Office Stash: 4 Healthy & Homemade Must-Haves
There's nothing natural about riding a desk all day, but most of us do it. Adding insult to injury are the snack offerings, like vending machines filled with Cheez-Its. This is no knock against Cheez-Its. I love them...a little too much. And snacks without protein and other nutrients always leave us hungrier in the end.
Stash these satisfying and easy-to-make options in your snack drawer. They have a longer shelf life and are packed with flavor. Just make sure your co-workers don't get a peek!
Roasted Chick Peas
These crunchy, salty treats are perfect for when you're craving potato chips. Preheat your oven to 350, drain a can of chick peas, toss with oil and seasoning in a bowl and bake for 45 minutes. While the flavor combinations are endless, a real crowd-pleaser is: salt, cumin, black pepper, garlic powder, onion powder and chili powder.
This go-to snack really packs the protein, and will satisfy you until dinner. No dehydrator needed - you can make these in the oven. From Korean BBQ to buffalo, tips and flavor combinations can be found here.
Gluten-free and with only two ingredients, you can make these batches in bulk, alternating the spice combinations. All you need is one egg and two cups of almond flour. Mix well, add whatever spices you'd like, then roll and press onto a greased baking sheet until thin and even. Bake at 350 for about 15 minutes until the edges brown. Have fun with the seasonings! Rosemary sea salt or cumin and chili powder - the possibilities are endless.
As you can tell, I love to play with flavor combinations. Popcorn is no exception, and rich in fiber. An addictive recipe can be found here. But for a semi-homemade treat, pop a bag of organic popcorn in the microwave, throw in peanuts, chia seeds and flax seeds, drizzle in some caramel syrup and shake the bag like crazy. Fun tip? Use chopsticks and keep your fingers keyboard-ready!
Look at me, so blown away by flavor I look like I stood in front of a wind machine. Maybe also have a hairbrush at your desk.