As we ramp up the new year and try to stick to our goals, there’s one thing that can really get in our way- the office snack shelf. It’s so much harder to stick to your healthy eating goals when there’s a wall full of chips, crackers, and bagels staring at you from across the room. You think “one bagel won’t kill me”or “I could use a bag of chips to go with my salad” then before you know it you’re eating bagels for breakfast everyday and your diet is over before you began to see any results.
I’ve had this problem and have given in to the snack shelf myself, but I can tell you one thing- it’s not worth it! Every time I have a bag of chips after lunch, I feel bad- physically and mentally. I just wasted 200 calories on greasy potato chips and I’m still hungry! How can that be? Well, the answer is simple. Potato chips aren’t a real food. Real foods will keep your energy levels higher, your stomach satisfied longer, and your body on track to surpass your goals. Below are my favorite bring-to-work snacks & small meals to keep your belly full and your eyes away from the snack shelf.
Apples & Nut Butter
This go-to snack is super simple, just bring an apple and a small container of nut butter to work! To make it even easier, keep a jar of nut butter on your desk (or under your desk if you’re tempted to eat straight out of the jar at times).
Yogurt & Granola
This one can substitute as a quick breakfast as well. My favorite dairy-free yogurt is Kate Hill vanilla almond yogurt. Just make sure you keep the granola & berries separate until you’re ready to eat to prevent it from getting soft.
Veggies & Hummus
Carrots, celery, tomatoes, and bell peppers are my favorite veggies to dip. Just chop them up, put them in a container with some hummus and you’re good to go!
Mixed Nuts & Dried Fruit
Throw any seeds, nuts, and dried fruit you have together and bring a healthy trail mix! This snack is perfect for the end of the day when you need something to keep you full until dinner. If you’re really crazing something sweet, dates will hit the spot!
If you’re a bit more adventurous, try making some granola bites. I adapted the recipe from Love Real Food by Cookie + Kate. The recipe below is super customizable, so feel free to use what you have!
- 2 cups rolled oats, briefly pulsed in blender or food processor
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts (also good with cashews & pecans)
- 1/4 cup sliced almonds
- 1/2 cup pepitas (could also use sunflower seeds)
- 1/4 cup ground flaxseed (could also use chia seeds)
- 2 tsps cinnamon
- 1/2 tsps salt
- 1 & 1/2 cups creamy nut butter
- 1/2 cup honey or maple syrup
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup shredded coconut, for rolling
In a small bowl, melt the nut butter, honey, and vanilla. In a larger bowl combine the dry ingredients. Add the wet mixture to the dry ingredients and mix to combine. Form the mixture into small, golf-ball-sized bites and roll in the shredded coconut. Place formed balls into an air-tight container and refrigerate for at least 1 hour before eating. They keep up to 2 weeks in the refrigerator!