10 Super Easy Healthy Snacks To Take To The Office
It seems like 9 to 5 jobs were created for one reason, and one reason only: To ruin your ability to stay healthy.
Let’s be honest, sticking to a healthy regimen can be a challenge in today’s fast paced work environment. The moment you walk into the office you’re are bombarded by vending machines, treats in the break room and an endless supply of food trucks parked outside the building. So what’s a professional to do when faced with the tantalizing temptations that corporate life brings?
The answer may be as simple as tweaking your program to have healthy snacks for the office!
Studies have shown that the most effective way of sticking to a healthy diet is by grazing on treats through out the day that are both high in protein and fiber. These two nutrients will not only satiate your appetite but also keep your hunger at bay. In fact, a new study released by the Nutrition Journal found that foods that are high in protein helped participants feel fuller longer and even led to less calorie consumption at dinner time.
On the other hand, fiber is also well known for having the benefit of adding more “bulk” to the foods you eat. This can offer instant gratification from those hunger pangs when you’re ravenous and ready to tear through that bag of chocolate chip cookies. By incorporating snacks with these two nutrients into your diet you can satisfy your hunger and cure that hankering for junk food that many of us fall prey to in between meals.
While there are plenty of healthy snack options to choose from, the snacks on our top 10 list made the cut for their ability to fill you up, keep you healthy and happy for the long term. With these nutritious office snack ideas in your arsenal, not only can you stick to your healthy regimen, but you can enjoy yourself while doing it!
Let’s start the countdown:
10) Chia Seed Pudding
“Ch-ch-ch-Chia!” Do you remember your first Chia pet? Thought so! Well, we bet you didn’t realize that the same fun little seeds were not only edible, but also a bona-fide nutrition juggernaut.
While you can put chia seeds in smoothies, sprinkle them on salads or even throw them in water, by far the tastiest recipe for this super-food is Chia Seed pudding.
It’s time to indulge a little bit- the healthy way! This pudding is sugar free, vegan, paleo friendly and can be doctored up any way you want it! Just mix:
- 1/4 cup of chia seeds with 2 cups of the milk of your choice (our personal favorite is coconut milk)
- Mix in 1 teaspoon vanilla, a serving of stevia and any extra ingredients you can think of
- Add some berries for an extra tasty treat
There you have it! A delicious dessert with the added health benefits of providing omega 3’s, protein, fiber and even suppressing your appetite.
We recommend Nativas Naturals Organic chia seeds for your pudding pleasure. Nativa Naturals is the authority on all things super foods and their Chia seeds come in whole and powdered varieties, perfect for those who like to switch it up between a smooth pudding and a tapioca texture.
Nutritionists and health enthusiasts alike have always had a love affair with Almonds. They have been the darling of the healthy snacking community for years, and for good reason!
Almonds boast some serious nutritional chops, coming in with 20 grams of protein, 11% of your daily fiber intake and plenty of B vitamins. Not to mention they are delicious, portable and widely available. Basically they’re a healthy snacker’s dream come true so they obviously made the cut on our list of top 10 healthy snacks for the office.
Our pick of choice for the best brand? Blue Diamond of course! Their one hundred calorie packs are a life saver for a schedule that is tightly packed, and with so many flavors to choose from there’s plenty of variety to keep it interesting.
For those “Do it Yourself” gurus who want a twist on this old classic try spicing them up on your own:
- Empty a big bag of almonds into a sauce pan and drizzle them with olive oil
- Add in some salt, pepper, rosemary, thyme and any other seasoning you can think of to create the custom almond medley of your choice
- Stir the mixture for 10-15 minutes and there you have it, a personalized, wholesome snack that your taste buds will rejoice over
8) Beet Chips
Who wants plain old yellow potato chips when you can have bright red ones instead!? Introducing the most appetizing and crunchy snack on our list- Beet Chips. We dare you to try these delectable morsels and not become down right addicted. They are painless to make and are a fantastic low calorie alternative to fattening traditional chips. Eat them by themselves or combine them with any of your favorite dips and they’re sure to become a snacksation!
To create these culinary confections just slice up the beets and place them on a baking tray with your favorite seasonings. Bake them for 30 minutes and there you have it! Food that both looks good and tastes great. Not to mention that with 4 grams of fiber per beet these snacks will keep your healthy train right on track.
7) Turkey Jerky
When it comes to high protein snacks, Turkey Jerky is the new kid on the block that trumps beef jerky as one of the top healthy snack ideas for work!
Packing upwards of 10 grams of protein with just 80 calories per serving, there has never been a better excuse to add this snack to your stash.
Our “must have” brand of choice is none other than Krave Jerky. Krave brand uses 100% lean cuts of meat that are free of nitrates, added sodium, gluten and preservatives. Multiple varieties of flavor means there’s a little something for everyone. Plus, the meat is so tender we wonder if the cow got regular massages?
6) Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
Pumpkin seeds are not just a tasty treat for Halloween, they’re the healthy snack that your work day is missing! These little guys offer major amounts of magnesium and protein and just ¼cup of these seeds deliver over a third of your daily dose of immunity boosting Zinc.
Because this snack is so easily made, you can create as many variations as your heart desires by just changing up the seasoning. To make them, simply take the seeds out of the pumpkin and clean off the residue, pop them onto a baking tray, season them and place them in the oven for 30 minutes. Couldn’t be easy enough! For a safe, tasty bet try flavors like garlic, paprika and lemon. You can even sweeten them with flavors like brown sugar or cinnamon, if you’re one to have a sweet tooth.
Don’t have time to make your own? No problem! Try picking up a bag of Go Raw Sprouted Pumpkin Seeds from your local grocery store or healthy snack vendor. These versatile little bites are easily stored and can be kept for months, so they’re a natural addition to your desk stash of healthy snacks for the office.
5) Silver Dollar Protein Pancakes
Did someone say healthy snacks? Because these pancakes just took wholesome treats to a whole new level. This nutritional powerhouse takes a little more prep time than some of the other office snacks on our list, but its well worth the extra effort.
To make them simply add together the following ingredients into a mixing bowl, stir the mixture thoroughly and pop it on the skillet:
- 4 egg whites
- 1/2 cup of rolled oats
- 1/2 cup of low fat cottage cheese
- 1/8 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract into a mixing bowl
You can also add in protein powder for those that are looking to pack on some extra pounds… of muscle that is! We recommend using Powerootz Protein powder for its delicious flavor and abundant health benefits.
Just one serving of this super supplement provides 20 grams of protein and 6 servings of greens! A huge plus for those who aren’t too keen on veggies.
The best part about them is that one batch can supply you with snacks for a whole week. A major payoff when its Thursday morning and your looking for some tasty morsels.
4) Hummus Dippers
Oh hummus… How I love thee? Let me count the ways. This next nutrition superstar snack is ridiculously appetizing and is such an easy combination you’ll wonder why it hasn’t been on your radar before.
Hummus dippers pack a serious punch of flavor and are simple to prepare by adding a few tablespoons of your favorite hummus to a portable container with some sliced veggies. Voila! You have a snack that brings on the taste as well as some serious sustenance.
We recommend Sabra Hummus for your snacking satisfaction. Sabra offers a whopping 13 flavors of this delicious dip, so if you’re on a hunt to switch it up then this brand is for you!
These dippers are a vegan and vegetarian friendly, and on top of being high in protein and fiber, chickpeas also have some serious street cred in the health department. With benefits like lowering cholesterol, balancing blood sugar levels, and even reducing the risk of cancer this snack a must have for any office eater.
3) KIND Bars
While pre-packaged snacks may have a bad rep, there are now a ton of brands that are not only tasty, but are also great healthy snacks for the office. KIND bars are one of those brands and while they’re taste is deceivingly delightful, they’re also a guilt free snack that’s sure to kick your salty, sweet cravings to the curb.
This no nonsense, 10 ingredient bar offers 5 grams of protein, 12 grams of sugar and plenty of flavor, making these nut based bars the perfect afternoon pick me up for a long day at the office.
Bonus Benefit: Since these little bars are storable feel free to keep a stash of them in your office drawer. The next time that hunger strikes you will be prepared, armed with these secret snack weapons. Take that hunger!
2) Kale Chips
Do you like riddles? Because we’re about to throw you one. What has more vitamin C than an Orange? More calcium than a container of milk? And more than 100% of your daily vitamin A requirements?
You guessed it – Kale.
So it& should come as no surprise that this nutrient dense leaf made the countdown. I mean, it’s pretty much the hottest vegetable on the scene. But if your appetite immediately went out the door at the mention of this super food then this next snack suggestion is about to change your life.
While typical preparations of Kale can be chewy and tough to get down, Kale chips are a completely different story. They’re crunchy, salty and an all around delectable addition to your daily routine.
Eat them with hummus, guacamole, salsa or even by themselves. There are both store bought and home made varieties so feel free to experiment with whatever works best for you!
If you’re going the store bought route, we recommend Alive and Radiant Kale Chips. These delicious, flavor filled snacks come in multiple varieties and are certified organic, vegan, paleo and gluten free. So they’re a perfect addition to literally any diet under the sun!
With an abundance of flavors like Ranch, Chipotle, Cheese, Dijon mustard and even Chocolate, if you can think it you can make into a kale chip! They provide fiber and not to mention, they get you one step closer to that recommended 9 servings of veggies per day (yep, you heard right..9 servings!)
1) Apple Slices and Peanut Butter
Its 2PM on Wednesday. You’re at the office when hunger strikes. You think you want to go over to the candy bowl and grab a few of those Starbursts you’ve been eyeing. But no, you actually want something much more nourishing and substantial. Announcing our number one pick on this list of healthy snack options for work… Apple slices and peanut butter!
Not only is this snack the perfect blend of sweet and salty flavors but it’s a pairing that racks in nutrients galore. Since the ultimate goal is to satisfy both your hunger cravings while keeping your diet on track, this snack makes for the perfect pairing!
Apples offer a whopping 4.4 grams of fiber while peanut butter provides the protein power, coming in at 8 grams for every 2 tablespoons. Either way you slice it, this delicious combination will satisfy your hunger and will keep your mind running all day!
To keep this snack easy and mobile, for a busy life on the go, we recommend Justin’s Organic Peanut Butter packets. Not only is this stuff delicious and completely organic, but its also portable. Perfect for that mid morning punch of protein in between presentations!
Bonus tip: Make it a sandwich! Place the apple slices on the outside and the peanut butter on the inside until your ready to eat. This will keep the peanut butter contained and will cut down on any post snacking clean up.
Healthy eating at the office boils down to convenience. When the only options nearby are junk food, your will power to stay healthy is bound to break (and break often). Use these healthy snacks ideas to keep better options available at your office.
When you’re eating healthy you’ll find yourself more productive, with more energy throughout the day. When it comes to a healthy regimen, making nutritious choices not only benefits your health – it benefits your life!