With the new year upon us, it has been a real challenge to get on the right track healthwise. Now I am not a terrible eater on a standard day by any means, but that doesn’t mean that I don’t fall victim to a birthday spread at work some days or that third beer that I really really should say no to. That is what I have been trying to change in my day to day these past fews weeks, installing healthy options into the workplace. It is so much easier to say yes to cookies at your office baby shower when you are starving and that salad you ate for lunch just isn’t cutting it. But keeping healthy snacks like the below options on hand can help curb those afternoon cravings.
I did a little digging around the internet and I was really inspired by Nuts.com to create a list of the eight healthy snacks that I always have on hand to reach for at work. Most of them don’t even require recipes, but the ones that do are SUPER simple, making healthy snacking an attainable daily goal.
1. D.I.Y. Kind Bars
As delicious and healthy as Kind bars are, they come in unnecessary plastic packaging and they cost a pretty penny. That is why this D.I.Y granola hack satisfies your biggest Kind bar cravings and plus side, it is also great on yogurt to create a unique parfait.
This recipe could not be simpler and takes only minutes to whip up. And the plus to eating these healthy chips? They have significantly less fat than regular potato chips since they are baked and not deep fried. Additionally Kale (unlike potatoes) is actually good for you and is chock full of vitamins and minerals.
3. Trail Mix
Trail mix is always a great option to have on hand, but homemade is best (you can avoid any unknown ingredients this way). For my trail mix I typically mix one cup almonds, 1 cup sunflower seeds, 1 cup raisins, 1/2 cup dried cranberries, 1/2 cup coconut flakes, 2 tbsp chocolate chips, 1 tbsp chia seeds and 2 tbsp pistachios. This creates a mix that is high in protein and healthy fats (from the nuts), as well as vitamin c and healthy sugars (from the dried fruit). Also is tastes delicious and keeps you super full.
4. Avocado and Pita Crackers
This is a super easy snack to whip up and anything with avocado is a favorite indulgence of mine. The avocado is high in healthy fats, omegas and vitamin E. Plus on a pita cracker (versus a butter cracker or chip) it is more filling and keeps your cravings at bay.
5. Bell Peppers and Hummus
Another quick fix is just some chopped up bell peppers with hummus. I like to keep a mini cutting board at my desk for chopping up fruits and veggies so I can grab a bite like this in the middle of the day (or you can prep at home and bring into work with you pre-chopped). Red bellpeppers contain the highest levels of vitamin c of any bell pepper and they also contain capsaicin, which has multiple health benefits. Plus hummus is packed with protein and fiber, keeping you away from the chips and dip without feeling deprived.
6. Apples and Almond Butter
If you have a sweet tooth like me, apples are the perfect thing to have on hand at all times. They are loaded with sugars (the healthy kind the don’t make your blood sugar go crazy), soluble fiber and are proven to help lower cholesterol. Drizzle on some almond butter and you have a healthy snack full of protein and yumminess!
7. Cottage Cheese and Peaches
Cottage cheese contains a lot of protein and calcium and frankly it is totally delicious. Throw in some peaches or nectarine slices and you can get a sweet punch without all the calories. I also sometimes eat this for breakfast, but I will add tomatoes instead of peaches.
8. Copy Cat Superfood
Last week I showed you guys my three favorite meals on the go and this guy is still on my brain! This “copycat” superfood smoothie contains tons of vitamins and minerals from all the fruits and veggies it contains (apples, bananas, pineapple, kale spinach, nectarines etc) and additionally it packs a protein punch from the coconut milk it contains. It is super duper filling and it is a breeze to make. Additionally, unlike other smoothies I have made that can get congealed and weird, this one is still great when stored in the fridge over night!
I hope that you guys found this helpful and that you learned something new! Also be sure to check out nuts.com
‘s snack page to see my recipes there, as well as a ton of other great healthy recipes!
Do you have any go-to snack recipes?