Having nutritious snacks to eat during the workday can help you stay energized and productive. Whether you’re in the middle of a big project or you’re chained to your desk with a looming deadline, they’ll help keep your energy up and your blood sugar stable during an afternoon slump.
Here are 5 snack options you can keep right at your desk.
1. Nuts & Dried Fruits
Nuts and dried fruit make for a healthy, non-perishable snack mix. This filling combo has a good balance of all three macro-nutrients, with healthy fats and protein from nuts and carbs from dried fruit. What’s more, both foods are loaded with fiber that can help keep you full between meals.
2. Plain Oatmeal Packets
Oatmeal isn’t just for breakfast—stash it in your drawer for a hearty snack, too. Packets of instant, plain oatmeal microwaved with water in a mug and sprinkled with cinnamon is a great cold-weather snack when you want something warm and filling. Just make sure you choose an unflavored option, as many others are loaded with extra sugars. You can also store a full canister of quick oats at your desk.
3. Dried Seaweed
This savory and crunchy snack is a great alternative to go-to chips or crackers, and it’s loaded with minerals and A, C, E, K and B vitamins. Seaweed acts as a vegetable in our diets because it is a low-calorie, fibrous, nutrient-dense food.
4. Dark Chocolate
Hey, nothing wrong with treating yourself at snack time with high-quality squares of dark chocolate. Cacao is great source of magnesium, which is a natural stress-reliever. It’s suggested to eat chocolate with 70 percent cacao or higher.
5. Greek Yogurt
Plain, unsweetened Greek yogurt is a convenient work snack that’s higher in protein than regular yogurt. To make this treat even more tasty and filling, add healthy fruit and nuts.