That moment you realize you have a raging appetite and lunch or dinner is still hours away…
You contemplate going over to the vending machine and getting something to snack on, but you’re not feeling the cinnamon buns and overly processed, greasy options that you know will be staring back at you. Hesitantly, you take the walk anyways, put in your dollar, and buy something to hold you over. But you don’t like it. And it wasn’t even worth the calories.
We’ve all been there.
The good news is that packing healthy alternatives and snacking smartly at work doesn’t have to be a huge to-do. There are plenty of easy-to-grab options out there that don’t require a ton of prep work, and below you will find a peek into some of my favorites.
Snack on, my friends!
• rice cakes & fruit
(or better yet… anything somewhat healthy that you can dip into almond/peanut/nut butter)
Don’t underestimate the satisfaction that comes with a good rice cake, y’all. Some of you may think they are bland and boring, but others totally feel me on this one.
Rice cakes come in all sorts of delicious flavors (hello chocolate crunch!), are gluten-free, and are light on calories. Pictured is an organic kettle corn flavor I enjoy on its own or with some type of spread for extra substance.
Fruit is an obvious healthy snack to pack, and I mentioned it in this section to remind you to take advantage of that “extra substance” dip while it’s out. Let’s be real. You probably won’t be fully content after just a rice cake or two. Pair that with a side of apple slices or a banana, and you’ll feel closer to full for a longer period of time.
• peanut butter packs
Unless you want to keep an entire jar at your desk (which no one should judge you for), keep an eye out for individually portioned to-go butters. You can purchase them at most health food stores, and I found these Justin’s packs at our neighborhood Fresh Thyme Farmer’s Market.
Peanut (and similar) butters are natural energy boosters that also have a punch of protein to help curb your hunger and get you through those sleepy afternoon hours. Spread them on fruit, rice cakes, toast, pretzels, or simply indulge straight from the package!
Almonds are a great source of healthy fat, fiber, and even protein. It’s amazing what just a handful of plain or flavored almonds can do to tie you over until your next meal.
I am a huge fan of most flavors, and I was sent a can of Roasted Salted almonds from my friends at Blue Diamond this month. They’re fantastic! If you aren’t crazy about the extra sodium content, try raw unsalted or Lightly Salted almonds instead.
Grab a hearty handful of them to eat on their own or add them into trail mixes with dried fruit, raisins, coconut shavings, chocolate chips, and more.
• fruit & nut bars
It can be hard to find all natural granola, protein, and energy bars that actually taste good.
I discovered Lärabars a few years ago and haven’t stopped buying them since. I love their delicious gluten free blend of unsweetened fruits, nuts, and spices, and also knowing that I am getting minimally processed ingredients that are as close to their natural state as possible.
Plus, their flavors are awesome! My goal with this category wasn’t to do an entire plug on Lärabars, but… they’re my all-time favorite when I’m not looking for a ton of protein. (And they have a line of ALT protein bars too if that’s something you’re looking for, too.)
What are some of your go-to fruit & nut bars?
• veggies, crackers & pretzels with hummus
I am a lover of all veggies, but I automatically turn to peppers and cucumbers when slicing them to eat on the run. I often like to pair them with wheat or nut crackers, and always love dipping them in bean dips or hummus.
(See details on these hummus to-go packs below!)
Eating raw veggies on their own would be the most nutritious option, but I personally like to spice it up with something else that’s crunchy on the side too. Next time you bring a produce haul home from the grocery store, slice up enough to fill a plastic container and take it to work with you. You’ll learn to crave them!
• hummus to-go cups
The best part of eating veggies (for me anyways) is what you can dip them into. Where are all my hummus lovers at?
I was recently introduced to these single serve hummus cups when they were paired with pita chips and provided to us as snacks at IDEA BlogFest. I questioned the fact that they weren’t refrigerated, and even tried to refrigerate them. Bad idea. According to their website, their simple ingredients list – garbanzo beans, tahini (sesame seeds), spices, and lemon – doesn’t require refrigeration, and the cups can be stored at room temperature to grab on-the-go.
I love that the all natural hummus cups are free of preservatives, and I get equally excited over the bean and yogurt dips. You can find cups like these at select retailers near you or order this specific brand in bulk online.
• corn tortilla & veggie chips
Chips will always hold a special place in my heart. Call me crazy, but I would prefer to dig into a bag of chips over a slice of cake or pie most of the time. That’s just me.
I get cravings for chips almost daily, so I make sure to have the “better for you” versions around at all times. Blue corn tortilla chips will forever be my favorite, but veggie chips clock in at a close second.
I like a variety of brands, and recently discovered these sea salt and veggie popchips. I appreciate that they are organic, Non-GMO, and include real vegetables (beets, red bell peppers, tomatoes, pumpkin, peas, chickpeas, kale, and beans) in each bag. It also doesn’t hurt that 23 chips count as a serving for 120 calories.
You can find them in most grocery stores and online. Chip me!
• more healthy snacks to grab on-the-go:
• baby carrots & celery (on their own or dipped in peanut butter or hummus)
• baby food (seriously, the fruity flavors are like fancy applesauce!)
• clementines (I always have a bowl of them on my kitchen counter)
• Greek yogurt with all sorts of toppings (granola, chia seeds, hemp seeds, fruit)
• trail mixes
• turkey jerky
Check out some of my original trail mixes and Blue Diamond recipes for more ideas:
Disclaimer: This “Flavor Your Adventure” post is sponsored by Blue Diamond Almonds. As always, all thoughts remain my own. Some affiliate links are included. I hope you enjoy this list of snacking staples, and I genuinely thank you for your support on this an all sponsored posts that appear on the blog. <3
See you first thing in the morning with the (exciting) 100th edition of Friday Favorites!