I recently confessed on Instagram that I used to eat peanut butter cups and diet pop (it’s pop, not soda, where I’m from) for lunch when I was in high school.

(Hey, we friends on the ‘gram yet? I call my posts Instagrammies…)

Sometimes, if I was feeling adventurous, I’d have a plain bagel with cream cheese.

And we weren’t allowed to eat during class (prep school rules, you know) so cereal and chocolate with a side of liquid poison were pretty much all I ate for 8+ hours.

No wonder I used to get dizzy during volleyball practice.

My eating habits didn’t get much better when I started working in the office.

Microwave lunches, more diet pop, whatever food I could pilfer from the break room.

My snacks weren’t stellar either: toaster pastries (not toasted, thank you very much), animal crackers, and…does diet pop count as a snack?

No wonder I used to feel bitchy and sleepy in the afternoon.

And, if I’m being honest, I didn’t usually stock any food in my desk. Better believe I kept several cans of pop in the fridge though. But food?

Who needs to eat?

Ummm, I do. And so do you.

And one of the easiest ways to make sure that you’re eating and that you’re eating good-for-you food that doesn’t make you feel dizzy, bitchy, or sleepy when you’re at work is to keep emergency supplies stocked at all times.

It’s not hitting up the vending machine. It’s not relying on lunch meeting leftovers. It’s not stealing your coworker’s yogurt from the fridge.

(By the way, office-fridge-food-stealer, not cool. Didn’t you see that sticky note? Or that permanent marker initial staking its claim?)

If you’re like me, you might not have any snacks tucked away in your desk drawers.

Maybe you’ve got some office snack favorites like chips, cookies, crackers, granola bars, and milk chocolate in your desk. But, if you’re like 90% of office workers (totally-made-up-but-legitimately-believable statistic), you probably don’t have any healthy options in your desk drawers. 

While I totally support you in your some-food-is-better-than-no-food stance, today I want to share with you five super easy snack upgrades.

These are things it doesn’t take much extra effort to stock. At the grocery store, you reach a smidge further to the left and grab the better-for-you option. 

Have you seen those “better choice” shelf tags at the grocery store? They’re kind of spot on and help you quickly find the good stuff that’s full of more, well, good-for-you stuff.

At my local grocery store (the multiple-stores-less-than-a-mile-away-from-each-other Publix), they’re little green tags. At Whole Foods, you’ll find a “Health Starts Here” logo on healthier products.

When you’re shopping online, it’s another flick of the finger to scroll down a little further and click on the not-complete-shit option. 

Okay, so you’re on the edge of your ergonomic chair at this point wondering, “Is she really going to tell me to eat chips, cookies, crackers, granola bars, and milk chocolate?”

Sort of.

I want you to know you can easily swap in some upgraded snacks that are a million times better for you (another-totally-made-up-slightly-less-legitimate-sounding statistic) than your standby snacks.

So if you just got handed a crap assignment and want something crunchy to get out your aggression, there’s some chips for you. And if you want a chocolatey hug to drown your passed-over-for-the-promotion sorrows in, there’s some cocoa for you.

It’s time to stock up.

Yep, it’s as easy as that, my friend. Just swapping in a better-for-you snack makes a big difference. You’ll thank me tomorrow afternoon when you don’t feel dizzy, bitchy, or sleepy.

Stay tuned for next week’s post where I’m going to challenge you to take things one step further. I’m pretending you’re nodding along, pumped because you had no idea wellness didn’t have to be work.

Until then, have you grabbed my list of places to buy healthier food stuffs online? No? Download it below, thank me later.

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