Even if you make an effort to eat a healthy breakfast and lunch, the daytime snacking you do at your desk can sabotage your effort to stay healthy. If youâ€™re strapped for time, you may instinctively go for something quick like the vending machine or leftover stale donuts.
When I taught, I made an effort to keep healthy snacks in my desk and always pack my lunch. On days that I was short on time or low on groceries, I found myself wandering the halls on break sniffing out the nearest junkie treat. Our wonderful cafeteria manager who took great care of the staff would always make coffee and cookies after lunch. They lured me in if I didn’t have something healthy close by.
It’s so much easier to sayÂ no thanks to sugary treats or office takeout runs if you have the right tools at your side. I put together this list of my favorite snacks to keep at my desk to help push me through the afternoon on busy days.
Popcorn with almonds
Fruit and cheese
Non-fat Greek yogurt with chia seeds and berries
Celery with almond butter
Bell peppers and hummus
Cottage cheese and melon
Sliced turkey and crackers
Bananas with peanut butter
String cheese with apples
Apples with PB dip
Tuna with sliced tomato and cucumber
Grape tomatoes with tzatziki dip
Fruit salad with apples, oranges, grapes, and sunflower seeds
Unsweetened apple sauce
Rice cakes with cashew butter and jam
Oatmeal with walnuts
Guacamole and homemade veggie chips
Next time you head to the store, add some of these high energy, low calorie snack ideas to your list. At the beginning of your workweek, bring enough for each day so that you avoid getting through your afternoon slump but heading for those sugary, high calorie snacks found around the office.