It’s 3:00 PM at the office and your afternoon cravings begin to kick in. You start looking around for a filling snack but only find leftover cake from your co-worker’s birthday. Having a healthy snack on hand is key to power through your workday and stay focused. Since cake won’t do the job, we compiled a list of healthy yet filling snacks you can easily make at the office to beat the hunger crash.
Sliced Banana with Almond Butter: Bananas are certainly a filling fruit; a medium banana has about 110 calories and 25g of carbs. They are an excellent source of vitamin B6 and a good source of potassium and fiber (1). Not only will they help fill you up, pairing it with almond butter gives you the healthy fats and extra protein boost you need for the rest of the workday.
Avocado on Whole Wheat Toast: Does your office have a toaster? Great! You will be using it now. Bring in a few avocados along with a few slices of whole wheat bread for an easy snack. Just toast the bread, smear half an avocado on it and there you go! This snack is packed with fiber as well as heart healthy monounsaturated fats (2). Add salt and pepper for taste.
Apple Slices with Peanut Butter: Need we say more? This classic combination is great for achieving that sweet yet salty taste and provides you with a good amount of protein and fiber.
Veggies and Hummus: Hummus contains a decent amount of protein and a number of essential vitamin and minerals. While it can be high in fat, it is mostly heart-healthy unsaturated fat. And we all know how healthy vegetables are! Some popular veggies to combine are:
- Red or Green Bell Pepper strips
- Sugar Snap Peas
Greek Yogurt with Granola: Add some sweetness to your day with Greek yogurt and nut-based granola. You can even try out non-dairy options like soy or coconut milk based Greek yogurt. Filled with important macronutrients like protein and carbohydrates, one cup can help fill you up for the rest of the afternoon.