Ever notice your energy tanking at about 3 pm? It’s pretty easy—especially in an office setting—to reach for a sugary snack to get through the end of the work day. Between the vending machine, the goodies in the breakroom, and the monthly office birthday celebrations, it’s all too easy to find a quick snack. The problem, of course, is that quick snacks are usually not particularly healthy.
By planning ahead, you can keep healthy snack choices at hand that will satisfy your mid-afternoon hunger pangs. Here are some simple, delicious, and satisfying snacks that are perfect for desk folks and those on the go.
Hummus – Pair this with a whole grain cracker or some veggies sticks. Hummus is full of protein plus a number of vitamins and minerals and is a great heart-healthy snack.
Raw Veggies – Broccoli and cauliflower florets, cut cucumber or sliced peppers are refreshing, filling and pack in important nutrients such as fiber, vitamins A and C and folic acid.
Nuts – Almonds, walnuts, pistachios, pecans, hazelnuts and cashews are high in protein and a great afternoon snack to tie you over until dinnertime.
Peanut/Almond/Cashew Butters – Nut butters are a great source of healthy fats and are loaded with potassium and protein, so they will keep you fueled until your next meal.
Fruit/Dried Fruit – Providing healthy carbohydrates and fiber, fruit—whether fresh or dried—also satisfies a sweet tooth.
Berries –The darker the berry is, the better it is for you. They are packed full of vitamins, antioxidants and fairly low in sugar.
Trail Mix – Homemade trail mix with nuts, dark chocolate chips and dried fruit will satisfy your hunger AND sweet cravings mid-day.
String Cheese – This quick snack is high in protein to get you through the afternoon, while being low in carbohydrates which won’t slow you down.
Greek Yogurt/Cottage Cheese – Packed full of protein and calcium, these both taste great when topped with granola, fresh fruit, honey, and/or nuts.
Healthy Nutrition Bars – Not only are nutrition bars easy to carry with you wherever you go, they can also hold a significant amount of protein to keep your belly full. To keep sugar in check, make sure to select bars with no more than five grams of total sugar.
Instead of reaching for the nearest cookie or donut, plan ahead and stock up on healthy snacks that will keep you energized and full throughout the day.