Have you ever eaten a meal at a so-called fancy restaurant and been disappointed because you’re pretty sure you could have made it yourself instead of paying $35 for it?

Have you ever turned a package over, read through the ingredients, and scoffed because you could totally make it at home?

And have you ever noticed that you actually feel better when you actually make something yourself?

Not just talking about the sense of satisfaction that comes from making a mess in the kitchen but also the satisfaction that comes from making your own food from scratch.

And, no, boxed cake or cookie dough that comes in a tube don’t count.

Yes, even if you ate that cookie dough raw.

Remember last week I said there was a new challenge coming your way soon? No? Go ahead. Clickity click. I’ll be here when you get back (figuratively, because, you know, I’m writing this in the past and you’re reading it in the future…totally trippy, dude…)

Well, my friend, that challenge is making your own snacks. No, not indefinitely. I’m not Martha Stewart, and I’m guessing you’re not either.

Sure, I make about 89.7% of my food, but sometimes you just want to dig in to a bag of chips.

But, I’m willing to bet that, if you’ve been hanging around these parts for a bit now and you’ve taken any of my not-ill-advised advice, you’ve been working on eating cleaner in your cubicle. And that’s included stepping up your snacking strategy to include some better-for-you goodies.

(If not, stick around. I’ve got something I think you might like. Insert giant beaming smily face here.)

I’m also willing to bet (I sound like a gambler, but I’m pretty sure I’ve never actually placed a bet in my life) you’ve noticed that you’ve felt a bit better. A lot better? Hot dawg.

Better than when you swipe some sweets from the break room.

Better than when you vie for the latest installation in the vending machine.

Better than when you reach in to your desk and find yourself reaching in to a bag of chocolate-covered pretzels for the rest of the day.

Imagine how much better you’re going to feel at the next level. It’s like the leap from assistant to the regional manager to assistant regional manager to regional manager. 

Seriously. When you know exactly what you’re eating, it’s kind of empowering.

You might think you know what you’re eating because you read the ingredients on the back of the package of cheesy poufs. But did you know that anywhere from 50 to 100 things could be listed under the ingredient “natural flavor?”

So, I think you owe it to yourself to try out one snack that you’ve made yourself from entirely recognizable ingredients. 

And if you hate it and totally curse my name and think it was a total waste of time?

At least you tried. That’s better than the effort about 99.99% of your coworkers put in. And you’ve always known you’re better than them anyway.

Cookies

Instead of satisfying your inner Cookie Monster with a cookie that’s got about 30 questionable ingredients, why not try out these No-Bake Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies? Soft, chewy, and three ingredients! And no bake! 

Or check out these Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies. You guessed it: three ingredients. You can make these with your eyes closed.

If you’re feeling a little more bake-y, try The World’s Easiest Cookies. And…they only have four ingredients!

Granola Bars

Granola bars are portable and individually portioned, but they’re also full of added sugars. What to do?

I’m so glad you asked. These no-bake peanut butter granola bars have just three ingredients. No sugar, no dairy, no gluten, no shit. These peanut butter granola bars only have three ingredients, too. Sensing a pattern here?

Not a peanut butter fan? (Who are you? Seriously. I want to know.) These granola bars are made with cashews, dates, and hemp seeds, and are nice very lemon-y.

Snack Balls

Some people call them snack balls. Some people call them bliss balls (awkward). Some people just eat the hell out of them. 

That would be me.

And you, after you roll up these no-bake chocolate chip coconut energy balls. Or these cashew coconut balls. They’re both no-bake (as I think all snack balls are?) and have short ingredient lists.

Still too fancy? Fine - here’s a three-ingredient raw cacao bites recipe for you.

Pudding

Do you remember Snack Packs? It used to be cause for a happy dance when I found one of those in my brown bag. I felt like one of the cool kids.

(Side note: My high school actually had a club called The Cool Kids Club. I was definitely not a member. I don’t even know what they did during meetings.)

Nowadays, I consider myself pretty damn cool because I say so. You’re cool, too. And you can feel infinitely cooler when you make your own pudding.

Like this chocolate peanut butter avocado pudding. Or this chocolate avocado pudding. Maybe this avocado chocolate mousse.

Yes, they all have avocado. That’s what makes it creamy. You won’t even know it’s there. Promise.

Popcorn

Until about a year ago, my popcorn experience was limited to the microwaved-bag variety and the bought-in-a-bag variety. 

And then I made my own. Umm, holy shit! Homemade for the win.

Here are some yummy flavor combos that don’t involve butter, butter, or butter (or your coworkers giving you the stank eye after you burn yet another bag in the break room):

Friend, these homemade, made-to-order snacks all include minimal ingredients (most have just three or four) and require minimal effort (like, five minutes.)

That store-bought snack mix you’re snacking on? Not so minimal on the ingredients. #sorrynotsorry And you might actually end up saving yourself time. ‘Cuz, you know, putting on some clothing you wouldn’t be embarrassed to be seen in public in, driving to the grocery store, deciding among the millions of options, checking out (do you always pick the wrong line, too?), and driving home takes time.

Making your own snacks cuts out the need to get dressed at all (but might create some sanitary issues), any driving, and any interaction with humankind. Sounds like a timesaver to me.

If you do find yourself at the store, scratching your head and your ass in front of the cookies, here’s a little refresher on some of the healthy snack stuffs you can pick up:

  • Toast with avocado
  • Dates + nut butter
  • Nuts
  • Seeds
  • Fruit
  • Veggies + hummus or salsa
  • Dark chocolate + tea.

And, if you’re feeling inspired to make more snacks, here’s a refresher on some other healthy snacks you can make:

  • Trail mix
  • Smoothie
  • Roasted chickpeas
  • Kale chips.

Now…maybe you’re feeling like this is all a little too much. Maybe you’re used to being told exactly what to do when. 

And, let’s be honest, if you work in an office, you’ve probably resigned yourself to being a do bitch on some level. 

Well, let me tell you what to do! In the best way possible!

With my new Eat Clean in Your Cubicle program, I’ll teach you how to stock your desk with healthy snacks and hold you accountable for cleaning up your snacking game.

Click below to learn more and to book your Snacking Strategy Session! 

P.S. Email subscribers get a super secret discount code good through August 7, 2017. Not to bribe you or anything…