I always bring easy healthy snacks to work. Nothing’s worse than when you stomach rumbles in the middle of the day. Especially when you peek at the clock and it’s only 10am. How can you possibly make it another 2 hours until lunch? You’re going to wither away and die first.
Maybe I’m the only melodramatic person when it come to food. But I like to eat 5 or 6 times a day so I bring a lot of food to work. These are seven of my favorite easy healthy snacks:
1. Over-Night Oats
Sometimes I’m running a little late to work (or I’m eating 2 breakfasts because I woke up extra early) so I’ll bring my over-night oats to the office. This is something that’s really easy to make ahead of time and is so versatile. I like to use Greek yogurt for added protein and I get the kind with little sugar (some of them have 30 grams, which is a crazy amount!). I also love chocolate, so I put dark chocolate chips in mine. But there are so many different ways to make the oats you can’t go wrong! Check out Popsugar’s weekly prep list for some ideas.
2. Cottage Cheese
I used to have an unhealthy (It wasn’t in my mind but other’s told me so) addiction to cottage cheese. So this is one of my favorite snacks to bring. Also a versatile option, you can make it literally any way that you prefer. Whether that’s with black pepper, honey, fruit, or just plain Jane. There is no wrong answer. Because I also have an addiction to avocado, I love to eat cottage cheese with hot sauce, avocado, and black pepper. Seriously the most delicious thing!
3. Hard-Boiled Eggs
Apparently, you can buy them pre-boiled at the store. I’m old-school and boil them myself. The worst part is peeling them. I swear it’s a process! The way I’ve found that’s best is to boil them for 12 minutes then transfer them to ice water for at least a half hour (full disclosure: sometimes I leave them overnight because I cook last minute). I also found another site that claims they make the perfect hard-boiled eggs if you don’t want to take my word for it.
This one is an oldie, but goodie. There’s a reason people have been suggesting it forever. It’s an easy protein source and one of the quickest prep times. Just separate from the pack and go! My kind of snack.
This one is also an oldie, but goodie. Especially since it’s easier to eat your fruit than your veggies! I love to bring apples and pears for stand alone snacks, or I’ll make a mix of blueberries and strawberries. It’s good source of fiber and will help tide you over between meals.
After meat, nuts are the next most obvious source of protein. I have tried many different combinations to bring to work and they’re all good. Even the traditional trail mix (it might not be the healthiest option because of the M&Ms but hey, it’s not a candy bar). My favorite selection is no salt, mixed nuts. I’ve tried the fancy mixes with dried fruit and stuff, but I don’t find them as filling. So I stick to the classic.
Sometimes you just need a little salty in your life, not the sweet stuff. Although we all know that traditional potato chips aren’t the best for you, there are still some healthier choices to satisfy your craving. A recent discovery of mine is Off the Eaten Path’s Hummus Chips. They are really delicious and seemingly healthy, so I don’t feel guilty for having a handful. There are also many veggie forms, which are a good choice if you like the taste. My favorite thing is blue corn chips with hummus. I limit myself to the serving size on the back so I don’t overeat and make this an unhealthy choice.
Snacking can be one of the most fun parts of the food you eat during the day. It’s the easiest thing to change up, as well as, prepare ahead. If you want some meal prep tips check out my article! Also, I like to pin yummy things. Follow me for more ideas!