Healthy Work Snacks

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I eat a lot throughout the day. In fact, I have to eat basically every three hours so that I don’t become a major cranky-pants.

This is particularly important at work because I find that it is impossible to concentrate with a rumbling tummy. Without fail my body tells me it’s hungry around 11AM and 4PM every day, so I always have good munchies nearby during the workday. I also sometimes end up working through my lunch, so it is especially important for me to be able to grab something quickly and keep working.

When I grocery shop on the weekends I always restock on easy and healthy snacks for the week. Here is a look at what is in this week’s healthy work snack rotation:

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Pears and Navel Oranges. Fresh fruit is always great to have on hand. I am currently obsessed with navel oranges – they are so juicy!

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Hummus and Veggies (I like carrots and celery). Trader Joes has such a wide assortment of hummus that I end up buying a new one each time. I particularly like their White Bean Hummus (featured here) and their Edamame Hummus.

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Raw Almonds and Golden Raisins. I prefer to make my own trail mix for a few reasons: 1) I usually end up picking out the things I don’t like in packaged trail mix, so it makes much more sense to make it myself and only include things I do like! 2) I can control the nutritional value (i.e. See yaaaa later M&Ms) 3) I also like to pre-portion the trail mix into separate baggies. It is soooooo easy to overeat nuts and dried fruit if I have a large portion in front of me, so measuring out a proper serving in advance prevents me from downing 12 servings of roasted almonds (because I totally would…)

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Apples/Bananas with Peanut Butter. Ever since I can remember this combo have been a favorite for me. I have fond memories from when I was little and my mom used to cut the apple up for me and serve the peanut butter in this eeeeensy glass bowl with a baby spoon. Even then I was always asking for more peanut butter! When I eat apple/banana and PB now I try to limit myself to just 1 Tablespoon of peanut butter, but boy is it hard!

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Quest Bars (duh). If you follow me on Instagram you’ll know these are a major favorite of mine. Each bar has 20g of protein and very, very low sugar and carb content. I love the Vanilla Almond Crunch and Peanut Butter Supreme flavors. I buy my Quest Bars either on Amazon or at GNC when there is a deal.

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Fresh Turkey Breast from Whole Foods. I specify Whole Foods because I honestly won’t buy turkey from anywhere else anymore. Their turkey contains no nitrates or nasty preservatives, so it tastes incredibly fresh. The Whole Foods in Venice that I go to has such a great selection of flavors (BBQ, Lemon Pepper, No Salt, Cajun, etc.). The kicker is that it is priiiiiiiiiiicey, so I don’t buy it every week.

 

If you don’t want to bring an entire jar of peanut butter to work or if your work fridge is too small to store large containers of things like hummus, I recommend investing in some small tupperware so you only have to bring a small portion. I also buy lots of snack size ziploc bags for smaller items like the nuts and dried fruit.

 

For more snack ideas, check out these recipes:

Chia Protein Bars

Spiced Roasted Almonds

Peanut Butter and Jelly Muffins

Healthy Homemade Granola Bars

 

What snacks do you bring to work? I am always looking for new ideas!

 

 

 

 

 

For loads of other snack options check out my:

5 Comments

  • simply h squared
    February 20, 2014 - 9:41 pm | Permalink

    I love having almonds or hummus with carrots as a snack. I’ve been seeing so much about quest bars lately, but haven’t tried them for myself yet! I love Lara bars because their all natural and really yummy, but the quest bars would be a great source of protein too!

    http://www.simplyhsquared.com

    • Rachel (littlechefbigappetite)
      February 21, 2014 - 9:02 am | Permalink

      I love Lara Bars, too! I am definitely going to try to make my own homemade kind one day soon 🙂

  • February 21, 2014 - 5:06 pm | Permalink

    We have similar tastes 🙂 🙂

    Great snack suggestions! Makes me want to go make up a zillion zip locs to bring this week.

    • Rachel (littlechefbigappetite)
      February 23, 2014 - 7:55 pm | Permalink

      I know we do 🙂 That was exactly what my Sunday was devoted to today – lots of food for the week!

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