It’s very rare that we go through the working day without thinking about snacks. Gone are the days when a hearty breakfast, lunch, and dinner were enough; now we want nut butter on our apples, avocado on our crackers, and a whole lot of dried fruit and nuts stashed away.
When it comes to snacks, the possibilities are endless and the combinations are more creative than ever, so Goodness has searched far and wide to compile the ultimate list of 20 healthy treats to take to work that not only taste good, but are good for you too. Whichever ones you choose, don’t forget to stock up your desk drawer with these five flavor-boosting additions: good quality olive oil, sea salt, cracked black pepper, honey, and cinnamon.
Sticks and Dips
Celery sticks are a classic healthy snack, but be sure to mix up the flavors with a variety of dips to keep your taste buds tantalized. Whiz up some avocado, red onion, and lime for a creamy guacamole or be brave and add some chili to your tomato salsa.
Apple Slices and Nut Butter
This snack has become a much-loved classic thanks to the crunch and sharpness of the apple paired with the smooth, sweet nut butter. Just a small spoon on each apple slice will do perfectly and ensures that this ultimate healthy snack stays exactly that. Feel free to experiment with a variety of nut butters, from almond to cashew to peanut; they are all deliciously sweet and nutritious.
Oatcakes with Sliced Avocado and Cheese
Two oatcakes, half an avocado, and just a few slices of cheddar cheese are all you need. Avocados are full of healthy fats but also come with a high-calorie price tag, so stick with half an avocado a day so you don’t ruin your evening appetite. Nairn’s oatcakes are a safe choice and offer a gluten-free option too.
Kale is King, or so the saying goes. Loaded with vitamins K, A, C, and B, along with the rest of the alphabet, it really is a superfood powerhouse. You can make kale chips yourself and bake them at home (click here for an easy recipe) or head to your local supermarket or health store for an array of flavors. If you’re buying them ready-made, check the ingredients list to make sure no sugar has been snuck into the mix. Snacking on these healthy and low-calorie treats will satiate hunger and boost energy.
Edamame Beans with Chili and Lemon
This is perfect for vegetarians who are looking for a high-protein snack. Lemon juice cleanses, while chili boosts your metabolism. They’re also delicious and nutritious, so don’t expect them to be around for long!
Protein is great as it keeps you full for longer. Go for a raw vegan protein blend, which cuts the unnecessary additives and gets the job done. Buy a plastic protein shaker, load it up in the morning, and simply add water when the hunger kicks in. A little shake and you’re ready to go.
Greek Yogurt Bowl with Goji Berries and Flaked Almonds
Add some sweet and chewy goji berries and flaked almonds to your yogurt to transform your afternoon snack. Aim for a small yogurt pot, around 150g, to keep the calories low but the satisfaction high.
Crisp, crunchy vegetables with flavorsome hummus are always a fail-safe snack. With the low calorie count and high nutritional value found in vegetables such as celery, carrots, peppers, and tomatoes, they make for the perfect work snack. Look out for roasted vegetable hummus, such as sweet red pepper, for a boost of flavor and indulgence.
Bananas are the crème de la crème of healthy sugar substitutes. High in potassium, vitamin B-6, iron, and other essential vitamins and minerals, they aid everything from digestion to lowering blood pressure, and they have a super-sweet natural taste. No-sugar baked banana bread is available in a lot of healthy cafés and health food stores, but it’s just as easy to make at home. Have a look at this simple recipe here.
Homemade Granola Bars
When you’re craving a snack of real substance, a hearty granola bar hits the spot. Homemade bars cut out the unnecessary added refined sugars and turn a typical granola bar into one of the ultimate healthy snacks. Make yours with oats, nuts, dried fruit, and coconut, and this filling treat will power up your energy supply.
Aim for at least 75 percent solid dark chocolate for a rich and satisfying taste that will keep sweet cravings at bay. Dark chocolate is a great substitute for an afternoon biscuit as it has a high level of antioxidants and proven health benefits for lowering heart disease. Take two to three squares into work to eliminate the temptation for more!
No, we’re not talking about fast food, deep-fried chicken strips; we mean wholesome, lean chicken breast cut into strips. Use the night before work to do a little preparation and toss your chicken breasts in natural herbs and seasoning. Pop them in the pan for a quick fry and you’ll have the perfect snack for the next day.
This unexpected but wholesome appetizing snack is as simple as roasting chickpeas in the oven and tossing them in spices or herbs. Try smoky paprika or lemon and rosemary for delicious options.
Hard-Boiled Eggs and Cottage Cheese
Hard-boiled eggs make for a great healthy snack. High in protein and only around 80 calories per egg, they will keep you full whilst feeding your body with essential vitamins and minerals. Spread a little cottage cheese on your eggs for added taste and creaminess.
Dates Stuffed with Almonds
Large in both size and flavor, Medjool dates are a great natural sugar hit. Grown on date palm trees, these sweet fruits originate from the Middle East and make for the ultimate delectable snack. Replace the fruit stone with an almond for texture and crunch to complement the soft and gooey date. Due to their naturally sweet taste, three or four dates are plenty.
Oatcakes Topped with Banana and Chia
Chia seeds have been the stars of the superfood scene for quite some time now and are one of the most nutritious foods available. The seeds alone don’t have much taste, but they will add a ton of health benefits to a simple snack. Top two oatcakes with banana slices and sprinkle over a tablespoon of chia seeds. Simple.
Celery Nut-Butter Boats
For an all-in-one healthy treat, cut celery sticks into thirds and spoon in some crunchy nut butter. It’s simple, hassle free, and hits the spot every time. What’s more, the healthy fats from the nut butter will keep you satisfied till mealtime.
Dried Fruits and Nuts
These come in all shapes and sizes with a variety of flavors and nutritional benefits. Go for a pick’n’mix style where you can combine all your favorites in one. Pay attention to the labels because, although nuts contain healthy fats, you can consume your daily calorie allowance in one go without realizing it! A mixture of almonds, walnuts, and Brazil nuts provides a solid nutritious snack, but keep the ratio to 3:3:1 as Brazil nuts are incredibly high in calories. Around 15 nuts and 15 dried-fruit pieces are perfect to keep in your drawer.
Superfood Chocolate Bites
Rich, dark chocolate topped with tasty superfoods makes for a convenient (and beautiful) snack. Bee pollen, goji berries, almonds, cashews, raisins, and flax seeds are just some of the toppings you can use. Get choc-messy and creative!
Apple Slices and Cottage Cheese
With its slightly salty flavor, cottage cheese is the perfect spreadable partner for sweet apple slices. Whether they help curb an early-morning or mid-afternoon craving, these simple slices go a long way. They are also high in protein, so keep them in mind post-workout.
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