Eating healthy while at work can be a challenge. If you have a short lunch break, it’s tempting to order take-out or head to your favorite fast-food chain.
Snacking can be just as challenging considering chips and candy are so cheap and easy.
Luckily, there are plenty of great snacks for work. Here are some ideas for healthy and delicious work snacks.
If you’re craving salt, nuts are the way to go. They have lower fat and salt contents than chips.
Nuts are also a great source of protein. For vegans, nuts are a must-have snack.
They are one of the most natural protein sources and are easier for your body to process than supplements.
Make sure no one in your office has nut allergies before sharing.
Buying nuts or nut mixes in bulk is the way to go. If you want to take things to the next level, roast and season nuts yourself.
It’s a lot easier than you would think and usually cheaper than buying pre-seasoned nuts. And it’s always healthier.
- Granola Bars
Granola is a versatile and healthy snack. It’s easy to make and personalize.
On its own, granola goes great in yogurt or in overnight oats. However, it’s not the easiest to package and take to work.
That’s why granola bars are a work time favorite. Here is a guide on how to make your own.
Homemade granola bars have less sugar than store bought. They’re also a great way to get creative.
Add some spices like cinnamon and nutmeg for a bit of extra flavor. To make things even healthier, substitute sugar for honey or agave syrup.
- Dried Fruits
Fresh fruit is great, but it goes bad easily and smells bad if it rots. There’s nothing worse than finding a squashed banana in your bag.
Dried fruit is easier to transport and store over a long period of time. It’s easy to hide in your desk and doesn’t take up much space.
Just make sure to keep dried fruits well-sealed to prevent bugs from getting in.
Dried fruits are an ideal source of fiber. They naturally have high sugar contents, making them great for the mid-afternoon slump.
Raisins are a classic option. Other good dried fruits that are easy to snack on include dried apricots, pineapple, and plums.
Dried fruit chips like banana chips are another popular crowd-pleaser.
For an office party, hummus is a must-have. It is a healthy alternative to ranch or French onion dip and can be used with just about everything.
Hummus is a great dip for veggies such as carrots, bell peppers, and celery. It also pairs well with chips and crackers.
It’s an ideal group snack since it is naturally vegan and doesn’t have common allergies such as nuts or dairy.
In a pinch, store bought hummus is good. Once you make homemade hummus, you’ll never buy hummus again.
Here is a good basic hummus recipe. After you’ve mastered the base recipe, spice things up with some roasted red pepper or other spices.
If you feel like getting really creative, try making baba ganoush, an eggplant-based style of hummus. It’s a yummy way to sneak some vegetables into your diet!
Sandwiches are the classic work time lunch. You might feel like a kid, but who doesn’t love a great peanut butter and jelly sandwich?
It’s easy to get creative with sandwiches, so if you get bored of the basic recipe, change things up!
If you want to really impress your colleagues, bake your own bread or swing by a local bakery.
If you’re having a work party, having a make-your-own sandwich bar is a great way to keep everyone happy.
It’s also a great staple to have in the office kitchen so employees can make their own lunch.
Pretty much everyone loves sandwiches. It’s pretty easy to find good gluten-free bread and healthy whole-grain options.
Try pairing the sandwiches with some of the other snacks we mentioned for a super healthy and delicious lunch!
These are just a few ideas to get you started. There’s no reason why you shouldn’t be able to stay healthy while at work. These recipes and ideas will help you do just that.