6 Healthy Office Snacks to Keep at Work

By Kaitlin Hurtado on September 11, 2019

The typical 9-to-5 can bring a lot of changes to your daily life and one of them is the challenge of maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Most offices will have you sitting at your desk the majority of the workday with little to no physical activity from your work tasks. It’s a lot different than your retail or food work, where you are on your feet and mostly always on the go. There’s not a lot of physical activity and munching away on the same snacks that you would have before will have you feeling unhealthy quicker than you may think.

Your usual go-to snacks may be tasty, but might make you feel more sluggish and bloated at your desk. Instead, fuel up on healthier options to keep you good in between meals and energized enough to keep going on through the workday. If you find yourself feeling lost on what to consider as healthy office snacks, here are a few ideas to get you started:

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1. Hummus and vegetables

Packing yourself some hummus and vegetables is a great idea for a healthy office snack. You can always change up your hummus flavor if the snack gets boring or repetitive, but you can’t go wrong with any flavor.

The crunchier the vegetable, the easier it is to snack because you only really need the vegetable to dip into the hummus. Try out carrots, celery, snap peas, and more to pair with your hummus. If vegetables aren’t your cup of tea, you can always switch them out for pita chips or your favorite crackers for a change of pace.

2. Fruit

Fruit can be pretty inexpensive and easy to prepare for a healthy office snack. Try something like a fruit salad as a combination of your favorite fruit or seasonal fruit as your office snack. Fruit can also pair well with almond butter to make the snack more filling – try apples or bananas with your favorite nut butter smeared on top.

If you are looking for something more shelf-stable to keep stashed in your desk, buy some dried fruit for a healthy office snack. A bag of dried mango or banana chips can make a great snack and also satisfy your sweet tooth without doing too much damage.

3.  Trail Mix 

This snack can be an instant favorite for healthy office snacks. You can go for store-bought and pre-made trail mixes to add to your healthy office mixes, or you can go on to build your own. If you are considering making your own trail mix as a healthy office snack, consider some of the following ideas when building your tasty combination:

  • Nuts. Nuts can make the trail mix a lot more filling, try out peanuts, cashews, almonds, walnuts, or pistachios.
  • Seeds: pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds.
  • Dried fruit: apricots, mango, coconut, papaya, apple, banana, or raisins.
  • Candy: chocolate chips, small candy like M&M’s
  • Yogurt chips

4. Granola and protein bars

Granola bars are an easy go-to when it comes to healthy office snacks because they are relatively mess-free and come in a variety of options. You can choose your own texture, either chewy or crunchy. You can change up the flavors, going with a more fruity flavor or something to satisfy your sweet tooth with a chocolate-flavored bar.

Granola bars are perfect to keep stashed in your desk drawer or bag because they have a long shelf life. Rather than going for ones that “look” delicious, try going for ones that are in the type of flavor you would typically try but also are packed with nutrients or protein. Protein bars come in a seemingly endless amount of styles, anywhere from a typical granola bar to a giant cookie. Buying healthy office snacks has never been easier.

5. Yogurt and other fixings

If you have access to a fridge, yogurt can make a great healthy office snack. Greek yogurt can be very filling by itself but you can also jazz it up by adding your own toppings. Fresh fruit can be added to give it extra flavor, try fruit like bananas, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries. Granola and nuts can add extra protein and crunch to your snack.

6. Chickpeas

Chickpeas can be the perfect office snack because they are healthy, inexpensive, and simple to make. Of course, you can always buy chickpeas that are already prepped for your snacking pleasure, but making your own can be just as easy and more fulfilling when you know exactly what has gone into the snack you are consuming.

For a simple recipe, drain a can of chickpeas and season them however you want. Garlic salt, pepper, chili powder, buffalo sauce, or barbecue sauce are just a few easier seasonings, but you can go with whatever flavor profile your heart desires. Put them on a baking sheet and bake them in the oven at 350 for 45 minutes and you have a tray of chickpeas ready for snacking at the office.

Healthy office snacks don’t need to put a damper on your workday. With these six snack ideas, I hope you find your office munching all the easier!

By Kaitlin Hurtado

Uloop Writer
Hello! I'm Kaitlin, a fourth year Literary Journalism major at UC Irvine. I'm a writer on Uloop's national team and a campus editor for UCI.

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