10 Healthy Snacks to Keep at Work
Whether you're looking to lose a few pounds or maintain a healthy weight, stocking up on healthy snacks for work is essential. Fueling your body with quality nutrition will increase energy levels, helping you feel more productive, and also stave off fatty and sugary cravings.
- Fresh fruit: You can't go wrong with fresh fruit at the office! Put your favorite sliced fruits and berries together in a beautiful salad for the office fridge, so you can scoop out the perfect portion to enjoy all week long. If that sounds like too much effort, pack low-maintenance picks like apples, oranges, and pears, so all you need to do is wash and eat.
- Veggies: Bring a tub of baby carrots, celery sticks, or already steamed edamame to the office. You can easily find prepackaged options at your grocery store, but skip the ranch or blue cheese dressing, and opt for a small side of hummus instead to offer your body some protein.
- Healthy bars: Unfortunately, not all bars deemed "healthy" are created equal. Look for bars that are relatively low in sugar and high in fiber and protein. If you eat a bar that's all carbs and sugar, then chances are you'll experience a crash after eating it, just as if you'd chowed down on a candy bar.
- Single servings of trail mix: Take the issue of portion control out of the picture, and prepackage small baggies of trail mix or dried fruit and nuts at home. Not only will you save money, but you'll also be able to keep tabs on exactly how much you're eating.
- Preportioned cheese: Having some string cheese on hand is a good idea for the dairy-lovers out there. Cheese brings protein and calcium to your snack-time routine.
- Whole grain crackers: Whole grain crackers are also a much better idea than snacking on a bag of fried chips, and they offer the crunch you're looking for. For a perfect midday, post-workout snack, string cheese can be served up with some hearty crackers to deliver an ideal blend of protein and carbs.
- Nut butter: A single serving of nut butter truly satisfies! Buy a handful of packets at the grocery store to smear on your apple or crackers all week long.
- Yogurt cup: A cup of yogurt is one of the easiest healthy breakfasts out there, and it's also an ideal snack. This protein-rich food can feel like a treat when some fresh fruit or even a light drizzle of honey is thrown on top.
- Popcorn: Don't fall victim to the buttery, salty microwaved bags at the office. Snack freely by air-popping your own at home, and bring it in for a special snack.
- Cereal: Skip the sugar-laden stuff, and opt for a fiber-rich whole grain cereal. Instant oatmeal packets are another great snack to have hidden in your desk drawers when hunger strikes — or when you're running late and skipped breakfast by mistake.