8 Snacks To Satisfy Stress Munchies

There’s no doubt about it—looking for a job or just thinking about looking for a job can be very stressful. And many of us start to snack when we’re under stress. The snacks you choose to try to satisfy the stress munchies make a real difference. Caffeine, which is just so easy to grab, can make you jittery in the short-term and sometimes gives you a false sense of your own productivity. Junk food can cause energetic sugar highs that if you fatigued later. And large amounts of caffeine and junk food can interfere with your concentration, creativity, and optimism, not to mention your general health—all of which you need for the job search. So, instead of just grabbing more caffeine, salt, and sugar, consider a few of these snacks instead. They’ll help you fight off hunger, while giving you a satisfying crunch to help you deal with stress. Even better, they’re good for you! They’re pack with compounds that have been shown to improve your concentration, memory, creativity, mood, energy, and overall brain and physical performance so you can be at your best.


Snacks To Satisfy Stress Munchies

The snacks I've chosen here are all portable, don’t require lots of preparation or cleanup, and don’t require round-the-clock refrigeration. So they’re perfect to take with you to eat during your commute, in between classes, or even at your current job.

1. Blueberries, Strawberries, And Seedless Grapes

The great thing about these particular fruits is that you can wash them at home, bring them to work, and keep them at your desk for the day rather than needing access to a refrigerator. They don’t need a lot of cutting or other preparation, they don’t have seeds or pits that need to be disposed of, and they don’t get your hands and clothes messy when you eat them.

2. Nuts And Seeds

Almonds, walnuts, cashews, sunflower seeds, and peanuts. Stay clear of whole sunflower seeds and peanuts, unless you’re okay with the mess they generate.

3. Baby Carrots And Celery

Of course, these veggies make a lot of noise when you eat them, so if you’re sharing workspace, that’s a factor to keep in mind. Make sure your office-mate doesn’t mind the noise, bring enough to share, or eat them when he’s out.

4. Dried Fruit

Pay attention to how much you’re eating because the sugars and calories can add up faster than you might think. Portion control is key.

5. Trail Mix And Power Bars

Read the label closely. Some contain more fat, salt, or preservatives than you’d guess. An alternative is to make your own trail mix so that you know exactly what’s in it (plus, you can get the ratio of ingredients exactly the way you like it!).

6. Plain Popcorn

Not the microwaved kind (there’s way too much fat, salt, and other stuff in those packets), but instead just plain air-popped popcorn you can make yourself. It’s cheap and satisfying.

7. Whole Grain Cereal

There are plenty of cereals that are just as easy to eat with your hands as they are to eat with a bowl and milk. Think of cereals like mini-shredded wheat, Chex, and similar types. As always when you’re dealing with prepared foods, read the label carefully so that you know exactly what you’re eating and you can control your portion size to an appropriate amount.

8. Homemade Cookies

When you just have to have baked goods, you’re better off with ones you made yourself. Choose a low-fat version of your favorite oatmeal cookie, substitute in some whole wheat flour, make a batch over the weekend, and put the cookies into the freezer as soon as they’ve completely cooled. You can grab a few when you’re headed out the door and they’ll be defrosted by the time you get to class or work. Photo Credit: Shutterstock

In our new YouTube series, "Well This Happened" it's your turn to be the career coach! What would you do if you asked a coworker when the baby was due and she responded with, "I'm not pregnant." Watch the video and cast your vote b posting a comment on Youtube. We'll select one person from the correct answers at random to win free membership to the Work It Daily program. Good luck!

SHOW MORE Show less

If you've ever wondered what a Work It Daily (WID) membership could do for you, a letter we got this week provides a powerful example...

SHOW MORE Show less

There are 3 things hiring managers are trying to initially assess about you in the job interview. This video walks you through what they are looking for and offers insights into the right information to give them. Be sure to check out our free resources mentioned in the video too. They are:

SHOW MORE Show less

Last week during my Office Hours on Youtube, a client asked about how to deal with a workplace bully. After spending many years in corporate HR, I flipped to the other side and became a career therapist. So, I've seen both sides of this situation in the workplace. In this video, I discuss why people struggle to deal with bullies and what you can do to change the situation instantly.

This week, I did something that truly scared me. I sent an email to over 120,000 Work It Daily newsletter subscribers and asked them to answer the question, "What do we do?"

SHOW MORE Show less

A market correction is going to happen. When it does, layoffs will follow. I've been in the HR and recruiting industry for over two decades and have seen three recessions of varying sizes. In the video above, I explain how to tell when a recession is coming and what that means to you and your career. While many people will skip watching this. Or, will watch it and do nothing. I hope YOU are the smart, savvy professional who sees how important it is to prepare for unexpected, unwelcomed career circumstances.

SHOW MORE Show less

In this video, you'll learn how to tell if your career is plateauing due to the Executive Blues. You'll also learn what you can do to fix the problem and get your "executive energy" back so you can keep your career on track and set goals to reach new heights of success!

Want to watch the full video tutorial by J.T.?

CLICK HERE to get access!