12 Healthy Snacks to Take to Work
By Sarah Parker Ward
Work is a daily blur of non-stop meetings and emails sandwiched between tiring commutes and kid drop-offs and pickups, if you’ve got little ones. No wonder that eating healthy can seem like it requires more trouble than its worth – but it doesn’t have to be hard. These no-mess, easy-to-make snacks are the perfect on-the-go solution to helping you eat right and stay fit. With a little planning ahead and a good grocery shop the week ahead, you can keep your desk packed with healthy options that will get you through your workday feeling great.
Kale chips: Sprinkle raw kale with some olive oil and salt, and bake at 375 for 10 minutes to make your own. (Tip: Check your teeth after.)
Trail mix: Toss seeds, nuts and dried fruit into a bag and you’re ready to go! These protein packs will fill you up without bloating and keep the munchies away.
Apple and cheese slices: Enjoy this crisp and tangy snack and take a deep, refreshing breath and you’ll feel like you’re munching at a cafe in Paris.
Hummus and veggies: Packed with filling protein and yummy vitamins, this winning combo will fill you up healthfully.
Protein bar: High-tail it to your supermarket and stock up on a variety of bars until you find the ones that hit just the right spot.
Hard-boiled egg: Peel it before you leave for work to keep it simple – and go easy on the salt.
Low-fat popcorn: A whopping 3.5 cups are a mere 100 calories, meaning you can munch like they’re potato chips, but enjoy the healthy perks of a high-fiber veggie.
Oatmeal: A perfect cool-weather comfort food, oatmeal is low in calories and high in fiber, which is great for digestion and your heart.
Guacamole with bean chips: Skip the traditional tortilla chips in favor of protein-packed bean-based alternatives, and rely on fresh guacamole for lots of good fats.
High-protein smoothie: Toss some fruit, ground flax seed, yogurt and orange juice into a blender first thing in the morning and leave in your office fridge until it’s snack time.
Nut butter and rice cakes: Cashew or almond butter are great flavor alternatives to the standby of peanut butter, and rice cakes have minimal calories, while also being gluten-free.
Roasted edamame: Also known as a power food, these baby soybeans bring a healthy serving of protein, fiber and antioxidants your way. Plus, they’re available in many flavors.
Getting through the workday can be tough, but finding snacks that are healthy and portable is easy. Pick out five of these go-to office snacks at the start of each week, so you have a healthy, satisfying solution every day.
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