My Healthy Workplace Snacks

Afternoons can be difficult during the week if you’re like me. I very rarely go straight home after work, so if I start feeling a hint of hunger before 5 pm, I know I’m in trouble. I might get a drink with friends, have to go grocery shopping, run errands, or work late. Those are always the times that I reach for whatever is handy. And in my office, what’s handy is the vending machine. There aren’t many healthy options, so I need to bring my own.

Tomorrow I’m bringing a larger than normal lunch bag to work. In there you will find:

  • Chunks of marble jack cheese. Why chunks of cheese instead of cheese sticks? It’s cheaper. 🙂 Cheese is a great snack because the protein keeps me full.
  • Vegetables and hummus. I included carrots, cucumber strips, celery, and grape tomatoes. You could also use sweet pepper strips, broccoli, cauliflower, or really any other crisp veggies.
  • Celery, raisins, and peanut butter. The celery plays double-duty for this and the previous entry. Because sometimes you need a little bit of sweetness. And a bit of nostalgia. Ants on a log, anyone?
  • Almonds or other nuts. I chuckled at people who claimed to munch on these when they get the nibbles, but a very small handful is filling!

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  • Dried fruit. I have raisins and dried apricots in one bag. These can be snacked on alone or added to oats for a really filling mini-meal.
  • An apple. Another example of something playing double duty. Combine this with the peanut butter above, and you have another snack full of childhood nostalgia.
  • Oats. As mentioned above, this can be a very simple but filling meal. You can mix a little bit of brown sugar and spices right in with the oats so it’s ready to pop in the microwave. This is something I keep at the office.
  • Siggi’s yogurt. Or another good-quality yogurt. I used to buy cheaper yogurt like Yoplait. A friend at work introduced me to Siggi’s, and there was no going back. It’s so much better, and the texture is so dreamy that it satisfies my sweet tooth.

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These are just what I’m bringing this week. It probably seems like a lot to carry, but it’s not that bad. Some of it will keep for a while, so I’ll leave a small container of oats at work, a container of almonds, etc. I cut up enough vegetables for the entire week of snacks and will take sandwich bags of them as I need it.

Here are some other ideas for your healthy work snacks:

  • Homemade granola bars. Store bought bars can be very full of sugar and hidden ingredients. You’re better off making your own so you know what you’re consuming.
  • Cottage cheese. I personally love this with raisins, pineapple, and walnuts. People think I’m nuts (ha!) until they try it.
  • Dark chocolate. This isn’t the most filling snack, but when you need chocolate, you need chocolate. And dark chocolate has a lot of health benefits…in moderation.
  • Bananas or other fruit.
  • Boiled eggs.
  • Low-sodium jerky.
  • Homemade popcorn.
  • Tuna or egg salad with healthy crackers.
  • Roasted chickpeas.
  • Deli meat and cheese rollups.

 

What are your favorite snacks to have on-hand at work?

 

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