Snacks are awesome. They bridge the gaps between our meals, provide us a little mental reset, and can oftentimes lead to a healthier weight.
How does this magic work exactly? Well, let me tell you:
Incorporating snacks into your mid-morning and mid-afternoon can balance out your blood sugar, preventing those dreaded spikes and crashes. A proper snack can also lead to sustained energy by providing you with energy all day long.
Remember, food is fuel. So without adding gas to your tank, you will quickly run out leading to decreased productivity and a crabby mood.
What about the healthy weight you may ask? When you provide your body with proper fuel throughout the day, you don’t meet meal time with starvation. You have more control when you dinner plate lands on the table, leading to decreased portions and less chance of over-eating. In fact, oftentimes I recommend snacks to most of my nutrition clientele.
The perfect snack follows a simple formula: Protein + Produce. This will give you carbs for a quick energy bump combined with fiber and protein for sustaining that energy. This snack duo also lends itself to be quite portable. A no fuss approach to feeling better throughout the day is always welcome.
Here are some healthy snacks for work to sustain your energy, keep your focus locked in, and promote that healthy weight:
1. Cucumber Sandwiches
Cucumber sandwiches follow that perfect snack combo of protein + produce. The light and refreshing cucumber “buns” are a great delivery system for the protein-rich turkey slices.
Cucumbers are also a great source of hydration as they are made up of mostly water! And, yes, you can eat your water.
2. Tuna Salad Cucumbers
Cucumbers again?! Yup, these little fruits (not even a veg) are so easy and friendly for all snackers.
Creating open-faced tuna salad sandwiches is a great way to have snack that will keep you going until your next meal. The tuna provides you with healthy fats that pairs nicely with the crunch of the fibrous cucumber.
3. The Classic: Trail Mix
This classic combination is a tried and true method of snacking for a reason. It’s super easy, fun to mix up, and provides a nutritious punch.
Check out this list of some great trail mix variations and ideas! Be sure to go for low-sodium nuts and no sugar added dried fruits to keep unwanted empty calories at bay.
4. Apple Cookies
You can call these dessert nachos or apple cookies. But either way they make one heck of a snack!
Easy to pack and prepare, these apple cookies are loaded with delicious fuel for your mid-morning pick-me-up. And as a bonus, these are very simple to customize to whatever flavor combinations you fancy!
5. Banana Hemp Seed Sushi
Hemp seeds are great! In case you don’t know why, hemp seeds are loaded with vitamin E, iron, and healthy fats.
Pair these little powerhouse seeds with the power of peanut butter and a nutrient dense banana, you have the perfect combination for a snack! Thinking back on perfect snack formula of protein + produce, this snack follows that to a T!
6. Almond Butter and Banana Open Sandwich
Another classic as it should be; but with a twist. In order to save time and shave off a few extra calories, use your banana as your delivery system. Top it with extra goodies and eat with a fork and knife or dive in to make it finger food!
This recipe is great to have all the ingredients for in your desk drawer!
7. Baba Ganoush
Baba Ganoush is like hummus’s forgotten cousin. It’s delicious and in my book, doesn’t get enough recognition! This eggplant based dip is a great source of fiber, copper, and vitamin B. You can use carrot sticks or seeded crackers to much this perfect snack down!
8. Blueberry Pudding
Chia seeds are little protein packets. And when soaked, they make a delicious pudding.
Bump up that pudding with fresh fruit and you have the perfect sweet treat to keep you going until lunch-time!
9. Cowboy Caviar
Cowboy caviar is a typical Sunday football food, however, have you ever thought of making a little extra for the week’s snacks? With all the beans and veggies, it is loaded with sustaining energy.
Pack this in a small to-go container with your favorite chips and you are all set from lunch to dinner!
10. Greek Yogurt & Crushed Almond Banana Popsicles
Greek yogurt and crushed almond banana popsicles are the perfect snack swap for when you are feeling something sweet. Much better for you than the vending machine but they are just as indulgent!
In this snack recipe, the Greek yogurt and almonds provide the protein that covers the banana (aka produce of course).
11. Roasted Garlic Kale Hummus
Hummus alone should be on everyones list of superfoods! And this one is blended with kale for an extra nutrition bump. The roasted garlic provides a great flavor without making it too spicy.
I highly recommend this hummus with your favorite whole grain crackers or cut veggies!
12. Avocado Deviled Eggs
Deviled eggs always feel so fancy to eat. Now add whipped avocado into the mixture and they are indulgent! Another great example of creating a snack that follows the winning formula of protein + produce.
As a bonus, the avocados provide a hearty dense of good for you fats and flavor!
13. Peach Caprese Skewers
This snack couldn’t be simpler to make and take! You can keep them in skewer form or throw all the ingredients into your Tupperware container to eat as a salad.
Be sure to slice a ripe peach as the sweetness of the peach pairs wonderfully with the creamy mozzarella, fresh basil, and the acidity of the tomatoes!
14. Hard Boiled Egg and Avocado Bowl
Eggs are an excellent source of protein, packing 6 grams in each large one. This seasoned snack bowl is great for an afternoon break or morning nosh. Plus the red bell peppers not only add flavor but also a great dose of vitamin A, C, and B!
15. Protein Packed Oatmeal Cups
You can probably go ahead and call these muffins, but they are healthy muffins!
Using your favorite protein powder, these protein packed oatmeal cups are fully customizable to your liking. You can add fruit (yes, please!), nuts, spices, and a bit of sweetener.
The oatmeal base gives you a nice dosing of fiber that will help these muffins last you until you get to sit down for your next meals.
16. Salmon Avocado Toast
One man’s Sunday brunch order is another’s power snack. To keep from getting too out of control with the calories, opt for a thin slice of toast and 1/4 of an avocado. Top it with high-quality smoked salmon to bask in the Omega 3 healthy fats!
17. Kale Berry and Acai Power Smoothie
Smoothies are a wonderful invention. No time to eat? No worries, drink your snack!
This kale berry and acai power smoothie is chockfull of nutrients, fiber, and protein creating a winning combination!
18. Vegetable Quinoa Chickpea Salad
This is a great snack that can be made in bulk for the whole week. With the chickpeas and quinoa paired with the cucumber and other veggies, this is a light salad that does a wonderful job of bridging the gap between meals.
19. Apple Chai Energy Balls
These are so perfect for those cozy days when you are stuck inside working. These apple chai energy balls are packed with fiber, antioxidants and protein.
Be sure to use old-fashioned oats for more nutrient dense energy balls.
20. Peanut Butter Smoothie
Everyone loves peanut butter. This peanut butter smoothie is the perfect combination to make it a great snack! Pour yourself a small glass and sip away the hanger!
21. Gluten-Free Black Bean Brownies
Is this permission to eat brownies for a healthy snack? When they are made of black beans it is!
The best part about these brownies is that you can’t tell they are healthy at all. The beans provide the protein that compliments the antioxidants of the chocolate and nuts.
22. Chipotle Lime Edamame
Edamame are whole soy pods that are excellent covered in any flavor combination you can think of! You can make these little guys right at the office with a bag of frozen edamame heated in the company microwave and then topped with all the ingredients.
Simple, easy, and beats that weird buttery popcorn smell that floats down the hallway on Friday afternoons.
23. Cheesy Spinach Quinoa Cups
These are great for on the go and freeze really well! That means you can make them in batches to last you weeks at a time!
The spinach and cheese creates an indulgent snack that won’t cost you tons of calories and hold you over to make it to that 4 o’clock meeting.
24. No Bake Sweet and Salty Granola Bars
These bars are loaded with good-for-you nuts and seeds. Keeping these in your desk drawer will help curb those hunger pains and afternoon 3 pm slump we all know so well.
25. Fancy Rice Cakes
Rice cakes can be bland on their own, but when you top them like this they are anything but!
These rice cakes are transformed into delicious snacks that will have you rushing to the break room!
Snacks are an essential part of balanced eating! It is so important to keep our bodies fueled with good ingredients to keep them working as proficiently as we need them to.
Adding snacks to your day will help you meet deadlines, improve productivity, and not fall asleep on your keyboard each afternoon.
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