How my “food for office” looks like

Just another random post I’d like to share. Here is an example of what I buy from Family Mart in the beginning of my working day. It usually consists of some drink, caffeine in certain form (coffee/red bull), healthy? snacks, and sometimes lunch.

On this particular day, I had to attend some presentation during lunch time so I did not have time to go out. I bought new sandwich product from Famima to try, along with Peanuts-flavor Soyjoy, smoked squid, veggies drink, and non-calorie fruity tea.

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Why did I select these? Let’s start with the tea. I love non-caloric fruity tea lineup from Dydo. They launched 3 flavors now and I love all. This one I bought is relatively new: pear and rose tea. (Details here)

Next, the Soyjoy! Now this is pretty tricky and controversial. I cannot say that this is completely a healthy choice to make. However, it is still better than other chips or chocolate snacks, or even the claimed “high-fiber” biscuits. The trick is to choose the one with lowest sugar possible. As of now, there are 2 soyjoy flavors I bought: peanuts (this one) and chocolate-almonds (I wrote about it here)

For another item for snacking my way during the morning and afternoon, I selected soft smoked squid! It’s still my favorite no matter how many times I ate it. The whole pack is about 60-70 kcal with about 6 g. of protein. Instead of eating sugary stuffs, I think it’s a pretty good chance to take in more protein! Plus, it’s so aromatic and intense in flavor. Once you put it in your mouth, it’s kinda hard to put down. (and it’s relatively cheap too! 108 yen)

I also bought Kagome veggies drink, just to feel like I’m taking veggies, which is so ironic. haha I don’t fully support people to rely on this kind of drink, but just on the day that you know you won’t have a chance to get a proper serving of salad, this may come in handy. Be sure to get the 100% veggies one and not the one with juice blend.

Last is the new sandwich! I was quite excited about this new sandwich from Famima. Why? It’s rye bread with basil/chicken and colorful veggies fillings. The taste is pretty delicious although the chicken is not that substantial. It’s so yummy and flavorful. The texture is good too: you get a crunch from almonds and green beans which goes well with the softer texture of the bread and basil spread. It tastes quite similar to the salad product I wrote about before. The whole pack is around 350 kcal, so….not too bad I think. However, to be honest, this sandwich though delicious still cannot beat the ones from Starbucks whose both quality and price are higher.

Let me know what you bought from your nearest convenience store!

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THAILAND EDITION> Healthy snacks in Bangkok: バンコクのコンビニでのヘルシースナッグ

I know I haven’t update my posts for a (long) while. It is because I’m back to Bangkok for a while! And….because of my love for combini discovery is very persistent, I roamed into Seven-eleven in Bangkok to figure out how much snacks industry in Thailand has developed. The result: I was fairly impressed with the products though the variety isn’t much many as in Japan (dah!).

Most snacks I spotted are crispy and packed in small packages, which is a new trend of snacks I saw lately. Before, snacks were sold in relatively larger package, meant to be shared among friends. I’m gonna show you 3 snacks that I found very tasty as well as reflect Thai flavors.

1. Entree’s “Crispy roasted pork” 
Very crispy and good combination to go with drinks. Only 45 kcal per package (14 g.), 5 g. of sugar, 5 g. of protein, and NO FAT. Note that there are 10 mg. of cholesterol though. 🙂Image

 

 

 

 

2. Sanaku.
Meant to mimic the word Sunaggu (スナッグ) in Japanese, this snack is made with anchovy fish, so flavorful with salty flavor. I can guarantee the crispiness!! Nutritional label: 150 kcal, 10g. of fat, 14 g. of protein, and NO SUGAR

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3. Chao Le’s crispy white-scaled fish in Larb flavor (just as written on the package).
If you’re a fan of spicy Thai salad dish called Larb then you might like this as well. Nutritional label: 130 kcal, 5 g. of fat, 12 g. of protein, and 5 g. of sugar.

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Now…if you happened to be travelling in Bangkok and feel like crunching something in the hot afternoon (as often I do) then try find these alternatives to potato chips in any convenience stores near your stay!

Have fun snacking healthy!

Crispy Sardines “Koiwashi” : パリパリこいわし

Another best finding for afternoon snacks!! I went to Donki-hote the other day, and I checked out the alcohol snacks food section. Among many other common snacks like beef jerky, soft squid, and nuts that I introduced before, I found this crispy and spicy small sardines that fit the ideal requirement of a nutritious and healthy snack! — Pari pari Koiwashi. (Iwashi is sardine and ko- is small)

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I’m sorry for the photo lol I took this after finishing the whole bag. So here’s why I love this snack!

– it’s non-fried but so crispy! That’s why it’s only 1.7 grams of fat
– It’s low in carbs! only 1.1 grams
– low calories and high protein..78 kcal with a whole lot of 14.7 grams of fiber!!! That’s even more than a whole pack of tofu >< What a great way to increase your daily protein intake!
– Bones are also incorporated so, no doubt, it’s high in calcium! 

Hands down! This snack will provide you with loadssss of protein and calcium easily. Did I mention how crunchy and scrumptious it is!? Try to find this in the alcohol (beer, wine, sake, etc.) section in Donki-hote (ドンキ・ホーテ), which is usually separated as its own section. The snacks that are eaten together with them are usually sold together. 😀