It is often hard to get through a day of work without getting a little hungry. That’s okay; snacking can actually be good for you as long as you choose healthy foods in the right proportions.
Here is a list of 5 tasty snacks that are perfect for work breaks. While most of them require a refrigerator or a microwave, a few can be stashed in your desk for an easy midday nibble.
1. Apples and Peanut Butter
- This snack is similar to fruit and nuts, but with a unique twist. Apples are high in fiber and available in numerous varieties from crisp and tart to juicy and sweet.
- Pair it with peanut or almond butter with no added sugar; it really doesn’t need it.
- With 95 calories, 25 grams of carbohydrate, 4.4 grams of fiber, and 14% of your daily vitamin C needs, an apple a day can really keep the doctor away.
2. Hummus and Carrots
- Traditional hummus is made from chickpeas and sesame oil, so it contains plant protein as well as healthy fat and fiber. Carrots are a good source of vitamin A and potassium, so the pairing makes a balanced and nutritious snack.
- As far as calories go, one-half cup of hummus has about 200-300 calories,while eight baby carrots have only about 30 calories.
- Hummus is also good with baked pita chips or pieces of pita bread. Or try other fresh veggies like celery, broccoli, or cauliflower.
3. Yogurt and Fruit
- Yogurt can be an excellent addition to any diet but can be transformed into something not-so-good if it’s mixed with sugary mix-ins. Opt for plain low-fat Greek yogurt in a single-serve container with plenty of fresh fruit.
- Packed with calcium, protein, and probiotics, a work break yogurt snack will only set you back about 150 calories.
- Pecans and a drizzle of honey are also a nice touch.
- A one-cup serving of Greek yogurt is an excellent source of non-meat protein, equal to a 7-ounce portion of skinless chicken breast.
- Popcorn counts as a whole grain and is high in fiber. It’s also low in calories as long as you don’t cover it with melted butter. Keep a few bags of microwave popcorn handy for a quick, healthy snack. One regular-sized bag has around 400 calories.
- If plain popcorn sounds boring, sprinkle Parmesan cheese or mixed seasoning blends on top.
- A three-cup serving of popcorn provides between 10% and 15% of your daily fiber needs.
5. Trail Mix
- Trail mix is typically a combination of nuts and dried fruit, and possibly cereal or granola. You can find all kinds of unusual varieties at grocery stores, or you can make it at home.
- Trail mix is one of those snacks you can keep in your desk drawer for a few days, so it’s nice to have around if you don’t have a refrigerator.
- Trail mix can be high in calories, so be sure to read the nutrition label if you are trying to lose weight.
- Some are packed with sugar or toasted in coconut oils that are rich in saturated fat. To ensure portion control, divide the mixture into single-serving portions.