Just because you’re on a diet doesn’t mean you can’t have some delectable snacks at your desk during the work day. It is nice to have something to munch on, and it is easy to satisfy your hunger without making your waistline pay for it.
Read on to find out about 20 snacks that are quick to prepare, easy to eat, and will make you feel great.
What is better than a bag of baby carrots at your desk, ready to eat when you are feeling hungry? Carrots are loaded with vitamin A and dietary fiber and make a perfect healthy snack.
When you’ve got a sweet tooth, raisins are a great food to have around. They are loaded with antioxidants and are low in sodium. Next time you’re craving a snickers, try some raisins instead.
3. Fat-free Yogurt
Yogurt is packed with nutrients your body needs, and is a great source of fiber. Bring a cup with you to work and you’ll have a tasty treat waiting for you in the break room fridge.
4. Almonds and Other Nuts
Nuts are a great source of protein and fiber. Bring a handful of your favorite nuts to work, and have a healthy and filling snack throughout the day.
Apples are perfectly packaged by nature to be an easy snack you take with you on the go. Apples are sweet, succulent and juicy, and have lots of fiber and vitamin C.
Another fruit that comes in its own convenient packaging, bananas are great morning snack, and packed with vitamin B6. Eating a banana a day have significant health benefits.
If you are looking to lose weight, celery is a great vegetable that is high in fiber and low in calories. Moreover, you can eat celery with peanut butter for an extra delicious snack.
Some people like broccoli steamed, but you will get the most nutritional value from it raw. That makes it a great desk snack. If you don’t like broccoli plain, try it with some hummus.
Grapes are easy to carry to work in a small container. They have lots of fiber and protein, which helps energize you during your work day.
Blueberries are super low-calorie food with moderate amounts of nutrients like vitamin C and vitamin K. They are great for snacking, just watch out for stains!
Bet you didn’t expect to see chocolate on this list. Dark chocolate can actually help control your blood pressure and prevent type 2 diabetes. Just remember to eat in moderation.
Popcorn is low in calories and makes a great desk snack. Plus, eating popcorn could help you reduce your risk of heart problems, because it contains polyphenols, which research shows lowers the risk of heart disease.
13. Green Tea
Are you a coffee addict? Now might be the right time to switch to green tea. Not only does green tea have lots of antioxidants, but it will give you energy without the digestive issues coffee can cause.
Surprisingly low in calories, shrimp are the perfect snack for people who like shellfish. Shrimp are rich in protein and vitamin D. Plus, it’s impossible not to feel fancy when you are eating shrimp.
Plums are not the most nutritiously rich fruit, but they are super low in calories, so you can eat a lot of them without ruining your diet.
Another low-calorie fruit, strawberries have lots of great nutrients like vitamin C and antioxidants. They are easy to eat, but they have a short shelf life, so make sure you don’t leave them in fridge for too many days.
17. Beef Jerky
High in protein, beef jerky is a great snack that can be kept at room temperature for a long time, so you can keep a bag at your desk and not worry about it going bad. It is usually made with a salt cure, so you shouldn’t eat jerky if your doctor has recommended you stay away from sodium.
18. Mixed Salad
Toss some spinach, romaine, kale, and swiss chard together with your favorite low-fat dressing and some almond slices for a healthy and delicious salad packed with vitamins and proteins you can enjoy at work.
19. Trail Mix
A good trail mix with nuts, raisins, and a little bit of dark chocolate will give you the energy you need to make it through the day, while providing your body with essential nutrients. Make sure to avoid trail mixes with milk chocolate, as they won’t give you the same health benefits as dark chocolate. If you have the ingredients, you can also easily make your own.
20. Berry Smoothies
Smoothies take a little more work to prepare, but it is worth it for a mid-morning drink that is delicious and good for you. Blend some blueberries with half a banana, almond milk, and some flax seeds for a smoothie to satisfy your hunger and make you feel great.
Try these 20 quick and easy snack ideas to help fight mid-day snack attacks. Keep a stash of these nutritious noshes on hand to keep yourself reach for a chocolate bar or a bag of chips.