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40+ Healthy Snack Ideas for Work

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40+ Healthy Snack Ideas for Work

We all know that eating healthy goes hand in hand with feeling good throughout the day. But eating healthy at work, or while rushing from one appointment to the next, is a challenge. It takes planning.

Choosing Healthy Snacks

Often the most convenient snacks to grab are also the least nutritious. When possible, it’s best to choose whole, non-processed foods and avoid added sugar or refined carbohydrates.

Recognize that sometimes we snack out of boredom. If this is a habit of yours, consider how you might replace unhealthy snacks with something else. If you’re just in need of a break from sitting at the desk, maybe grab a hot tea. Or if the motion of chewing on something is what’s satisfying, try celery. You can eat celery guilt-free all day long if you want to!

It can help to have a list of healthy snacks you enjoy. Then stock your fridge with these fresher, healthier options. Do any needed prep in advance, like chopping veggies, so everything is ready to go when you need it. Don’t forget you can usually freeze things if you don’t think you’ll use it up right away.

Important Items to Have On Hand

Be sure to buy a good set of reusable containers for easy transport. Reusable snack bags, beeswax food wraps, and a set of bento boxes are handy and reduce waste. Hot/cold bags and a well insulated thermos are also important to keep fresh food at the proper temperature.

Healthy Snack Ideas

Now for the list of healthy snacks. Of course, everyone has different tastes, so this is just a starting point. Pick and choose the ones you’ll actually eat. Challenge yourself to try something new.

  • Carrots

  • Celery

  • Snap peas

  • Cherry tomatoes

  • Cucumber

  • Jicama

  • Fresh vegetables with humus dip

  • Fresh vegetables with tuna dip

  • Hard boiled egg

  • Celery with cashew or almond butter

  • Fresh fruit: apple, pear, orange

  • Unsweetened dried fruit: figs, apricots, apples

  • Popcorn (lightly salted with oil instead of butter)

  • Nuts: macadamia, almonds, hazelnuts

  • Seeds: pumpkin, sunflower, chia, hemp

  • Trail mix

  • Low sodium jerky

  • Low sugar granola

  • Cup of soup (in thermos)

  • Nori seaweed paper

  • Hot or iced tea

  • Kombucha

  • Kind bars

  • RX bars

  • Saffron Road crunchy chickpeas

  • Dang coconut chips

  • Bare beet chips

For a few more delicious DIY options, see these recipes:

Hopefully this list gives you a few ideas of healthy snacks you can try out and add to your weekly routine.

What are your favorite healthy snacks?

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  • Michelle Chang