As a faithful member of the 9-to-5 squad, it’s a fact of life that sometimes you only have 20 minutes to get from point A (your office) to point B (a Pilates studio across town). And to make things even more complicated, by the time you get there you’ll be starving.
But you don’t have to endure hangriness for hours or resort to eating the weeks-old granola bar at the bottom of your bag, as long as you arm yourself with the right ingredients. Ingredients you can all grab at Whole Foods, that is (which, let’s be real, is really your second home).
Yes, the five-minute snack fix is real—you just need to start with a versatile base, like Simple Mills’ Fine Ground Sea Salt Almond Flour Cracker Snack Packs, which include sunflower and and flax seeds for a satisfying crunch plus omega fatty acids.
From there, it’s all about the toppings. For brilliant ideas to get you started, we asked Well+Good senior food and health editor Emily Laurence—who’s a pro at grabbing ingredients Supermarket Sweep-style—to give us her fave combos.
“I almost always need an afternoon snack of some sort,” Laurence says. “The W+G offices are literally two blocks from Whole Foods (#blessed), so often when I’m running to an event, I pop in and buy some of the single serve crackers. They’re easy for me to eat while walking or on the subway and are just enough to get me through until I get home and can make dinner.” In other words, it’s your ticket out of hangry town.
Keep reading for ingenious snack combos that’ll tide you over until your next meal.
Whether you’re rushing into the office (and panicking about your afternoon snack situation) or out of it (and dealing with traffic—either the car kind or the crowded-subway kind), making sure you’ve got your emergency snack stash is key. Keep a few packs of Simple Mills single-serving packs at your desk, and you’re never too far away from a pick-me-up, though.
Laurence swears by sea-salt crackers with a little avocado, drizzle of olive oil, and sprinkle of turmeric for this very scenario. “I’m always trying to get those anti-inflammatory benefits where I can,” says Laurence, who sticks to a mostly ketogenic diet. “I do my best to limit carbs, which is why I’m a big fan of Simple Mills crackers—they’re made with almond flour, which is very ketogenic-friendly.”
If outdoor hangs are always on the agenda, make sure you have this trio of ingredients on hand: Crackers, a jar of almond butter, and thin slices of apple. Not only does the combo pass any picky-kids taste test, but it’s a classic adults will enjoy with a chilled kombucha, too. As our resident foodie puts it: “Sea salt + sweetness = perfection.”
For the times you feel famished after leaving the gym/yoga studio/outdoor track (uh, always), throw together this mix for a quick boost of protein that so hits the spot. “If I’m at home and can get a bit fancier, I use the crackers as a base for hard-boiled eggs (cut up into small pieces), paprika, and a slice of vegan cheese,” Laurence says. Delish.
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