty hard so i want to make sure that i eat enough. Cheers for the posts

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