Homemade Snacks Perfect for the Office
Those dreaded mid-morning and mid-afternoon snack craving hours… How can you possibly fight them? Check out these healthy homemade snacks that can help you win the battle then read more about eating and exercise. Healthy homemade snack goodness to the rescue!
Healthy homemade snacks you’ll love
Maintaining a healthy diet and working full-time at the same time can sometimes prove to be a challenge.
When you’re faced with a choice of fast food, office canteen delicacies, and sugar-packed snacks available at every corner, looking for a healthy alternative can be somewhat frustrating.
Hence, the smartest move in your situation would be to prepare your own meals and take them with you!
To come to your aid, we have prepared nine surefire healthy homemade snacks for all those times when you can’t afford a meal away from your desk but don’t want to give up on your healthy eating habits (many of these make for great bedtimes snacks too).
1. Granola bars
Combining muesli and good old bars is your key to smuggling granola into the tasty and healthy lunchtime snack without having to worry about marking your steps with crumbs scattered all around your desk.
Rich in fiber, they will fill you up for longer and boost your energy levels with carbohydrates, for better work performance.
2. Oatmeal cookies
While oatmeal in itself may not be the best idea for an at-the-desk snack, the cookies will definitely do. Filling and tasty, they give you a variety of options when it comes to the sweet additions you want to pair them with – raisins will work just as well as any other type of dried fruit.
You’re also free to size them up or down and set your own rules for the ratio of oats vs fruit.
3. Kale chips
Kale is an underestimated (and rather unknown) vegetable that can be prepared in a plethora of ways. As you have surely heard of kale serving as an addition to other foods, you might give baked kale chips a thought – these are a healthy alternative to the popular salty and fatty chips.
Nibbling on crispy kale leaves will definitely make you want no other!
4. Sweet nuts
If it’s a candy that is your guilty pleasure, it’s high time you started making your own. Full of fiber and protein, nuts dipped in a little bit of honey or sprinkled with cinnamon serve as both a sweet and healthy snack to add a little flavor to the everyday work routine.
An added benefit is the presence of the “good” fats, necessary for that glowing skin and strong hair.
5. Peanut butter balls
Another touch of flavor for the candy lovers, peanut butter balls combine the sweet side with the healthy one by including oats and coconut into its recipe.
Cinnamon, maple syrup, and apple cider are also welcome – joining these all together are sure to make you stop craving that unoriginal chocolate!
6. Fruit or veggie smoothie
Easy and quick to prepare, and an all-around vitamin bomb. Choose your favorite fruit or vegetables, or make the best of both worlds and combine the two to make a delicious and healthy smoothie.
A great benefit to this snack is the possibility to mix a variety of ingredients of your choice, including the addition of soy or coconut milk for a vegan version.
Store-bought yogurt comes very close to the ideal snack, but if you want to know exactly what you’re eating, you can make your own with the milk of known origin.
As a bonus, you may also add your favorite mix of organic fruit on top and enjoy a proper lunch of protein and vitamins whenever you want.
8. Green popcorn
Originally proposed by The Whole Tara, green popcorn is a healthy alternative to the fatty and salty type of popcorn you can meet in movie theaters all across the globe.
Taking a little longer to prepare than regular homemade popcorn, it’s worth the effort as the final product comes close to the original in flavor, yet is devoid of all the drawbacks of its prototype.
9. Banana Bread
To put a twist on the regular (and fattening) bread, you can make your own – and we’re not even talking about whole grain flour and hours of baking, but about banana bread for which you only need a few basic products and a bit of patience.
Treating it as a snack, you can easily eat banana bread on its own or combine it with ingredients of your choice to create healthy sandwiches for any time of day.
With a list that is long and diverse, you are bound to find your best pick (or picks) and keep your diet both healthy and varied – even when hard at work. Enjoy!