Help! I Want to Break Up With The Vending Machine

Fall in love with these DIY desk snacks instead.

Revati Nargund

It’s 4:00 pm on a regular workday, and you’re battling with your mind to stay focused and fueled. As you struggle to strike off the pending tasks from your daily to-do list, round up that important meeting with your team, and finally get down to fine tuning that presentation before the looming deadline, the hunger pangs makes you wander all across the aisle in search of food. That's when the call from the vending machine, the harbinger of all things crispy, yummy and also unhealthy, seems absolutely unavoidable. We don’t blame you, working long hours in a competitive work environment can take a toll on self-control and letting yourself go a bit does not seem all that damaging. Well, it can take years before one realises the repercussions of an unhealthy diet and often it’s too late.

We aren’t asking you to stop eating but just being mindful of replacing the packet of crisps, salted groundnuts, cheesy puffs and oily samosas with healthier and energizing alternatives snacks. Ishi Khosla, clinical nutritionist and explains, “The transition of meals from the dining table to the desk requires redefining nutritional needs and smarter food choices. ‘Desk’fast must provide some good quality proteins (pulses, dals, soybean, sprouts, egg, paneer, tofu) some essential fats (nuts and seeds), fibre (fruits and vegetables), slow energy releasing carbohydrates (whole grains and pulses) and loads of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.”


While we manage to stay pretty adept at keeping our breakfasts and other meals of the day healthy, it needs a great amount of willpower and self-resistance to follow a healthy snacking routine in office. Resistance seems futile when you are face-to-face with a heady fix of carbs and chocolate bars that are circulated generously by colleagues as well as the office vending machines. At such times, compromising for the sake of your long term health goals and resorting to healthier options is a better idea than restricting yourself entirely.
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Roasted Chickpeas or Makhana with Masalas

A tiffin full of chick peas or makhana (foxnuts) coated with spices and tossed in olive oil, tomatoes, onion and drizzled with a bit of chaat masala on top can make for a yummy meal. Both chickpeas and makhanas contain exceptional levels of iron and zinc, this aids weight management, being high in protein, it also keeps your cravings at bay.

Greek Yoghurt with Berries

Help! I Want to Break Up With The Vending Machine

Yoghurt, in any form, is a great idea for a mid-day snack or a mini-meal. A non-fat Greek yoghurt contains close to 50 grams of protein and stacking up a few of these at your work place or simply carrying one to work every day will ease the stress that comes with having to figure out what to pick from the vending machine. 

Happy Laddoos

We have a happy solution that will shoo away all the monotony and gloom that comes with sticking to a set of options for binging. A set of laddoos from Mumbai-based Gouri’s Goodies, out of which you can pick your favourite flavour- black pepper, cinnamon, coconut and orange, will keep your spirits high and your energy levels up throughout the week.

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Egg Muffins or Hard Boiled Eggs

Taking hard boiled eggs to work is a known practice and it will rid you off cravings, filling your stomach when the time comes to binge. Packed with protein and essential fats, eggs are just what you need on days when your energies are low and you are looking for a quick fix. You can also beat 2 eggs, add veggies, grate some cheese in the mixture and bake them. Carry these egg muffins to work and you will happily forget about the bending machine and everything it has to offer.

Spiced Nuts or Trail Mixes

Dried nuts that have been spiced and tossed around in a bit of olive oil is the best way to consume delicious nuts that are loaded with omega 3 fats, antioxidants and calcium. Almonds, cashews, walnuts, hazelnuts, peanuts, pecans, etc., are some nuts that you can carry with you to work. A handful of nuts during tea time or between breakfast and lunch can fill you up sufficiently; and according to Healthline ‘if you are on a low-carb diet, macadamia nuts will keep your carb count low.’ If you find just nuts boring, you can always mix it up with seeds, dark chocolate bits or even dried fruits and carry that to work or store it at your desk.

Store-bought cereals, energy and protein bars often contain a large amount of sugar; swap these with products made from jaggery. Ensure that you check the constituents of the energy bars that you choose to consume, most bars come with excessive sugars and calories. Making your own snack bars from scratch is easy and also a better option than the store-bought ones. 

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Dehydrated Fruits

With a horde of people fasting on a regular basis and also looking for Jain options, munching on dehydrated fruits can be a real saviour for maintaining a balanced diet. Mumbai-based Fruit Munch offers dehydrated fruits that are directly sourced from farmlands. Fruits in their portfolio include apple, jamun, chikoo, pineapple, strawberry and more. You can add these to high fibre cereal or just create a fun trail mix with a bunch of nuts and seeds. You can also blend it into low fat yoghurt and eat it as a mini meal post lunch or mid-evening. 

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