How many times have you been at work and a wave of hunger hits you like a battering ram? You could go to the vending machine and snack on candy or chips, but they are high in empty calories and they can put a big damper on your diet.
There’s no denying that snacking while you’re at work can help you curb your hunger so you don’t run to the nearest fast food place, but it’s important that you don’t snack too much because those calories can add up pretty quickly. When you have a nice selection of healthy snacks for work, you don’t have to worry about ruining your diet.
In this list, we have a few ideas of easy healthy snacks for work that can help prevent you from reaching for those high calories, diet ruining snacks.
Whether you buy the peanut butter balls that you find on the shelf at the grocery store, or you make your own, these protein packed snacks can curb your need for something sweet. If you’d like to make this healthy homemade shack for work, all you need is some sugar free peanut butter or almond butter, combine it with some dark chocolate chips and some flax seed for crunch.
Combine the ingredients in a bowl and then shape them into small, bite sized balls. Then pop then in the freezer. One of these little balls is 150 calories, but because they are packed with protein, they’ll keep you full.
Almonds are another great source of protein and a good dose of healthy fat. When you snack on these, you’re getting 9 essential nutrients, they have the highest amount of proteins of other nuts, and they have high amount of fiber, Vitamin E, and the monosaturated fats can help increase your HDL levels.
With a single serve packet of your favorite jerky, you can get up to 7 grams of protein. If you like to snack on something savory, then this may be the thing you’re looking for. You should stick with low-sodium, natural, or lightly flavored options, and stay away from the brands that use a lot of sugar and sodium. Oh, and the jerky stays fresh for a few months when it’s been packaged properly.
Yes, you read that right. Dark chocolate is in the healthy sweet snacks group—as long as it is at least 72% dark. There have been studies that show the numerous benefits of dark chocolate, some of which include boosting your mood, lowering your blood pressure, and even give you some energy to tackle your growing work load, to name a few.
It doesn’t matter if you choose a pre-popped popcorn or the kind you have to pop yourself, popcorn satisfy your cravings for sweet (kettlecorn) or buttery. Why? A 3 1/2 cup serving comes in at less than 100 calories, depending on the variety you choose, that is. And not to mention that amount is plenty to nibble on while you’re trying to meet that deadline.
If you’ve ever wondered how you were supposed to get all those daily servings of fruit in throughout the day, here’s how. You can use fresh fruit for the many vitamins and minerals your body needs, or you can use dried fruits if you need something chewy and sweet to snack on. The dried fruits are packed with fiber and potassium.
You know how you loved fruit roll ups as a kid? You can make deli roll ups and snack on those instead as an adult (heck, your kids may even like them too!). You can increase the protein and nutrition by sneaking in a hard-boiled egg and some vegetables in the roll up too. 2 slices of deli turkey with 1 slice of cheese and a tomato slice is going to give you 11 grams of protein! Not bad for something quick, right?
Add a few tablespoons of your favorite hummus in a container and chop up some vegetables and add them on the side. A fun way to do this is to put it all in a mason jar (yes, we’re hopping on the mason jar bandwagon with this one).
Start with 1/3 cup of hummus at the bottom of the jar. Then add about 6 to 8 vegetable sticks and poke them down into the hummus. This is an incredibly quick healthy snack for work because you can prepare it the night before and grab it on the way out the door.
Not only does tuna fish give you with lots of protein, it’s also packed with omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin D. We like this combo because it can also act like a mini-meal and it’s incredibly simple to whip up. Just open up a 3-ounce packet of albacore tuna salad (we like the one by Starkist) and put a spoonful of the mix on 11 wheat thins. See? Satisfying and simple!
Seaweed snacks are an unusual but healthy snack for work. It’s low in calories and a great alternative to potato chips. They give you a slight crunch, while being salty and a little sweet.
Chickpeas are great for more than just making hummus with. If you have some time the night before, you can roast some chickpeas with basic seasonings to give them a crunchy and nutty bit. You can toss them into a ziplock bag or in a container and snack on them throughout the day.
What are some of your favorite healthy snacks for work? Share with us in the comment section below!