We do our best to keep our eating on track. We eat a balanced breakfast, opt for a lighter lunch, and plan a healthy dinner. But when that mid-afternoon slump hits and the vending machine down the hall starts singing its enchanting siren songs, it’s all too easy to undo a day of healthy meals with a quick and less-than-healthy snack. The way to beat this is simple: be prepared. Snacking is about convenience, so a good snack should be easy to grab and go, especially in the middle of a workday. Here are 5 healthy snacks that you can keep in your work fridge or desk drawer and be prepared when hunger strikes (and all without sacrificing flavor)!
Peanut Butter Yogurt Dip and Fruit
Satisfy your sweet tooth and curb hunger with this protein-packed duo.
- 1/2 cup Greek yogurt, fat free, plain
- 1/4 cup natural peanut butter, crunchy recommended
- Combine all the ingredients in a small bowl, refrigerate until ready to eat.
- Serve with your favorite fruit or veggie…my favorite is organic apple wedges.
Recipe courtesy of skinnyms.com
Cheesy, crunchy, salty? Yes, please! If you’re not a big fan of pickles you can make a deli roll-up instead, using your favorite cheese, deli meat, and veggies!
- 6 oz. ham (or salami)
- 4 oz. cream cheese
- pinch of paprika
- 2 tsp. chopped dill (optional)
- Freshly ground black pepper
- 4 medium dill pickles
- For each roll-up, lay two slices of ham onto a cutting board and top with about a tablespoon of cream cheese.
- Sprinkle with paprika, dill (if using), and pepper. Place a pickle in the center and roll the ham around the pickles.
- Slice roll-up into four pieces. Repeat with remaining ingredients and serve immediately, with toothpicks if desired.
Recipe and photo courtesy of www.delish.com
Chili Lime Popcorn
This stuff is seriously addicting, but it’s so guilt-free that it’s okay!
- 1/4 cup of popcorn kernels
- 4 tablespoons of coconut oil, divided
- 1 teaspoon of chili powder
- juice and zest of 1 lime
- kosher salt to taste
- Pop the popcorn as per the directions on the packaging. Use 2 tablespoons of coconut oil.
- In a small saucepan, heat 2 tablespoons of coconut oil on medium-low.
- Add the chili powder, and stir well to combine.
- Add the juice of one lime leaving just a bit of juice in the lime to spritz the popcorn when served.
- Stir to combine.
- Bring to a low simmer, remove from heat, and stir.
- When the popcorn is ready, drizzle the coconut oil over the popcorn.
- Cover and toss to coat.
- Finish the popcorn off with a spritz of lime juice and sprinkle with lime zest.
Recipe courtesy of www.killingthyme.net
Crispy Garlic Parmesan Edamame
Few things are more simple and delicious than the flavor medley that is garlic and parmesan. These scrumptious bites will satisfy your craving for salt, savory, and crunch (without all the carbs). Potato chips who?
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, then set aside.
In a medium bowl, add parmesan cheese, garlic powder, salt, and pepper, then mix together. Set bowl nearby.
In another medium bowl, add fresh (or thawed) edamame. (Hint: if thawing edamame, place in a pot of cool water for 5-10 minutes, then drain and pat edamame dry). Add olive oil to bowl and toss with edamame to coat.
Pour parmesan cheese mixture on top of edamame, then stir until edamame is evenly coated.
Spread edamame on prepared baking sheet in an even layer. Bake in the oven for 12-15 minutes or until cheese is melted and browned to your liking.
Let cool for 5 minutes before serving.
Recipe and photo courtesy of homemadehooplah.com
That’s right, just throw some grapes in the freezer at work! Next time you’re needing something sweet and cool, with a consistency surprisingly similar to ice cream, just grab a handful and snack away!