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Last updated: September 19, 2021
There are literally tons of different options to choose from when it comes to snacks to eat at work. Most of us love munching on things, especially when we have to sit in an office all day, from Monday to Friday.
Luckily though, there are lots of healthy snacks available that can satisfy your taste buds and give you an extra kick of energy to get you through the day. Snacks that are nutritious and aren’t overloaded with sugar, fat, and all sorts of nasty ingredients.
Read on, as I am going to share 20 of my favorite healthy office snack ideas.
Top 20 Healthy Office Snacks
In no particular order, here are 20 delicious snacks for work!
1. Low Carb Nuts Such as Almonds
Most nuts are quite low in carbs and high in essential fats and nutrients.
Almonds are by far my favorite nuts to munch on, because they are extremely satisfying in the sense that you don’t feel like having to eat any more snacks after having a handful of almonds.
The almond is a nutrition powerhouse, sometimes referred to as “the king of nuts”. Almonds boast a range of nutrients, such as vitamin A, vitamin E, manganese, copper, fiber, protein, and omega-3’s.
Fruits are obviously also a very healthy snack to have in the afternoon, but the banana really stands out. Bananas have unique health benefits that some other fruits don’t have.
Did you know, for example, that bananas can help combat a negative mood? Bananas contain tryptophan, a chemical that gets converted into serotonin, a neurotransmitter that assists the brain in making you feel happy.
Loaded with minerals and vitamins, a banana will also give you an instant natural energy boost that can last for a couple of hours.
3. Protein or Nutrition Bars
You can find loads of different protein bars, nutrition bars and all sorts of other bars in your everyday supermarket. But the majority of them have a far too high sugar content, which is very unnecessary.
Sugar is added to satisfy the taste buds of the average buyer, but you should be looking out for nutrition bars with a relatively low sugar content.
And they should ideally have a high fiber and protein content and come with ingredients such as granola and peanut butter.
You can make your own nutrition bars at home too! Check out these simple recipes for energy bars you can make at home.
4. Greek Yogurt with Berries
Greek yogurt is a great low-calorie healthy snack, with far less sugar and calories but twice as much protein than regular yogurt.
And just like most regular yogurts, Greek yogurt is rich in calcium, which promotes bone and teeth health.
The main benefit of Greek yogurt over regular yogurt is that it offers digestive health benefits. Greek yogurt contains probiotics that keep the bacteria in your gut happy and healthy.
Make sure that the label of the Greek yogurt product you want to buy mentions that it contains live and active cultures. Add some fresh berries for a sweet taste and you’ll have yourself the perfect afternoon snack!
5. Dark Chocolate
Don’t we all love a piece of chocolate every now and then? But did you know that dark chocolate actually has some great health benefits? Dark chocolate (min 75% cocoa) with hazelnuts is an absolute winner!
Dark chocolate contains anti-oxidants, helps to control blood sugar levels, and just like bananas, dark chocolate also gives you serotonin which helps to improve your mood.
Read more about the health benefits of dark chocolate and why you don’t have to feel guilty when eating it in moderation.
6. Roasted Seaweed
Roasted seaweed (aka nori) is that crunchy layer around sushi. Similar to making paper, roasted seaweed is made by shredding, drying and roasting nori seaweed.
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The Japanese consider nori as a food of longevity and have been eating it since centuries. Very low in calories and high in iodine, vitamin B12 and potassium, nori has quite an impressive nutritional profile.
While most people would typically eat roasted seaweed as part of sushi, you can actually also just eat it just by itself. It may not be for everyone but I personally love nori seaweed as a light snack.
Olives are certainly not for everyone, but my appreciation for this high-fat fruit has grown to a point where I try to eat them almost on a daily basis.
Over the years, I’ve slowly acquired a taste for olives, so much so that I often even eat them as a quick snack in the afternoon. Yum!
This may come as a surprise to many, but did you know that there are literally hundreds of different varieties of olives and olive trees around the world?
8. Celery With Hummus Dip
I love dipping celery sticks in organic hummus at night watching a movie, but you can just as easily have this delicious combo-snack while doing your work at the computer.
Originally a spread from the Middle East, hummus is primarily made with mashed chickpeas typically blended with olive oil, tahini, lemon juice and garlic.
Original hummus, with real ingredients, is a great source of protein and fiber, and contains a wide range of vitamins and minerals.
9. Cucumber with Feta Cheese
Use sliced cucumber as green crackers and put some delicious feta cheese on top of them. Or otherwise, use thinly sliced cucumber to create a sushi-like snack with feta cheese in the middle.
Feta cheese certainly offers nutritional value but eat in moderation as it also contains sodium and saturated fats.
Check out this cucumber-feta bites recipe as another great example of a different type of snack.
10. Roasted Chickpeas
Hummus is made with chickpeas but you can also eat them by themselves. Roasted chickpeas are absolutely delicious and are a great snack for in the office.
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What’s so good about chick peas? Chickpeas are typically high in plant-based protein and fiber and they quickly make you feel full so you don’t feel the urge to keep snacking.
11. Natural Jerky
Jerky may not be for the vegetarians and the vegans among us, but they make for excellent office snacks.
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Easy to take with you, natural jerky has a surprisingly good nutritional profile (low in carbohydrates, high in protein) and you can’t go past the taste.
Make sure you choose the natural jerky, without all the nasty preservatives or any other ingredients that you typically can’t pronounce.
Dates may not be your first choice when it comes to alternative, healthy snacks but they are in fact super nutritious.
Dates are high in dietary fiber, iron, potassium, B vitamins and vitamins A and K, and contain zero fat. Admittedly, the taste of dates is not for everyone, but they surely are a great afternoon office snack.
13. Free-Range Eggs
Eggs are an undervalued super food as far as I’m concerned. Boil a few eggs in the morning ans eat them as snacks in the afternoon.
Not only will you be taking in loads of natural nutrients, you’ll also feel very satisfied. Put a bit of light mayonnaise on them for some extra flavors!
14. Cottage Cheese
Just like Greek yogurt, cottage cheese is a great source of complete dairy proteins, provides you with all the amino acids your body needs to function properly.
Cottage cheese also contains calcium and phosphorus which promotes bone health, and vitamin A and B vitamins.
The taste of cottage cheese may not be for everyone, but I absolutely love it. Add some berries for some more sweetness if you find cottage cheese hard to eat by itself.
15. Roasted Edamame Beans
Very popular in Japan, edamame beans are basically boiled green soybeans and they are an excellent source of fiber, protein, vitamins and minerals.
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To really enjoy edamame beans as an office snack, it’s a great idea to roast them to make them a bit crunchier. The best way to do this is by placing them in the oven, mixed with a bit of salt and perhaps a little olive oil.
16. Sliced Bell Peppers
Peppers are not only great for an Asian style stir fry, they also taste very refreshing when you eat them raw.
Slice a few peppers in the morning, take them with you in a little container, and snack on them in the late afternoon.
17. Organic Potato Chips
If you’re an absolute fan of potato chips and you don’t want to give up on them, there are actually also healthy versions. And they are tasty too!
They are usually a bit pricier than conventional chips but they are worth it. You can get organic potato chips at most supermarkets or otherwise on Amazon too.
Check out my list of delicious and healthy organic snacks for more great ideas.
18. Whole Grain Rice Cake with Peanut Butter
Spread a few brown rice cakes with organic peanut butter and you’ll have yourself the perfect afternoon snack that will quickly fill you up.
I always go for brown rice cakes instead of white rice cakes, for the same reason as I prefer brown rice over white rice, as brown rice is lower in calories and higher in fiber.
Make sure the peanut butter is made with 100% peanuts, with no added vegetable oil, sugar or other nasties.
19. Kale Chips
Kale may not be everyone’s cup of tea, and you may even be tired by now of hearing about the health benefits of kale (yes kale is very healthy!).
But munching on kale in the form of chips is a great way to reap the health benefits of the nutritional powerhouse that kale is.
Don’t want to make them yourself? You can buy them online at Amazon, or find them in your local supermarket.
20. Green Smoothies
Admittedly, a green smoothie can hardly be classified as a snack, but with a decent blender you can create yourself a thick and filling smoothie with a good dose of fruits and vegetables and drink that in the afternoon.
You’d be surprised how satisfying a nutritious green smoothie can be, especially in the afternoon at work, when you still have a few hours to go.
Otherwise, if you’d like to get started with blending, check out my list of recommended smoothie blenders for some excellent affordable machine that can make great green smoothies.
Avoid Conventional Snacks
Working in an office and sitting on a chair all day, not moving around enough, and staring at a computer screen for hours on end is obviously not a very good lifestyle.
This type of lifestyle, without regular exercise and with poor diet choices, can lead to unwanted weight gain and other health issues.
Unfortunately, snacking is so easy to do. Lots of offices have vending machines and all major supermarkets have aisles dedicated to all sorts of processed and unhealthy snacks.
That Irresistible Urge
The irresistible urge to have a snack becomes greater in the afternoon when we’re feeling lethargic, sleepy, tired or just plain bored.
This is exactly why snacks are so popular in work environments, because they can give us a quick energy boost as well as a mental boost that keeps us going for the rest of the day.
More than often we choose the unhealthy type of snacks, such as biscuits, potato chips, chocolate bars, and so on. These snacks are loaded with all sorts of nasty ingredients, including processed white sugar.
While many people believe that fat is our number one enemy, it is actually sugar that is the bigger threat to our body weight and overall health.
Eating unhealthy of snacks on a regular basis and not moving around or exercising enough, will leave us with excess sugar that turns into body fat.
This is why so many office workers typically end up with excess weight around the hips and the waist.
How Does Insulin Work?
Insulin is a very important hormone that is responsible for dealing with our sugar intake. Whenever we eat something, whether that is sugary or not, insulin immediately comes into action.
Almost all foods contain some amount of sugar, and when we eat, glucose enters our bloodstream. What insulin then does, it allows cells to absorb this glucose for energy.
This is actually a good and necessary thing, but when we take in too much glucose, this gets converted into, and stored as, fat. And too much body fat can lead to illness.
That is also what happens when we consume too many sugary snacks and we are not moving enough. Excess sugar leads to excess body weight because we are not burning off the calories we are taking in.
Another problem with eating sugary snacks is that it leaves us feel hungry again, and that obviously leads to eating more snacks.
As you can see, snacking can also be healthy and nutritious. It’s easy to overlook the kilos you’re slowly adding by munching on dirty snacks every day when you’re at work.
But it’s just as easy to turn snacking into a healthy habit by substituting unhealthy snacks by much healthier and more nutritious options.
Sure, you may need a but more time to prepare some of these healthy snacks, but it can make such a huge difference.
I would love to hear your healthy snack ideas for work too, so please leave a comment to share with us what you like to munch on in the office!