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6 Ways to Up the Ante on Your #SadDeskLunch

Many of America’s nine-to-fivers eat lunch at their desks every day, and the most tragic part of that is what they’re eating: a veritable buffet of questionable edibles that have inspired an entire meme. Yes, The Sad Desk Lunch is trending, and you may be part of the buzz. Below, a few ways you can rescue your midday meal and save yourself from unfortunate Internet fame.

Cheese Spread from Copper Cowbell

What: Individually packaged Asiago flavor bombs. Despite being totally shelf-stable, this gourmet spread is all-natural.
How: Slather it on rice cakes, crackers, or toast—or swap it with that boring slice of Swiss on your sandwich.

Chipotle Paste from Olo's

What: Meet our newly crowned King of Condiments. Smoky with a hint of citrus, it stays fresh in an aluminum tube.
How: This fiery wonder works just as well on sandwiches as it does on day-old pizza. It’s also a great secret recipe ingredient, should you ever find time to spend in the kitchen.

Dry Hot Sauce from Vesta

What: This is not a cruel joke, nor is it an astronaut’s imitation of real food. It’s just a brilliant blend of dried chiles, onions, breadcrumbs, and herbs—with a dash of salt and sugar—that will make you totally rethink your sriracha habit.
How: Substitute for regular hot sauce in anything and everything. Shake it on salads, sandwiches, veggies, nuked leftovers—or really, whatever you can find in the office fridge.

Spreadable Fruit from Sarabeth's

What: A desk essential for the sweet tooth, this all-natural berry blend hails from NYC’s jam master.
How: Spread it on toast, rice cakes, or crackers. In the morning, scoop some into your oatmeal for a dessert-like power breakfast.

Dried Fruit & Nut Mix from Baja Blend

What: Another individually packed innovation, this zesty take on trail mix contains habanera almonds, sweet and salty peanuts, and mango-infused cranberries.
How: Ditch the desktop candy stash (and afternoon crash) and pop this crunchy-sweet treat instead. Attempt to only eat one packet per sitting. Fail miserably.

Herbal Salt from Sel Magique

What: You’ve got a cubicle, a business card, and a 401(k)—you’ve earned this. Hand-harvested from France, this natural sea salt is infused with savory herbs from the Provence region.
How: Just a sprinkle will instantly enhance the flavor of last-night’s leftovers, frozen meals, soups, salads, or the steamed vegetables that would otherwise be an inadequate reward for all your hard work.

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