Trying to eat healthy at work can be tough – especially if you’re crazy busy. And, while it might be easy to pay yet another visit to the vending machine for an afternoon snack, chances are you will regret it in the long run. So, what’s a busy lass to do when you don’t have time to look up from your laptop screen let alone visit the office refrigerator? Reach for your desk drawer that’s what! To make your office snacking just that little bit easier, and healthier, fill a drawer with these handy snacks and you’ll never go hungry again! Here are 10 healthy snacks you can keep in your desk drawer at work.
1. Dark Chocolate
There comes a time in every woman’s day that your brain, tummy, and body are begging for chocolate. Luckily for us not all chocolate is considered a no-go. That’s right, dark chocolate has loads of health benefits and can even boost your mood and lower your blood pressure. Just make sure it’s 72% dark or more and limit yourself to a block or two.
Air popped popcorn is every working girl’s best friend. It’s the easiest snack around for when you need to enjoy some good ‘ol fashioned mindless snacking and a 3 ½ cup serving contains less than 100 calories per serving! Just make sure it’s air popped and not the calorie laden microwave popcorn variety!
3. Almond Butter
For a healthy nut butter alternative turn to Almond butter. This nut butter is best enjoyed on a rice cake or two or with some fruit. Keep an apple in your desk or cut up some apple slices at home and bring it along to dip into your nut butter for a sweet afternoon treat.
4. Almonds and Pistachios
Protein is all kinds of important when it comes to feeling full and satisfied. Nuts like almonds or pistachios are a great source of protein and they offer snacking satisfaction thanks to their crunch and high fiber content. If you’ve got time on your hands then opt for a bag of pistachios – you’ll eat less of them because they take more energy and effort to eat!
5. Wasabi Peas
If you love a little bit of spice in your snacking life then reach for a handful of wasabi peas. These little bites pack a serious punch and are perfect for satisfying any salty, crunchy, or spicy craving. They also contain plenty of protein and fiber, which will energize you and prevent your blood sugar from dropping.
6. Tomato Juice
If you’re craving sugar or are ravenous then try reaching for healthy juice first. Often we misinterpret thirst as hunger so before reaching for a snack think about enjoying a can of low-sodium tomato or vegetable juice instead. Chances are the juice will replenish you and allow you to avoid over-eating.
For something more adventurous reach for some Edamame (soybeans in their pod). This little snack packs a powerful protein punch that will keep you feeling fuller for longer. A half a cup of edamame is the perfect snack for non-meat or non-dairy eaters or anyone looking for a high protein bite. You will get 11 grams of protein per half cup of Edamame.