Snacks To Supercharge Your Workday
When the 3pm snack attack hits, it's easy to fall into the temptation of the break room donuts. Sometimes willpower isn't enough to keep you away from high fat, high sugar, treats, especially when you have nothing else to snack on. Preparation is key! Keeping healthy snacks on-hand can help you fight the urge to indulge.
Here are some ideas for easy, healthy snacks:
Crunchy, salty, delicious and full of healthy fats? Nuts such as almonds, walnuts, cashews and pecans are great options to keep on hand when your tummy starts to grumble. Because nuts are high in calories, portion each serving size in small snack bags to avoid overdoing it. And, choose raw, unsalted nuts when possible to avoid added oils, sugars, and salt.
You can buy roasted chickpeas pre-made or make your own at home! Roasted chickpeas are a great salty snack that are packed full of plant based protein.
It's hard to ignore a sweet tooth. Having dark chocolate on hand is a great option when sweets temp you. Mix dark chocolate with a handful of nuts for a sweet and salty combo.
Bananas, oranges, and apples are a sweet and easy option to have on hand. They are full of fiber and healthy carbohydrates to power you through the rest of your workday.
Add hummus to your afternoon snack. Pair with veggies, wheat crackers, or pretzels to pump up your protein. Experiment with making your own or choose from the variety of flavors offered at the grocery store.
If you find yourself mindlessly eating throughout the day, popcorn is a great, low calorie choice. Pop your own at home with an air popper or buy bagged popcorn without butter.
Beef Jerky isn't only reserved for camping! This super portable snack is great for a mid-day protein boost and they last a long time too. Keep a bag or two in your desk when you're hungry for a salty snack. Not into beef? Try out other meat jerky options such as chicken or bison.
Carbs aren't the enemy! Look for whole grain crackers such as Mary's Gone Crackers or Triscuits. These whole grains will fill you up and keep you focused.
If you're stuck at your desk for lunch, personal-sized tuna pouches are a great stand-in snack to hold you over. Tuna is filled with not only protein but healthy Omega 3 fatty acids. Opt for water-packed tuna or one without oil that doesn't need draining at all.
Whole Food Bars
In a pinch, snack bars are a great option to reach for, as long as you're reaching for the right one. Look for bars with whole ingredients. We love Rx bars, KIND bars, and Larabars.