When you’re in a pinch, having food prepped for the week is a great way to stay on track. The trick is finding what works for you and what can last the whole week. The great thing about meal prep is that there are so many things you can do! Our personal office favorites are chicken fajita bowls, mason jar salads, and overnight oats.

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A few benefits of meal prepping include alleviating time and stress issues, weight control, and saving money. Think about how many times you get home from work and stress over what to eat so you order in or go out to eat--that can get quite expensive! When you eat out you don’t know how much butter, salt, or oils are added to your food. Meal prep can save you on calories in the long run by knowing EXACTLY what you’re consuming!

Eating healthy can be relatively affordable. If you add up what you spend in a week eating out, then compare that to the groceries needed for your meal prep, you might be surprised at how much more affordable it is. Don’t forget to utilize your freezer! If you overbuy veggies or meat, freeze them already seasoned and ready to go for a night or day you’re extra busy. Taking one day on the weekend to prepare your meals, your kitchen mess is only on one day, your hour or two of cooking each night is eliminated to 15 minutes, and it saves you the nightly debate of what you’re going to eat. This will save you time and stress leaving more time for fun once the workday ends!

If you don’t have the time to meal prep, pre-packaged snacks can help curb your hunger! Energy bars, jerky, fruit leathers, popcorn, protein-rich chips, or nuts are great substitutions in a pinch! SnackItToMe! has a great variety of single-serve, individually-wrapped snacks that are sure to help out when meal prepping isn’t an option for you any given week.

Protein is important when it comes to keeping you full. It’s a building block in our bodies and is made up of amino acids, something that our body uses for maintenance. It keeps us full because protein is digested slower in the body, keeping us fueled for longer. For your energy bar needs The Gluten Free Bar and Honeybar are great choices with GFB containing 12g of protein and Honeybar with 7g. Our jerky is sure to help you through with Vermont Smoke & Cure contains 7g of protein or Think Jerky contains 12g of protein. Protes is a great option with the best of both worlds--it’s a chip that contains 15g of protein per serving.

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For a quick boost of energy fruits, nuts, and popcorn are a great option. For these less protein-heavy snacks and something sweet, there’s You Love Fruit fruit leathers with passion fruit punch and Pure Organic with their fruit and veggie strips. If you’re craving something salty AND sweet, Angie’s Boom Chicka Pop Sweet & Salty Kettle Corn has you covered in that department. We also carry a variety of nuts including Ag Standard Smoked Almonds, Wonderful Pistachios, and Bobby Sue’s are a great way to get that little bit of salt in. If you’re allergic to nuts, seeds such as Eden Pumpkin Seeds or Kathie’s Superseedz are the way to go.

If you would like more information on how to get in on these snacks contact Bryan at bryan@snackittome.com.