As you all know, I am a frequent snacker.
Food is the fuel that sustains us throughout the day, so its important to give our bodies the supply it deserves. If you’re hungry between meals, it likely means your body has used up all the energy you’ve provided it with and needs some more.
This is a sign of a healthy metabolism and should be honored with delicious, good-for-you snacking.
With that being said, not all snacks are created equally.
Reaching for a bag of chips, candy, or other processed food is not the same as snacking on real, nutritious food. I’ve gotten a lot of requests from friends, readers, and coworkers to do a post on healthy snacks to pack for work. Your wish is my demand, so I have compiled a list of my favorite office snacks to help cure your 3:00pm hungries.
I’ve written this post with portability and an office environment in mind, but all of these snacks are perfect for at-home snacking as well!
1. Raw ruts
Raw nuts are a lifesaver! My favorites include almonds, cashews, pecans, walnuts, or a combination of a few. They’re portable and don’t go bad, so you can keep them in your cube/office for a long time without worry. I always keep a big mason jar of almonds on my desk to have on hand when I need them.
When selecting a nut, make sure to reach for those that are “raw” or “unsalted” instead of “roasted” or “salted”. The latter two can pack on the sodium and sugar, which is ok in moderation, but not something you should be snacking on on the reg.
2. Fruit & nut butter
Ah, a classic. I could eat fruit and nut butter in some way, shape, or form every day. My favorite combo is apples with almond or peanut butter, but bananas and pears make a frequent debut as well. I will usually throw a piece of fruit and a tablespoon or two of nut butter in a dressing-sized tupperware into my lunch box, making it both portable and economical.
If packing a serving of nut butter seems like too much work, companies like Justin’s, Wild Friends, NuttZo, and Barney Butter make pre-portionedpackets for on-the-go use. These cost a little more, but are certainly convenient. Another option if you have the space is keeping a jar of nut butter at your desk.
3. Hardboiled eggs
These little guys are the perfect portable source of protein. Make a big batch on Sunday and store them in the refrigerator to throw into your lunch box throughout the week. I will usually peel them all at once after I boil them, making the snacking process even easier. I love having one with some raw veggies as a light snack to tide me over until lunchtime.
4. Veggies & hummus or nut butter
This is such a delicious way to sneak in a serving of veggies! And you can mix up with different veggies and/or hummus and nut butter flavors so you don’t get bored. Some of my favorite veggies to pair with hummus are carrots, cucumbers, bell peppers, and jicima sticks. With nut butter, I usually stick to carrots or celery. Sunbutter + celery has been my jam lately as a mid morning snack.
5. Homemade trail mix
This is a fun one! I love combining random nuts/dried fruits/treats to create a delicious homemade trail mix. Toss together whatever nuts, seeds, dried fruit, granola, coconut shavings, cacao nibs, cereal, etc. that you have on hand and you have an instant trail mix. Some of my favorite ingredients include almonds, cashews, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, pecans, goji berries, dried mango, dried apricots, coconut chips, puffed kamut, and Purely Elizaeth granola. Have fun with it!
6. Healthy snack bars
These are the best for convenience when you’re running out the door or from meeting to meeting. I always keep one in my purse and lunch box, and also store a few in my desk drawer to eat as needed. Not all snack bars are created equally, so reach for ones that are made with real ingredients and are not laden with tons of extra processed sugar. Some of my favorite brands include Squarebars (use my code BEETSME for 20% off at checkout!), RXBARS, Perfect Bars, Go Macro bars, Larabars, and That’s it fruit bars.
7. Homemade bars, muffins, or energy balls
If you have time, I highly suggest experimenting in the kitchen and making something on your own! I love having homemade goodies to snack on because not only are they delicious, but I tend to savor them even more since I put the time and effort into making them. Here are a few of my favorite recipes:
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites (Tastes just like cookie dough)
Vegan Chocolate Banana Muffins (I omit the instant coffee and they turn out great!)
Lemon Coconut No Bake Bites (Lemon is so underrated)
Homemade Protein Bars (LOVE these! I omit the chocolate chips and they’re still delicious)
A few more notable ideas:
- Greek yogurt with mixed nuts or Purely Elizabeth granola
- Dry roasted edamame
- Chia seed pudding
- Mejool dates with nut butter
- Popcorn (like Pipcorn or Angie’s)
What are some of your favorite desk snacks?
I’d love to hear your go-to snack ideas in the comments below!
XO – Bailee