Healthy Snacks at the Office

   By rlerner  Jan 25, 2010
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The key to healthy eating is to make sure we eat several meals and snacks throughout the day.  This ensures our metabolism is going strong and our blood sugar and energy levels remain stable, preventing us from overeating.

We usually eat lunch around noon, which means by about 3 or 4pm we are ready for a SNACK.  If you are home, it is fairly easy to grab a healthy snack, but what about at the office? This is actually easier to do than you think. The most important things to keep in mind when selecting a snack is to make sure it contains protein, fiber, healthy fats and whole grains.  

Below are some healthy ideas for office snacks, which can be stored in your desk drawer or mini-fridge. 

Desk Drawer Snacks

Fresh fruit (apples, grapes, oranges, and bananas are good choices)
Trail Mix (nuts, seeds, raisins or goji berries)
Nuts (almonds or cashews)
Roasted Edamame (soybeans)-Whole grain crackers
Instant oatmeal
Granola bars
Air-popped popcorn (100 calorie bags are easy to find in supermarkets)
Single serving of Baked or Reduced-Fat Chips


Mini-Fridge Snacks

Plain Yogurt
Cottage Cheese
Nut butter (peanut or almond)
Hard-boiled eggs
Mini light cheeses
Cut-up vegetables (carrots, cucumbers, celery, peppers)
Hummus

Having these snacks readily available at your office will really help you from seeking “unhealthy alternatives” to satisfy your hunger--you know, the ones that might come from a vending machine or fast-food chain

Here’s to healthy snacking!

What are some of your favorite healthy snacks?

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jamiesevor by jamiesevor | Tallahassee, FL
Aug 25, 2010

Fruit is always a good choice.

rileypark by rileypark | Glendora , CA
Apr 03, 2010

This list is a great reminder of healthy snacks that also get you through the day. The protein of the cheeses, hummus, eggs and nuts are so much better that chips or even a diet soda!

LAB811 by LAB811 | NEW MILFORD, CT
Feb 25, 2010

We keep hundred calorie snacks, yogurt and pretzels at work. Everyone knows the calorie count for how many of each. it helps with portion control.

bbgirlygirl22 by bbgirlygirl22 | El Monte, CA
Feb 10, 2010

I sell candy at school so I always have snacks when I get hungry! :) i have a couple of healthy ones :D

jul516 by jul516 | FORT MYERS, FL
Feb 07, 2010

Peanut butter cheese crackers and a fresh bottled water are always on the list. These are easy to transport and great for any occasion.

lovelifelisa by lovelifelisa | STRUTHERS, OH
Feb 05, 2010

whole grain flat bread with hummus,oatmeal with blueberries,fresh fruit of all kinds,dannon lite yogurt,and fiber bars.Ever since my husband has been diagnosed with type2 diabetes,the whole family has been making healthier choices and exercising alot more.

bwhite12603 by bwhite12603 | Sparks, NV
Feb 02, 2010

You guys are all so healthy. I wish I could say that I do what all of you do, but I work from home and snack on lots of things that I shouldn't. I hope this list will help me.

knmoore by knmoore | New York, NY
Jan 31, 2010

I love Luna Bars! Another favorite of mine is apple slices, peanut butter, and sprinkled with a little bit of cinnamon. If y'all haven't read the books Eat This, Not That I highly recommend them.

jessy0528 by jessy0528 | Cicero, IL
Jan 29, 2010

i love cherrios with almonds! they taste great together!

MadHatter by MadHatter | Whitestone , NY
Jan 29, 2010

i just recently found a love for Cottage Cheese with Pineapples, introduced to me by my co worker. I LOVE IT!

pickles1974 by pickles1974 | woodhaven, MI
Jan 28, 2010

I LOVE cottage cheese with mandarine oranges or pineapple! Also if I eat a whole wheat pasta for a meal, I stay full forever! Not sure that is such a great thing though. The less I eat, the more stagnant my weight is.

msfriendly by msfriendly | MONROE, WI
Jan 28, 2010

Carrots, and apple, granola bars, dry cereal (like Cheerios) and crackers....always have to have them on hand for when the munchies hit.

dolly282 by dolly282 | avondale, AZ
Jan 28, 2010

homemade trail mix,is a must at office or home,,whenever hungry pain decides to hit

DJChlela0718 by DJChlela0718 | Addison, IL
Jan 27, 2010

Cold cereal is a must in my work drawer. It is the perfect munchy snack.

KarmiRose by KarmiRose | WDM, IA
Jan 27, 2010

I love fruit! That has to be my favorite snack, plus I will bring granola or almonds with me.

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