Humble, affordable, versatile, fiber-rich oats can be sweet, savory, and/or spicy. Keep a stash of single-serve oatmeal cups or packets in your desk drawer for days when an apple just won’t cut it and you need something a little more substantial. Make sure to use plain oats (not the flavored kind) so you can avoid artificial ingredients. Heat with water or your preferred dairy or plant-based milk, and combine with a touch of honey, cinnamon, and/or cayenne pepper. Add fresh or dried fruits such as berries, bananas, raisins, or apples, plus a nut such as walnuts or almonds, for a snack that has the nutrition and filling quality of a well-balanced meal.
Instead of adding just fruit to your snack, make the fruit the main attraction. Applesauce retains the fiber and other nutrients lost to juice, but provides an easy-to-enjoy snack. Mix it up with nuts and seeds for crunch, or add blueberries for color variety and additional vitamins and antioxidants. (Just check the label to make sure there aren’t a bunch of additives or additional sugars.)
Hummus + crackers/veggies/whole-grain bread
Far more than a party snack, hummus can replace mayo in sandwiches and wraps. Served cold or room temperature, it’s a perfect spread or dip for whole-grain crackers or bread, or even favorite veggies such as bell pepper slices, carrots, broccoli, or sugar snap peas. An average third-cup serving of hummus has six grams of protein, plus an array of other benefits including fiber, folate, and minerals. In addition to the party-size tubs you can find at the store or through your office’s snack provider, many hummus brands offer single-serve packages, which take up minimal breakroom fridge space and are perfect for an office snack.
Turkey roll-ups + cheese/hummus/veggies
Deli turkey has many advantages, including lean protein and flexibility. Instead of making a tortilla-based wrap, you can make a savory, high-protein rollup with a few slices of turkey and your choice of fillings. Take four to six slices of deli turkey, and add a tablespoon of raw or steamed veggies, a teaspoon of your choice of spread (such as hummus, mustard, or cream cheese), and maybe a pickle slice for tang and crunch. Roll up like a wrap or taquito, and you have a quick, no-fuss snack that will tide you over until your next meal. To keep this snack as whole food as possible, order natural turkey with no added fillers.
Unsweetened nut butter + an ounce of dark chocolate
Having a healthy, whole food snack doesn’t mean you can’t also entertain your sweet tooth—and what better than the wonderful combination of nut butter and a piece of 70% cacao dark chocolate? Peanut butter, almond butter, and cashew butter, for instance, all contain healthy fat, minerals, and protein that help fill you up and sustain your energy longer than a sugar-laden candy bar. Nut butters come in single-serve packets, or you can just stash a whole jar in your desk. A typical nut butter serving is around two tablespoons, which is more than enough to spread on an ounce or two of dark chocolate, a great source of antioxidants, flavonoids, and outright deliciousness. To steer clear of a sugar crash, go for a dark chocolate variety that’s 70% cacao.
Snacking healthy on the go
Some days may have you jet-setting from meeting to meeting, there may be a crisis, big project, or just a hectic day in the office where a tight schedule makes it challenging to snack healthy. Plus, research shows stressful situations make it easy to want to hit candy and junk food. But if you have plenty of portable, healthy snacks at the ready you can handle that tough day more effectively. Here are a few snack ideas that are easy to keep at your desk, in your car, or in your bag, no matter what the day brings.
Whether you buy a pre-packaged mix or create your own at home, trail mix is the ultimate versatile snack. Combine your preferred nuts (such as almonds, peanuts, or pistachios), seeds (such as sunflower or pumpkin), dried fruit (such as raisins or dried cranberries), and even dried legumes (such as roasted peas, edamame, or chickpeas). The result? A protein-filled, well-rounded snack that is always ready to eat. Add a touch of sweet indulgence too, such as dark chocolate chips. Remember, though, a typical adult’s daily serving of nuts is 1.5 oz. (or one-third cup), so go easy on the handfuls and enjoy every crunchy, satisfying bite. When you’re not rushing around, trail mix can be mixed in with oatmeal, yogurt, or applesauce too.
Office snacks don’t have to be junk food packed with sugar, fat, or salt. And healthy office snacks don’t have to be bland or boring either. Whole food office snacks can be simple, last a long time, and be a snap to bring on the go. Not only will you encourage a healthier lifestyle, you may boost your productivity too—and that’s always welcome at the office.
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