Doesn’t 3pm suck? Whenever it’s two or three in the afternoon, people start to get hangry. And solid work relationship are essential for your career. Especially when you work from home and so does your husband. Now it’s about marriage. You’re almost through the work day, you’ve been on countless calls, your lunch has worn off and you are ready for a glass of wine. (But you don’t have one for a few hours… so it’s cool. You don’t have an issue. Everything’s fine.) Regardless of where you clock in and out from, there are temptations. If you’re at the office, the vending machine or office bodega is dangerously close. And if you’re at home, standing in front of the fridge during conference calls can become a habit. (Insider tip: tell your coworkers the hum of the fridge is actually just your laptop fan.) So the act of consuming an afternoon snack is inevitable. It all comes down to choices. If you plan ahead and have healthy bites ready, you won’t feel the need to go grab something subpar just to pull you out of your slump.
We don’t keep shady food in the house, because if we do, it’s likely we (I) will eat it. (The exception to this rule is stashing a wide range of macaroni and cheese selections for emergency situations. That’s just good strategy.) Eating healthy doesn’t have to be awful. I usually crave really shameful things, but after I have a nutritious snack, I think: “That was actually good. Thank God I didn’t eat those pizza rolls with ranch.”
One of my favorite go-to snacks is roasted chickpeas. They fulfill that “I need french fries right now” craving, but they are healthy for you. Garbanzo beans contain 15 grams of protein and 12 grams of fiber per cup. Because of the protein content, this snack will keep you fuller longer. And in just two cups of chickpeas, you have fulfilled your daily value of fiber. No crashing and burning here. Not to mention, this is a seriously cheap way to fill up in a healthy fashion. A can of chickpeas is usually around $1. So skip the McChicken and eat something real.
You can coat these suckers in whatever seasonings you desire. You can even make them sweet if you are so inclined. I find cooking them at 425 for 35 minutes lends to the perfect balance of crunchy on the outside and still a little soft on the inside. Every oven is different though, so play around with it and find your perfect pea plan! If you want them as crunchy as a potato chip, just keep roasting and shaking until you get them to where you want them.
Key take-aways: eat snacks or you will lose your job. You will end up divorced and alone living next to a dumpster. Your adorable dog will no longer have an owner who squeezes him violently out of sheer adoration, and he will be so sad about that. So do something good today, give back to the community and eat a snack. It’s the best thing for everyone.