There's nothing like getting the side eye in the office to make you questions all life choices.
Maybe it's the stain on your pants from a toddler unwilling to use a tissue. It could be a rash decision to take leftover tuna casserole to work and heat it up in the communal microwave. Or, it might be the time you wore a shirt from the junior's department without a camisole or cardigan.
As for me, it's usually my choice in snacks, which - if we're being honest - I'm eating for a good part of the day.
SOY JOY | Dry Roasted Edamame
One of the things I always hated when I was doing Weight Watchers was everyone telling me that almonds were the healthiest of the healthy snacks. Yes, there are a lot of redeeming attributes about the tree nut but they were also a ton of points. I could eat four almonds or a mini bag of popcorn. Four almonds ... WHOLE bag of popcorn. Easy choice. Until one day when I found Seapoint Farms Dry Roasted Edamame at Marshall's. It's 130 calories per serving and offers protein and crunch like almonds without the calories.
Why eat it? It's high in protein - 14 grams per serving - and fiber (7 grams per serving). The ingredient list is also simple. For the lightly salted, it's soy beans and sea salt. That's it.
BITTER SWEET | Raw radishes
For most of my life, I disliked radishes - or at least said that I disliked the root vegetable. Then, one day, my grandma put them on a veggie tray and changed my life. The bitter vegetable was tolerable - maybe even good - dipped in ranch dressing. Since then, I've been noshing them regularly though my style has changed. The ranch dressing is gone, and I typically eat them apple-style at my desk. It's definitely turned some heads in the office but I hate to mask its bitter fire by slicing and dipping.
Why eat it? Radishes are low in calories (16 calories for a cup) and full of fiber and nutrients. According to this article, they have been known to eliminate toxins, ease sore throats and keep you hydrated.
SEA FARING | Roasted Seaweed Snacks
I first bought these on a trip to Trader Joe's when I was in Cincinnati. They were 99 cents a package, and I was antsy to fill my cart with something as I was underwhelmed with the offerings. I took them to work as that's where I do most of my snacking, figuring that I'd grab them from the snack drawer on a desperate day. Well, desperation came about 4 hours later. It would be easy to be put off by the smell and cellophane texture but I found the wasabi flavor to be palatable and liked the snack "melt" on my tongue.
Why eat it? I really, really liked that the snacks are 30 calories a serving. Oh, and it's a pretty awesome way to get in some minerals.
Other things I love: Cut vegetables dipped in salsa, dried cranberries + popcorn, cottage cheese + jelly, hard-boiled eggs with salt and pepper.
What about you? Do your snacks turn heads?