Steps Towards A Healthier Diet: 9 Snacks To Keep At Work

Everybody loves to snack, especially at work when we seem to turn into robots just going about our routine, making phone calls and pushing buttons on computer screens. It seems lunch cannot come fast enough on any given day, and when it does the clock decides to move a little faster so you have less time to enjoy it. But we all know this, so why am I telling you?

Joe Blow figured out long ago (rhyme intended) that bringing a snack to work is the perfect way to get through those long hours before lunch, and the longer hours before you get to enjoy rush hour traffic! The problem is that most of us tend to bring feel-good-now snacks like flavored chips and candies to store in our desks at work, but there are ways you can make at-your-desk snacking a much healthier habit. Here are nine healthy snack alternatives I recommend you consider to include in your stash.

1. Dried fruit

Dried fruits are a great way for you to get your snack-fix at work while enjoying all the health benefits of cranberries, prunes, apples, apricots, strawberries, mango, kiwi, bananas, blueberries, cherries, pineapples, and much, much more. Dried fruits are just as nutritional as regular fruits and are known for their sweet taste and long shelf life. What’s more is they come in a variety of assortments of various fruits, so you can be sure to get all the specific tastes you want!

2. Granola Bars

Granola bars are loaded with protein and fiber and are a great way for you to keep your diet in check without sacrificing your sweet tooth. Granola bars also come in a variety of combinations, most which include some form of chocolate with nuts and oats. Of course, there are plenty of other options too, like almond, coconut, mixed nut, and dark chocolate nut. Check out the snack isle at your local grocery store, and ask an employee about some healthier options.

3. Mixed Nuts

Peanuts, cashews, and almonds all make for great additions to your healthy snacking diet. Nuts are high in protein and unsaturated fats, which helps maintain your cholesterol level and can reduce the risk of heart disease. Mixed nuts also contain sodium, sometimes in higher levels depending on the brand or company, so if you are trying to watch your sodium intake, you may want to consider the ‘lower sodium’ or ‘reduced salt’ options.

4. Trail Mix

Adding some fruits and chocolates to your mixed nuts combination only makes it better! Trail mix features a great assortment of snacks, including peanuts, raisins, almonds, cashews, and usually some form of chocolate (chips or M&M rip-offs!). Protein, fiber, potassium, and unsaturated fats are all essential nutrients you can get from a pack of trail mix, which makes it perfect for a work-snack and no longer only for hikers and campers.

5. Celery and Peanut Butter

If you have a refrigerator in your office or cubicle, the next few items will definitely appeal to you. The simple, but beautiful combination of celery and peanut butter is first on the list. Celery has been termed the ‘world’s healthiest snack’ because it is loaded with a perfect combination of protein, vitamins, and minerals. Add that to the delicious taste of peanut butter and your pre-lunch cravings are guaranteed to stay in check!

6. Strawberries and Crème

Another great refrigerator fruit snack is strawberries. Strawberries are loaded with fiber, potassium, and anti-oxidants and are one of natures’ sweetest products. You can even cut up strawberry slices and add them to cereal or mixed nuts to provide an even sweeter taste to your other snack options. Or you could just get some Cool Whip and make the strawberries even sweeter by themselves. The choice is up to you.

7. Pumpkin/Sunflower seeds

For those who enjoy snacking on seeds, pumpkin and sunflower seeds are your best healthy options. Pumpkin seeds contain magnesium, fiber, and amino acids, among others, and support good heart health and healthy sleeping patterns. Sunflower seeds also contain fiber, protein, vitamins, and minerals and help control your cholesterol and reduce the risk of stroke. Either type makes for a great snack, but with the fall season coming on, I would recommend pumpkin if you want to keep it in-season.

8. Yogurt

Another convenient snack option for your work refrigerator is yogurt. Yogurt comes in a huge variety of flavors and is loaded with a healthy amount of pro-biotic bacteria, which supports digestive health and helps relieve those unpleasant digestive issues like diarrhea and bloating. Yogurt also helps reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke, and can help keep your blood pressure at a healthy level.

9. Dark Chocolate

You may think something as sweet as chocolate could never actually be healthy for you, but a small amount of dark chocolate for you to nibble on at work can actually support a healthier lifestyle. Dark chocolate is usually made with a minimum of 60% raw cocoa, and has been known to reduce the risk of heart disease and boost your metabolism with polyphenol-antioxidants that burn fat. There are plenty of great dark chocolate options, including some that are made with other flavors like fruit peals and/or peanuts. On a more personal note, Hershey’s Special Dark does the trick for me every time!

These are only some suggestions of healthier snack options for you to nibble on throughout the day. If you can take up one or more of these and try to cut back on the potato chips and Snickers bars it will drastically improve your health and your mood at work. Also drinking tea instead of an abundance of coffee, and if you do like to drink a lot of coffee, try using less sugar, with milk instead of creamer. If you can do any of these things, you will be well on your way to promoting a much healthier diet and a more productive workday.